Munich Re Specialty Insurance

Lawyers Professional Liability

Unrivaled capacity, expert underwriting, and superior claims handling

Law firms face increasing challenges in today’s marketplace, many of which stem from a more litigious environment and an increase in malpractice lawsuits. Munich Re Specialty Insurance1 offers Lawyers Professional Liability coverage that provides critical protection against the potential financial damage a lawsuit can inflict, allowing your clients to focus on success.   

Distinct advantages for your diverse clients

Our coverage includes up to $5,000,000 in limits and includes a wide range of exposures. Other benefits include:

  • Customized coverage – Tailored to a firm’s needs, our coverage includes malpractice claims including misrepresentation, violation of faith and fair dealing, inaccurate advice, and obligation to pay damages for covered claims (including the cost to defend against those claims).
  • Experienced underwriters – Knowledgeable of the local market and lawyer professional liability exposures.
  • Best-in-class claims teams – Dedicated to handling professional liability claims and committed to expert, speedy claims handling.
  • Strengths of an A+ carrier– Stability, capacity and the ability to grow with you.

Coverage details

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  • Duty to Defend
  • Supplementary Payments:        
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Subpoena & Deposition Assistance
    • Public Relations
    • Regulatory Inquiry
  • Broad Definition of insured to Include:
    • Independent Contractor
    • Predecessor Firm
  • Broad Definition of Professional Services
  • Innocent Insured Coverage for Intentional Acts
  • Personal Injury Coverage
  • Non-Practicing ERP 

Available Coverage Enhancements

  • Public Officials
  • Mutual Consent on Defense Counsel
  • Punitive Damages
  • Career Coverage
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – increase reporting window from 30 to 90 days
  • Primary and Excess Non-Profit D&O sub-limit
  • Claim Expenses Outside the Limit of Liability
  • Title Agency Coverage
  • Expert Witness and Teaching Services
  • Ability to soften Hammer Clause

Claims scenarios

Scenario 1:  Missed Statute of Limitations

An attorney represented a client who was injured during a routine surgical procedure. The attorney failed to properly calendar the expiration of the statute of limitations and the deadline was missed.  The client filed a suit against the attorney for failure to timely file the complaint and the suit settled for $150,000.  

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Scenario 2:  Conflict of Interest

An attorney represented a husband and wife in drafting a premarital agreement. A few years later, the attorney was hired to represent the husband in divorce proceedings. After the proceedings were finalized, the wife filed suit against the attorney for failing to obtain written conflict waivers and the suit settled for $250,000.

Scenario 3:  Negligence

A wealthy client hired an attorney for estate planning services. During the representation, the attorney made an error in calculating owed gift taxes. After the client's death, the beneficiaries were required to pay a penalty to the IRS related to the error. The clients filed suit against the attorney for negligence and the suit settled for $500,000.

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Contact our experts
Marcia Blanco
Head of Professional Liability
Nick Mycyk
Senior Vice President
Lawyers Professional Liability

1Munich Re Specialty Insurance (MRSI) is a description for the insurance business operations of affiliated companies in the Munich Re (Group) that share a common directive to offer and deliver specialty property and casualty insurance products and services in North America.  MRSI’s U.S. products and services are underwritten and provided by The Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company (PESLIC), affiliates of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., and its Canadian products and services are underwritten and provided by Temple Insurance Company. Surplus lines business can only be placed or accepted through a licensed surplus lines producer. Not all products are available in all U.S. states, and terms and conditions of coverage may vary by state.  The information contained herein is intended for surplus lines brokers and producers only.  It is also intended as general information only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of insurance.  Each company is financially responsible only for its own insurance products.  Please see the links above under “Affiliated Companies” for more information, including as required by insurance statutes, regarding PESLIC.

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