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The presenter panel will discuss what’s currently hot in the world of legal malpractice in GA. They will identify the hot practice areas of concern and center their discussion around the common administrative, substantive, and client relations errors lawyers have been making in recent years. This program will include the telling of a few generalized cautionary tales based upon actual claims in hot practice areas as a way to identify and underscore the importance of relevant risk management best practices.
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Since 1998, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, an attorney’s professional liability insurance carrier. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented over 400 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.
Douglas Chandler of Chandler Law, LLC, is one of only four Board Certified legal malpractice specialists in Georgia certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Douglas has been practicing law for 20 years. To his credit, Douglas has over 30 Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals reported opinions. He has been named as one of Georgia’s Top 100 lawyers by Super Lawyers for the past several years. Douglas regularly writes and speaks to attorneys and law firms throughout the state about legal ethics, professional liability avoidance, and risk management. When not practicing law, Douglas enjoys hunting, fishing, tennis, and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of with his wife and their three children. Learn more at www.chandler-law.net
Kim Jackson is a partner with Bovis, Kyle, Burch, & Medlin, LLC. His practice primarily focuses on handling all forms of insurance coverage and bad faith disputes and defending attorneys and other professionals in malpractice claims, though he has experience in many types of civil litigation. As part of his professional liability practice, Kim advises other attorneys and clients on the prosecution and defense of attorney fee claims involving allegations of abusive litigation, defends bar grievances,
and testifies as an expert witness in matters involving insurance coverage, legal malpractice, and attorney ethics questions.
Kim is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, where is serves as the Chair of the Insurance Coverage Section and Vice-Chair of the Extra-Contractual Section. Kim is admitted to practice law in three states: Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas. Kim earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 1994, Order of Coif, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College, in economics & mathematics, magna cum laude, in 1991.
Ben Parks is a graduate of Mercer University and Mercer University School of Law. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2003. After a stint in private practice, he began his career helping lawyers protect their practices against allegations of malpractice and bar complaints. He started at the former Georgia bar related insurance company (Georgia Lawyers Insurance Company) and throughout his career, he has served in various underwriting, claims and business development roles. He is currently the Lead Georgia Representative at ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyer’ malpractice insurance.
Kate Whitlock, partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, has spent her entire career defending people accused of not doing their jobs right. Kate works tirelessly to untangle complicated issues to protect her clients' reputations and livelihood. Her goal is to resolve disputes as promptly as possible so that her clients can get back to doing what they best – their work. A persuasive communicator, Kate is a force to be reckoned with. She has tried more than 60 cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts and many other cases to bench decision or final award in arbitration. Her advocacy in the appellate courts is equally notable, often being hired by other lawyers after an unfavorable trial outcome. Kate is passionate about actively advancing the legal field and tackling emerging issues. She lectures and publishes articles regularly, serves in leadership roles with several national and international organizations, and mentors students to groom the next generation of trial lawyers. Outside of her job, Kate enjoys working with senior citizens and spending time with her lawyer-husband of over 35 years, three grown non-lawyer children, and two dogs.
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