It is “black-letter law” in New York that the four elements a plaintiff must plead and prove to succeed on a legal malpractice claim are: (1) the existence of an attorney-client relationship; (2) negligence on the part of the attorney or some other conduct in breach of that relationship; (3)... Read more →


The dawn of a new year makes us pause for a moment and reflect upon the past year. Doing so within the cyber security space in 2018 reminds us once again that none of us are safe from the challenges and risks of living and practicing law in a technological... Read more →


What does this mean to you? It means the carrier will never settle a claim on your behalf, without your consent. Watch our latest video on the removal of the "hammer clause" and why this matters. Call or email USI Affinity today for additional information. 1.855.USI.0100 Read more →


Attorneys who practice long enough may encounter the prospect of receiving a letter from a bar disciplinary office containing notice of a complaint from a client or third party. Similar to legal malpractice claims, the majority of ethics grievances involve alleged misconduct by sole practitioners and lawyers in small law... Read more →


On October 17, 2018, the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 483 on a lawyers' obligations after an electronic data breach or cyberattack. This opinion acts as the compliment to Formal Opinion 477R which opines on a lawyer's obligations to safe guard protected... Read more →


Veterans are the nation’s protectors, the defenders of American ideals and freedom. This Veterans Day marks the 100th year of celebrating these military heroes, both past and present, and collectively thanking them for their sacrifice. Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day until 1954, is a day to show appreciation for those... Read more →


Cyber Liability - Understanding the Difference Between 1st Party and 3rd Party Coverage

Cyber Liability Insurance for Law Firms – It is no longer a “Nice to Have” USI Affinity knows what your LPL Policy covers and why you need a “stand alone” Cyber Liability insurance policy. Click below to listen to a synopsis of Mike Mooney speaking on Cyber Liability coverage and... Read more →


In New York, expert testimony is generally required at trial or on a motion for summary judgment to successfully establish (or defend) each element of a legal malpractice claim. A major exception to that rule exists when the issues to be determined are within a layperson’s experience and comprehension1. In... Read more →


We counsel all types of clients about the importance of protecting themselves and those they serve from the dangers of cyber attacks and intrusions into their electronic systems and digital lives. When we offer such counsel, we talk about things such as the importance of identifying cyber risk, ways to... Read more →


As states continue to become compliant with the REAL ID Act, which sets universal, nation-wide standards for identification (i.e. driver’s licenses), there is still mounting confusion for companies and their corporate travelers over which enforcement deadlines to pay attention to. To break it down, there are two deadline types you... Read more →