Publications

Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Legal Malpractice

Ten Tips for Responding to an ARDC Inquiry By Karen J. Dilibert April 2001 Column, Page 213 Being the subject of an ARDC grievance is a lawyer's nightmare. Here's what to do; and what not to; if it happens to you.
Taking an Equity Interest in a Client; Is it Worth the Risk? By Anne E. Thar February 2001 Column, Page 101 Should you take your fee in the form of stock options in a client company? Before you say "yes," read on.
The Perils of Elma Fudd, Esq. - Malpractice Risks in Business Formations By Anne E. Thar December 2000 Column, Page 727 It's a common situation; a small group seeking a lawyer's help in forming a closely held business entity; that presents multiple malpractice traps for lawyers.
A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession By Frank P. Andreano October 2000 Article, Page 592 The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.
Legal Malpractice, Ethics, and Your Support Staff By Anne E. Thar October 2000 Column, Page 603 Learn in chilling detail the enormous risk you take when you cut corners on staff training and supervision, and find out what to do about it.
Public and appellate defenders once again granted immunity — P.A. 91-877 September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 Public and appellate defenders and those who contract for their services are once again immune from legal and professional malpractice claims under a new Illinois law.
Fender Benders Pose Malpractice Risks, Too By Anne E. Thar August 2000 Column, Page 479 Plaintiffs' lawyers take note -- many of those "routine" cases come with not-so-ordinary malpractice pitfalls.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2000 Column, Page 434 You still have the right to remain silent; UPL and in-house counsel; and more.
Balancing the Tripartite Relationship between Defendant, Defense Counsel, and Insurer By David H. Anderson July 2000 Article, Page 384 A review of issues important both to defense lawyers and counsel for the insured.
Correspondence from Our Readers May 2000 Column, Page 246 Flood-of-PD-lawsuits prediction all wet?
Nice Guys Finish Last in Wills and Estate Planning By Anne E. Thar April 2000 Column, Page 235 Confused elderly parents, estranged (and strange) children; estate-planning practice can pose serious malpractice risks for the best of lawyers. Here's what to watch for.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2000 Column, Page 124 Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.
When a client filed a malpractice counterclaim against his former lawyer, the client did not waive its attorney-client privilege with respect to relevant documents in the possession of the client’s new attorney March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 In 1986, the defendants, Van Straaten Gallery, Inc., hired the plaintiff to draft contracts that would limit the liability that the defendants owed to consignment artists at their gallery.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 2000 Column, Page 62 Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.
Ten Tips for the Newly Admitted By Anne E. Thar February 2000 Column, Page 105 Sage advice for the freshly minted.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
Are You Representing the Wrong Clients? By Anne E. Thar December 1999 Column, Page 671 Learn how to screen prospective cases and clients to reduce your risk of being sued.
There’s No Place Like Home By Anne E. Thar October 1999 Column, Page 553 Repeat those words before following the Yellow Brick Road to malpractice and UPL risks in an unfamiliar jurisdiction.
Five Steps to Improving Client Relations and Reducing Legal Malpractice Claims By Anne E. Thar August 1999 Column, Page 437 How not to get on your client's bad side — and the wrong side of a malpractice suit.
What Do Clients Really Want? It’s Time You Found Out By Anne E. Thar June 1999 Column, Page 331 Here's a survey to help you improve your deskside manner.
Workers’ Comp Malpractice Headaches By Anne E. Thar April 1999 Column, Page 219 Workers' comp lawyers are cursed with a special set of headaches. The remedy? Follow this advice.
Don’t Be a Sitting Duck for In-Firm Theft By Anne E. Thar February 1999 Column, Page 105 Think the unthinkable; put safeguards in place to protect yourself from theft and embezzlement by employees and colleagues.
Attorney client privilege protects correspondence between a client and the law firm first retained by that client to pursue his malpractice claim December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On October 14, 1998, the first district of the Illinois Appellate Court vacated a contempt order arising out of a legal malpractice suit.
Twelve Steps to Prepare Your Practice for the New Millenium By Anne E. Thar December 1998 Column, Page 695 This 12-step plan will help you enter the 21st Century with a fresh approach to your practice and a lower risk of malpractice.
Lawyer Liability in Illinois and the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers By Peter A. Monahan and Patricia M. Noonan November 1998 Article, Page 606 Here's how this soon-to-be published Restatement is likely to affect lawyer malpractice liability in Illinois.
Malpractice and the Moorman Doctrine’s “Exception of the Month” By Mark C. Friedlander and Andrea B. Friedlander November 1998 Article, Page 600 The Illinois Supreme Court has found that the economic loss doctrine bars tort malpractice claims against some professionals but not others. But where to draw the line...?