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10 Rules of the Road for Trial Lawyers - Protecting Clients and Preventing Legal Malpractice (Rule 2)

Rule of the Road No. 2: A trial lawyer must be diligent.

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10 Rules of the Road for Trial Lawyers - Protecting Clients and Preventing Legal Malpractice (Rule 1)

Many of us have adopted and adapted Rick Friedman and Patrick Malone’s seminal Rules of the Road™ concepts for preparing and trying our tort cases1. In this article, I borrow the “Rules of the Road” metaphor to examine how we may better protect our clients and ourselves by both managing our practices and preventing legal malpractice claims. You have heard or read much of what follows before; none of it is new. However, from time to time it is helpful to remind ourselves of the basics of malpractice prevention and its corollary, client protection. Just as airline pilots review pre-flight checklists before every flight even though they have gone through the routine hundreds of times, it is helpful for experienced trial lawyers to review risk management checklists to remind us to do those things that we need to do to protect our firms and our reputations and, most importantly, to protect our clients.

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