Lawyers Professional Liability Committee

Purpose of the Committee
The Colorado Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability committee is a standing committee of the Colorado Bar Association for the purpose of conducting educational programs and providing educational resources for improving the quality of legal practice and avoiding legal malpractice claims. The Committee publishes materials pertaining to risk management and legal malpractice prevention; examines the market for lawyer's professional liability insurance, and recommends to the Colorado Bar Association's members an insurance program to cover professional malpractice claims or suits.

Colorado Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance
The Colorado Supreme Court, pursuant to C.R.C.P. 227(c), requires all private practice attorneys to disclose whether they carry lawyers professional liability insurance.

The CBA's endorsed lawyers professional liability insurance broker is HUB International. The CBA's endorsed direct carrier is ALPS. The CBA recommends to its members that they contact one of these endorsed providers to obtain professional liability insurance. 

                                         

American Bar Association
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability has a website with a wealth of  information on and resources for professional liability insurance and risk management. The website address  is americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability.html.

This website includes links to resources, tips on how to find and buy coverage, a legal malpractice insurance hotline, publications, and more. 

The website also has a directory of insurance carriers (a state-by-state list of insurance companies) found at americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/resources/lpl-insurance-directory.html.

Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars

CBA-CLE provides yearly seminars on best practices and ethics in the profession. At these seminars you can learn how to better your client relations and office management, schedule and manage cases appropriately, avoid conflicts and third-party claims, and ensure ethical compliance. For more information please call CLE at 303-860-0608. 

Speakers Bureau

The Committee offers small group legal malpractice prevention seminars for local bar associations. Speakers are highly qualified and will speak upon your choice of topic. CLE credits are available for these presentations. If your local bar is interested, please email Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org

Additional Information

Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in June and July) at 7:30 a.m. at the Colorado Bar Association Offices, 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. For more information about the committee, please contact Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org.

Articles on the topic of malpractice prevention and lawyer's professional liability insurance:

Whoops: Legal Malpractice PreventionThe Colorado Lawyer, July 2012

Potential Perils of the Professional Liability Insurance Policy, The Colorado Lawyer, Feb 1995
   (available on Casemaker)

What to Look for When Purchasing Professional Liability Insurance, The Colorado Lawyer, Aug 1996
       (available on Casemaker)

2009 Changes to Rule 265 And C.R.C.P. 5.4, by David C. Little, Esq.