Publications

Articles on Legal Malpractice

The Letterhead Name Game

By Karen J. Dilibert
October
2001
Column
Page 545
What's in that name on your firm's letterhead? Trouble, if you don't mind your ps and qs.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
September
2001
Column
Page 450
Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.

Closing Pandora’s Box for Workers’ Comp Lawyers

By Karen J. Dilibert
August
2001
Column
Page 435
The recently issued Keef decision seems to open a Pandora's Box of malpractice plagues for workers' comp attorneys. Or does it?

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Law Firm

By Karen J. Dilibert
June
2001
Column
Page 323
Before you jump on the train, Jane, read about how tricky it can be to say farewell to your old firm and start or join a new one.

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...?

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