Lawyers Professional Liability
Unrivaled capacity, expert underwriting, and superior claims handling
Distinct advantages for your diverse clients
Our coverage includes up to $5m in limits and 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.
- Wholesale-only distribution model
- Underwriting company, Bridgeway Insurance Company is rated A+ by AM Best*
- Minimum 26 attorneys for Primary and Excess
- $5m limit capacity – can consider higher limits
- Non-admitted in all 50 states
- Admitted available in New York Free Trade Zone
- Will consider all practice areas except Cannabis and Cryptocurrency
- Can consider distressed risks
- 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
- Unlimited and non-practicing ERP options
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
- Risk management and loss prevention services including access to carefully compiled information and forms, continuing legal education, and real-time risk management advice from experienced legal malpractice defense and ethics counselors.
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.
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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About Munich Re Specialty Insurance
Munich 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.
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