In this course, ethics expert and legal malpractice attorney Daniel Abrams shares his views on how lawyers can protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical headaches. Here, Mr. Abrams covers the primary reasons why lawyers are sued, what plaintiffs’ legal malpractice lawyers are looking for in a lawsuit, the primary stages of a representation where lawyers get into trouble, and practical steps an attorney can take to minimize risk. This course is applicable to attorneys in all practice areas.
I. Identify what plaintiffs’ attorneys look for in a potential malpractice case
II. Spot and avoid clients who are more trouble than they are worth
III. Understand how to decline representation within the parameters of the Ethics rules
IV. Use legal bills to strengthen the attorney-client relationship
V. Gain insight and miscellaneous tips to minimize risk
This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit
Daniel L. Abrams’ practice focuses on legal malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Abrams has helped many corporations and individuals complaining of inadequate legal services or overbilling obtain relief and settlements from their former attorneys. He represents mostly plaintiffs but occasionally defendants in legal malpractice cases and other disputes related to legal ethics, including legal fee disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, cases alleging conflicts of interest, and other professional responsibility issues. Lawyers and law firms frequently hire Mr. Abrams to serve as lawyer, expert or consultant on issues related to legal ethics or the law governing lawyers. He has taught legal ethics to other lawyers for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, Lawline.com and Access MCLE. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Suffolk Law School.
In addition to his legal malpractice and ethics practice, Mr. Abrams has an active business litigation practice. Mr. Abrams’ clients include business owners, general counsel, and individuals in a full range of business litigation and arbitration matters. His cases have included business dealings arising out of oil & gas contracts, licensing agreements, business mergers, employment agreements, financing arrangements, business fraud, trade secrets, and corporate whistleblower allegations. His litigation cases include a successful multi-million dollar reversal of an arbitration award, a defense victory after a bench trial in a breach of contract case, and many favorable settlements of commercial disputes and legal malpractice cases.
Mr. Abrams received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 where he was an Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. He is a member of The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Subcommittee on Lawyer Promotion and Advertising from 2004-2007. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Mr. Abrams made a great presentation - well done. He was very matter of fact and provided extremely helpful information especially for a solo practitioner such as myself.
Good outline for potential issues in dealing with and communicating with clients.
This was the best CLE that I took this year. The attorney was very approachable and spoke in a very sincere manner.
Very good consistent yet not boring presenter
good interesting presenter with relevant materials.
excellent presentation for important subject
Good program. Exactly what I wanted.
This was particularly very informative.
He's on top of his game. I enjoyed it.
Very good speaker. Good program. I learned a lot.
Very good presentation
Excellently presented and very informative.
Good practical and NOT boring!
A lot of good information.
I like the presenter's practical approach.
I enjoyed lecture
FIRST TIME USER, I AM IMPRESSED!
Solid program. Very helpful.
Good presenting style- informative
I found the course very informative.
Helpful and practical
Very well done
I liked the powerpoint
This was very good and not boring!
Concise and practical tips.
Well done presentation.
Good program. Good examples.
knowledgeable and informative
Terrific course and presenter
Very well presented. Mr. Abrams is clearly knowledgeable in this area of the law.
This was a very good presentation. The materials were excellent.
Very clear and informative.
I thought that Dan had an outstanding practical understanding of both the law and the reality of large law practice. I found myself nodding knowingly as he discussed the problems of client intake and the most likely clients and situations for the practitioner. Very well done.
Presenter had a pleasant, even style.
Good speaker and comprehensive overview.
Excellent presenter. Thanks.
i would highly recommend this course. it was easy to follow and highly reommend it to all practiciting attorneys.
Very practical information;likely every practitioner would benefit from watching this one.
Very practical and useful information.
Well done course. Clear presentation, easy to understand.
Outstanding Thank You
Clear, simple and informative in a practical way.
Very informative and well presented.
Fantastic (and incredibly useful) breakdown!
very good presenter
Best ethics course yet! Very practical suggestions.
Again, an excellent concise summary of the issues. Thank you, Mr. Abrams.
Keeping this handout for future reference - good stuff!
Excellent speaker & practical information.
Good concise explanations of pitfalls of representing clients
Good refresher course on ethics
some good insights
very clear, well-organized, and very practical information
Very helpful, practical session.
I thought it was very good; practical and practice issues were appreciated, without over discussing the rules.
Very nicely done!!
I enjoyed the attorney's perspective since he represents malpractice plaintiff.s
Content and presentation was very good.
This was very helpful, and presented in a clear, concise way.
Really well done and informative. Thank you for a very strong program!
Nice informative presentation.
Very helpful presentation
Very well done
Sound practical information. Good lecturer.
Excellent presentation...clear and concise.
So important! More real-life examples always, please.
Well spoken and great topic..
Very informative presentation of important subject matter delivered in most respectful manner.
Interesting and excellent advice.
Nice practical tips
Dan does a good job on all of his presentations
Presented with great clarity
This was absolutely informative and will prove quite useful. Thank you!
Format was easy to use and presentation was concise.
Very valuable information for all attorneys, and very well presented!
One of the better Ethics courses; very straightforward, pragmatic. Well done.
Great program. He made things very clear.
Well done, practical and relevant
Important and informative. Good course.
Good tips for retainers and disengagement letters.
Very practical advice.
Great program Wonderful speaker Helpful and relevant information
The presentation was very well organized.
Very good lecture and helpful to everyday practice
GOOD, SHORT AND PRECISE PRESENTATION.
Very practical information!
good balanced presentation
This course was interesting to watch and I learned from it. Thank you.
One of the more interesting presentations that I have viewed thus far on Lawline.
best course of the bundle. Good for any and every attorney to learn.
Practical, useful advice.
Good primer course.
Very practical program with good information and reminders.
clear, simple, great for a new attorney
Very nice & knowledgeable presentation.
Great program on client relationships
The course was clear, concise and well-presented. I found it to be very helpful.
Particularly liked the written outline detail.
Very helpful pointers about the kinds of clients to avoid and the most common causes of actions.
Very clear and great advice.
good course on legal malpractice avoidance.
Excellent, once again!
excellent course, worth while attending.
Exactly what I wanted to learn more about.
This was a very informative course.
The reminder page on client selection was especially helpful.
Keep upi the good work!
knowledgeable and engaging speaker
Good course, very practical.
Great speaker. Engaging. Useful and practical information.
Excellent insight into "problem" clients.
This was very informative!
A very good job presenting ideas and thoughts on avoiding problems with clients (and ulcers!)
I thought this presentation was very good. It held my attention and was at just the right level of detail for my needs.
Very well done.
Good practical and common sense suggestions for client interaction.
I thought he was very informative. And cover many errors for an attorney to be aware of to prevent.
one of the very best lectures. Thank-you
Engaging speaker for this update on ethics
One of his examples fit a case I once had with result he described
I was surprised to have enjoyed this one! Also material timely was looking at a concurrent representation related issues. This one should have a star. I liked his listening to clients one too.
very good practical advice
This was a well formatted course with an experienced presenter. Mr. Abrams was Outstanding ! Russell Brahm, Norfolk, VA
Great presentation and guidance.
I couldn't agree more than with his list of clients NOT to take. Good insight. Wish I watched this 5 years ago.
good program with practical information
Excellent - well presented.
A good refresher, I enjoyed it.
Very clear and concise presentation.
very nice presentation
Good practical advice. Was easy to follow and interesting. Would recommend. Thanks.
A truly excellent presentation - one that I wish I had heard 35 years ago. Very practical advice as well as coverage of pertinent law.
best video of the 3 I have watched.....
Excellent course with relevant and helpful information.
Real life examples would drive home the general statements
Very well done
Well done. Very informative.
Very practical and helpful presentation. It was focused, organized and straightforward. Bravo!
this was terrific pesentation
Program useful for practical use in dealing with clients and minimizing potential risk of legal mal lawsuiits.
He is good, keep him around.
Good review of ethics.
Good, informative course.
very good information and presentation
Good information. Well-presented.
good point on selecting clients and avoiding those bargaining on fees at the onset
Should be viewed by lawyers to avoid malpractice claims and grievances.
Every attorney needs the information in this course
Excellent presentation in terms of new material and refresher items. Highly commendable and knowledgeable presenter.
Very well done.
Enjoyed the course, very useful info presented such as the type of clients to avoid among others. Thank you.
This was a great refresher and provided new insights.
very good seminar.
Excellent all around!
Enough good content to make this worthwhile, including a review of client relationships..
Best One Yet
Very good! Returns us to basics.
nuts and bults of legal practice
Excellent discussion of potential problems and precautions to be taken when representing clients!!
Pleasant manner. Experience-based advice.
this was a very thorough lecture thank you
Very practical and useful information
This speaker is very effective and engaging
Informative and well presented.
Everyone's least favorite topic but interesting nevertheless
Excellent presentation and many good tips.
Would have good to hear more from Mr. Abrams. He's conversational, gives good information...helpful, practical stuff we all must keep in mind. Very important content. Nice to have it so well codified.
very practical program
An outstanding presentation touching on the basic principles of how to avoid malpractice claims.
good presentation and tips/reminders
a god presentation by a good solid lawyer
In a nutshell, excellent. Knew the subject matter and gave good points on clients to avoid. Thoughtful.
Very informative course.
Very practical advice on ethical issue.
The best course that I have taken on Lawline.
Very good practical advice and appreciate the only one hour duration.
good course, very worthwhile
Very good speaker
Very well presented. Excellent and practical suggestions.
very clear presentation
Highly recommend this practical course
This 1 hour is really excellent.
This fellow knows his subject, and a vital subject it is. Take an hour and see this presentation and take careful notes.
Excellent blend of general and specific examples.
Very well presented at perfect pace. Speaker very knowledgeable. Interest maintained throughout presentation
Excellent review of complex and important area which should be of concern to all attorneys.
Excellent Course! Covers all the bases.
Its interesting to listen to Mr. Abrams speak.
Excellent presentation, would highly recommend this to others. I hope Daniel Abrams gives more ethics courses on Lawline.
The presentation by an attorney involved in legal malpractice adds practical advice that may not be obvious beyond the text of the rules.
Very informative, especially for a sole practitioner!
Numerous helpful and practical guidelines for avoiding malpractice pitfalls by careful client selection, constant communication, and not getting in over your head.
straightforward, useful, and entertaining manner of presentation.
very practical and therefore useful
Very well done
A BREATHE OF FRESH AIR. THANK YOU
As usual, another great speaker. Thank you lawline.
Great breakdown of some of the most salient issues in this field. I thought that the discussion of conflicts was particularly good.
One of your best presenter. His advice on client selection should be mandatory viewing for new lawyers
I thought that this had some really interesting discussion on this issue.
Excellent coverage of a very important topic, with great advice from a seasoned attorney.
Effective speaker. Good information presented!
a nice presentation!
Excellent - cogent, and well-presented.
Succinct and commons sense.
Down to earth advice based on experience and sound legal concepts
good material, well presented
Pretty basic information - good presentation.
Nice review of areas where attorneys can run into trouble by not staying focused on rules of ethics in all transactions.
Informative and interesting. Thank you Mr Abrams.
Focus on practical
I believe this course is great for newly admitted attorneys only
Especially enjoyed the portion on spotting clients who are troublesome
Highly recommended .. Solidly good advice for practicing lawyers.
Solid practical advice
very specific sdvice
Very fortifying. Renewed reminders for inclusions in retainer agreements & essential client communication - client inclusion in tactics, etc.
This was a good, concise "refresher" on basic, practical ethics.
Very Informative and thought provoking!
good course, very good information presented in an interesting way
great course with lot's of practical information.
Good program, both substantively and in presentation
Very good advice and information.
Good speaker. Obviously has a lot of substantive knowledge.
Nicely done, very informative.
This lawyer provided an excellent overview and refresher presentation in the area of the course.
practical advice well presented
Every lawyer should be required to take this course within 30 days of starting to practice!
Excellent presentation and advice!
VeryWell presented and informative as well as interesting
Very helpful, practical course.
Useful practical advice.
Excellent overview and some very good reminders and office practices.
very useful practical info!
Really interesting and practical explanation of the ethics rules!
Very helpful in connection with keeping a good relationship with clients.
nice presentation and demeanor on a touchy subject
Excellent presentation. Articulation was perfect. Touched on many topics in the right amounts of time.
Great seminar and covered great areas!
Good presentation, thank you.
speaker very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to
Quiet but thoughtful.
Well organized and well presented.
some technical difficulties, but great downloads really helped. Thanks.
no it was excellent
This was a good seminar - the length was good and the speaker was very good.
Nice overview of the topic
The technology and screen interface were excellent. I enjoyed the fact that the speaker had great slides, but spoke to them as appropriate. He didn't read them to us.
Lots of great information in time allotted! And no computer issues during this course!
Thought it was very good. Worked great too.
Very helpful and informative
Very good course. Thank you for offering it.
I was surprised. He did a great job. Entertaining and informative
This was one of the better Ethics presentations I have seen in 10 years.
Very effective speaker, great presentation, thanks!
A very nice basic overview. Interesting discussion of clients to avoid accepting.
Excellent practice pointers.