Welcome to the New York State Bar Association Insurance Program! The New York State Bar Association Insurance Program has helped to protect NYSBA members and their law firms for over 50 years. Today, the NYSBA Insurance Program offers 13 firm and personal coverage solutions to help safeguard members’ professional reputation,... Read more →


Discovery can be arduous and time consuming, made all the more taxing when the documents to be produced, or that have been produced, lack organization. Indexing documents through bates stamping - and now newer technologies - generally helps ease discovery and litigation in general, reducing time and saving money for... Read more →


Ames & Gough’s most recent annual survey of lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) insurance claims found that malpractice claims are being driven by inadequate protection against conflicts of interest as well as participation in emerging and complex practice areas, according to an Insurance Journal report. In every year since the survey... Read more →


Beginning with the assumption that all the lawyers in your firm are actually drafting and updating client engagement letters on a regular basis, are you also utilizing your engagement letter to guard against a cyber-related liability claim from your client and minimizing your risk? If not, you are missing a... Read more →


It is well-settled law in most jurisdictions that litigators have the freedom to use reasonable judgment in making strategic choices on behalf of their clients, without fear of legal malpractice liability. Despite this, lawyers are not immune from attacks on their decision making, with clients routinely trying to “second guess”... Read more →


It is widely understood that the Statute of Limitations – the timeframe in which it is appropriate to file a claim – for Legal Malpractice in New York, as in many jurisdictions, is three (3) years1. However, when does a potential claim accrue, thus commencing that three year period? When... Read more →


They hold various titles for their daily roles in the practice of law: paralegal, legal secretary, paraprofessional, law clerk, project assistant, docketing clerk, research assistant, and the list is ever expanding. Regardless of their title, members of law firm support staff serve a critical role in the daily practice of... Read more →


The continuing risk to law firms and their lawyers was highlighted once again late last month when the Warminster, Pennsylvania law firm, O’Neill, Bragg & Staffin, P.C. filed a 55-page complaint against Bank of America Corporation alleging, inter alia, that the Bank breached its contractual obligations to the firm after... Read more →


On July 4th 242 years ago, a room full of delegates and appointed officials signed into being a new nation built on ideals now nearly synonymous with the American way of life. On that day, there was no certainty that the United States would win their battle against England but... Read more →


It is well-settled that in order to adequately plead legal malpractice the complaint must allege negligence, but-for-causation and ascertainable damages1. These allegations must be supported with factual assertions. Bare legal conclusions devoid of factual specificity will not suffice. Yet under CPLR § 3211, the pleading standard is broad and lenient.... Read more →