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30 Things Every Solo Attorney Needs to Know to Avoid Malpractice

30 Things Every Solo Attorney Needs to Know to Avoid Malpractice (2022)

Credits: 1.5 EP
Originally presented on July 28, 2022

Using a 30-item checklist as the presentation backdrop, this program will highlight common malpractice and ethical concerns solo, small firm and rural lawyers face and share practical tips lawyers can use to responsibly address the concerns identified. Sample topics include file documentation best practices, the importance of wellness, and calendaring and conflict checking processes.

Since 1998,  Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented over 550 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.