The recent New York Appellate Division, First Department, decision of Jose Borges v. Alfred Placeres, 2019 NY Slip Op 29221 (1st Dept. 2019) sheds light on the often murky topic of when a legal malpractice claim can be assigned. The Borges decision helpfully explains some circumstances when a legal malpractice... Read more →


Lawyers and Cybersecurity: Lawyers Fail to Make the Grade in the ABA’s Most Recent Report Card In late October, the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center released its ABA TechReport 2019.[1] Unfortunately, the report was not good news for lawyers. The report, based upon responses from lawyers across the... Read more →


As lawyers, communicating with our clients is a vital part of our practice. Not only are our communications with clients a critical part of simply being able to handle matters on their behalf but keeping clients informed on active or ongoing matters is also an ethical obligation. Read more →


As cyber professionals often counsel, it’s “when, not if” a cyber attack will affect you, your firm and your clients. Our duties and obligations as practitioners require that we take steps to protect ourselves and our clients from the risks associated with such attacks, including developing and implementing plans and... Read more →


Watch our latest video about our NEW policy enhancement - Fee Suit Avoidance. In an effort to reduce the number of suits for fees that result in counter claims for malpractice – USI Affinity has negotiated with the carrier to provide assistance. As a market leader in Lawyers’ Professional Liability,... Read more →


Pleading and Proving a Fraud Cause of Action - Case Update 2019: Epiphany Community Nursery School v. Hugh W. Levey, et.al The recent New York Appellate Division, First Department, decision of Epiphany Community Nursery School v. Hugh W. Levey, et.al, 2019 NY Slip Op 00842 (1st Dept. 2019) sheds light... Read more →


It was 2:32 a.m. in January 2019 at EQT’s headquarters. A senior level employee who was slated for a layoff the next day, entered the premises and connected his company-issued laptop to a private network, transferring confidential trade secrets to his personal Google drive. In addition, he removed a portable... Read more →


Introduction Numerous risk management guidelines advise lawyers that the last thing they should ever do is sue for fees. That is good advice. In response, however, many attorneys ask: “Well, what should I do? I have to get my bills paid!” The standard reply given is: “Don’t get behind on... Read more →


Since the cost of “full service” representation is cost-prohibitive for many, it is not uncommon for clients to retain an attorney to perform designated legal services. In the corporate world, it is also not uncommon for corporate clients to divide legal representation into discrete tasks and to retain different lawyers... Read more →