Recent Developments in Legal Malpractice & Practice Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims

(264 Ratings)

Produced on: March 16, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

As the field of legal malpractice continues to evolve and plaintiffs' lawyers, with the benefit of hindsight, scrutinize the professional decisions of attorneys following an engagement, it is critical to keep abreast of developments and trends in malpractice law so that practitioners can minimize their exposure and better counsel clients.

This program, presented by Gordon & Rees attorneys Brian Middlebrook and Joseph Salvo, will address recent developments and trends in legal malpractice law, as well as practice tips for avoiding common claims.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify current trends and increasing types of legal malpractice claims

  2. Discuss the potential reasons for these increases and shifts in the strategies for asserting such claims
  3. Provide practice tips for both avoiding and, where necessary, defending a legal malpractice claim


Brian Middlebrook

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

Brian Middlebrook is a partner in the New York office of Gordon & Rees. His practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, product liability, professional liability defense, privacy/data security, white collar criminal defense and municipal liability. He represents a broad range of clients, including individuals, corporations, professional sports organizations, directors and officers, attorneys, accountants, brokers, manufacturers, retailers, insurance carriers, and municipalities against claims of civil liability in state and federal courts in New York and throughout the United States. 

Mr. Middlebrook also regularly counsels clients on a broad range of cyber liability and risk avoidance issues, seeking to minimize exposure to regulatory action and litigation by assisting in the preparation of privacy policies, programs, and procedures, as well as a broad range of commercial agreements and product manuals/warnings.

Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Middlebrook was lead associate to U.S. counsel for several multinational corporations, managing all aspects of complex product liability, commercial, and general defense litigation throughout the United States. Mr. Middlebrook also previously served as Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, where he successfully defended the City as a trial attorney.


New York

Joseph Salvo

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

Joseph Salvo is a partner in the Gordon & Rees New York office. His practice primarily focuses on professional liability, tort & product liability, environmental/toxic tort, commercial litigation, and employment law. Mr. Salvo’s practice involves defending a broad range of clients including directors and officers of both large and small businesses, attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, brokers, manufacturers, distributers and employers against claims of civil liability in New York’s state and federal courts. Mr. Salvo also has significant experience arguing appeals on behalf of clients in New York’s Appellate Divisions and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, Mr. Salvo has had success in resolving cases and negotiating settlements on behalf of clients.

Before joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Salvo was a pre-trial and trial attorney with the Office of the Corporation Counsel, defending the City of New York in civil law suits. In connection with his representation of the City of New York, Mr. Salvo litigated extensively and successfully by achieving multiple defense verdicts and favorable resolutions of claims prior to reaching a verdict. Mr. Salvo’s past trial experience with the Office of the Corporation Counsel makes him a unique addition to the Gordon & Rees team.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Salvo served as an aide and speechwriter to New York State Senator, Thomas P. Morahan. 


New York

United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


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Harvey K.

Good overview

jesse s.

First rate!

Barbara B.

very good.

Zhiping L.

I hope lawline has more practical content like this, and less obscure topics

Deborah Y.


Harold L.

Good Presentation.

William E.


Karla G.

Well presented and highly knowledgeable presenters. Great overview and reminder of ethical practice of law.

Edward P.

This was a very informative and well presented course.

Rita O.

I like the two person format

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