Miami Law’s Center for Ethics & Public Service (CEPS) and a consortium of Florida’s leading professional liability law firms led by Miami-based Klein Glasser Park & Lowe (KGPL) recently collaborated to present the first annual Florida Lawyer’s Professional Liability Seminar.
Joshua Webb, Patricia Redmond, Jan L. Jacobowitz, Robert Klein, Pam Perry, Mark Sullivan, Anthony V. Alfieri
The seminar, which brought together lawyers from throughout South Florida, is the realization of years of discussion between Professor Anthony Alfieri, founder and director of CEPS, and Rob Klein, managing partner of KGPL. Robert Klein invited lawyers from the firms Keller Landsberg, Hill, Ward and Henderson, and Diamond, Kaplan, and Rothstein to join the planning committee for the seminar, which envisions organically growing the seminar into one of the major legal malpractice and professional liability conferences in the nation.
This year’s conference brought together approximately 35 lawyers for a half day seminar that included panels on Recent Trends in Lawsuits Against Lawyers (and How to Avoid Them), Best Practices for Avoiding Ethical Landmines in the Practice of Law, and A Strategic Approach to Insurance and Risk Management for Lawyers and Law Firms. The panelists engaged the attendees in thought provoking and animated discussions about issues that impact not only malpractice attorneys but also the entire legal profession. The speakers addressed common areas of exposure for both transactional and litigation attorneys, and for any number of different specialties.
“The summer launch of the Florida Lawyers’ Professional Liability Seminar gathered the best and brightest from the Florida professional liability community – law firms, regulatory agencies, and insurance companies – to address cutting edge issues in the fields of ethics, law, and public policy,” said Professor Alfieri.
The speakers and attendees enthusiastically agreed that the seminar should be just the beginning of an annual gathering to discuss significant issues in the profession in an environment that will ensure both educational and networking opportunities for the Florida bar and insurance industry. At the same time, the seminar promoted a wide-ranging discussion on a number of important issues by lawyers who are regularly engaged to defend other attorneys in this state.
“The seminar was the fulfillment of a long-standing dream to present Florida attorneys with valuable insight into the daily risks faced by practitioners, along with the tools necessary to dramatically limit that exposure,” said Klein. He expressed the hope that the seminar will ultimately develop into a full day annual conference.