Attorney Ethics & Legal Malpractice Claims in the “New Normal”

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Insurance

Course Description

The COVID-19 outbreak presents a host of new ethical questions and new areas of professional risks for attorneys. This program, presented by Jeffrey Cunningham of Goldberg Segalla, LLP includes a national survey of claims based on attorney malpractice and professional misconduct in the COVID era, related causes of action, and common defenses in the context of the global pandemic and the practice of law in the “new normal”. The program will also discuss ethical issues and their interaction with malpractice exposure, using real-world examples and an analysis of the practice of law during the pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss basic ethical considerations related to professional liability claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Consider the essential elements of legal malpractice claims in the context of the pandemic
  3. Identify common defenses and present best practices aimed at preventing and mitigating potential claims in the “new normal”
  4. Provide attorneys with daily practice advice to stay ethical, reduce risk, and better serve their clients

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Jeffrey Cunningham

Goldberg Segalla

Jeff’s practice focuses primarily on defending lawyers, accountants and other professionals as well as handling general and premises liability claims. His practice also includes insurance coverage litigation and products liability defense. Jeff also defends clients in disciplinary and ethics proceedings.

While attending law school, Jeff worked as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and at the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Prior to law school, Jeff was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. While at The Citadel, Jeff served as the First Battalion Honor Court representative.

Since 2014, Jeff has been selected to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars List. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected to this list.