Avoiding Exposure: How to Ethically Prevent and Address Legal Malpractice Claims (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2015 webcast, Avoiding Exposure: How to Ethically Prevent and Address Legal Malpractice Claims.

Topics covered include:

  • Identify potential ethical and legal malpractice claims and avoid professional liability risk
  • Respond appropriately when you are aware of a situation that could reasonably lead to a legal malpractice claim, or when such a claim is made or threatened against you
  • Identify other key risks facing law firms

Lawsuits against lawyers arising from errors and/or omissions in the performance of legal services continue to rise. It is now an integral part of a law firm's business practice to evaluate its legal risk and malpractice insurance needs. This program is designed to educate attorneys about their ethical responsibilities and legal malpractice exposures; what they should do in the event that a lawsuit is filed against them; and what they should do when situations arise that indicate that a legal malpractice claim is likely. The presenters will also discuss miscellaneous issues facing law firms, including cyber liability and crime.




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.

Dennis Quinn, Carr Maloney / Washington, DC

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. Del. 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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