The Most Common Risks Facing Law Firms, and How to Avoid Them (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2014 webcast, The Most Common Risks Facing Law Firms, and How to Avoid Them.

Topics covered include:

  • How to carefully select your clients
  • How to manage the engagement and non-engagement of potential clients
  • How to properly terminate a client relationship
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest
  • How to avoid a malpractice claim from a dissatisfied client
  • How to avoid fee disputes
  • How to avoid missed deadlines
  • How to avoid poor lawyering
  • How to avoid untimely notice of claims to the insurer
  • How to avoid falling victim to an Internet scam or data security breach
  • How to prevent employee theft

Of utmost importance to you as a lawyer is avoiding the potential pitfall or trap that could cost you your reputation, your money, or possibly even your license. While some ethical violations are obvious, others are not so overt. During this 2-hour interactive seminar, Eileen Garczynski and Dennis Quinn will share their list of the most common risks facing law firms today. These are the missteps that generate the most legal malpractice claims and the most damages. Learn from others’ mistakes and avoid an error of your own!


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Eileen Garczynski, Ames & Gough / McLean
Eileen Garczynski is a senior vice president and equity partner of Ames & Gough. She co-leads the law firm initiative, focusing on the risk management and insurance needs of law firms. She is also the chair of the Insurance & Risk Management Committee for the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association.  She is located in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Garczynski joined Ames & Gough in 2007. She is a lawyer by training and has more than 25 years of risk management and insurance experience. She served as a claims manager and inside counsel for both Travelers Insurance Company and Wausau Insurance Company. She also was a litigation and risk manager for the American Red Cross and spent seven years with LexisNexis as a strategic market planning manager, developing key insurance and legal products for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and insurers.

Ms Garczynski received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a market strategy certificate from Georgetown University, and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the College of Wooster.

Dennis Quinn, Carr Maloney / Washington, D.C.
Dennis Quinn concentrates his practice on professional liability cases and commercial litigation. He has successfully defended hundreds of lawyers and accountants in malpractice actions and ethical complaints.

Mr. Quinn has tried cases in most of the state and federal courts in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Some of his published trial and appellate cases include:

  • Zazzali v. Hirschler Fleischer, P.C., 482 B.R. 495 (D. De. 2012).
  • USA Waste of Maryland, Inc. v. Love, 954 A.2d 1027 (D.C. 2008).
  • Mutual Benefit Group v. Gentzler & Smith Associates, 496 F. Supp. 2d 133 (D.D.C 2007).
  • Carranza v. Fraas, 471 F. Supp. 2d 8 (D.D.C. 2007).
  • Liu v. Allen, 894 A.2d 453 (D.C. 2006).
  • Mavity v. Fraas, 456 F. Supp. 2d 29 (D.D.C. 2006).
  • Carolina Cas. Ins. Co. v. Draper & Goldberg, P.L.L.C., 138 Fed. Appx. 542 (4th Cir. 2005).
  • Bank of America v. Musselman, 240 F. Supp. 2d 547 (E.D. Va. 2003).

Mr. Quinn has been active in numerous bar activities over the years. He currently serves as an elected representative to the Virginia State Bar Council.  In 2010-11 he served as president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and was on its Board of Directors for seven years.  He is also on the faculty of Virginia State Professionalism Course taught to all newly admitted Virginia attorneys.

After graduating law school, Dennis spent six years on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he tried over 120 criminal and civil cases. During the Persian Gulf War, he served as the staff judge advocate to an amphibious battle group that fought in several combat operations off the coast of Kuwait.
In 1993, he joined the White House Counsel’s Office as Special Counsel to the President, responsible for overseeing the background investigations of all political appointees. Upon leaving the White House, he served as Senior Counsel to the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. In that capacity, he was in charge of the medical records dealing with President Kennedy’s medical treatment and autopsy.

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