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ABA’s Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims 2016-2019: A Publication as Exciting as a New Phone Book

February 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Mark Johnson and Mark Fucile

In the tenth month of the annus horribilis (also known as October 2020), the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability published Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims 2016-2019, its eighth study of legal malpractice claims data.1

The study analyzed 38,570 claims reported during the three-year period of the study from data provided by 16 insurers — eight companies from the National Association of Bar-Related Insurance Companies and eight commercial insurers.2 While the information contained in the study is important for insurers, it also provides practicing attorneys with valuable risk...

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