COVID-19: Emerging Lawyer Risk Management and Professional Liability Coverage Issues

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: April 20, 2020
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  • Emerging Liabilities
  • LPL Insurance Coverage
  • Risk Management
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: April 20, 2020


Join Kimberly A. Ashmore of Wiley in Washington, DC, and Randall A. Miller of Miller Law Associates in Los Angeles as they discuss ways to protect you and your firm in these unprecedented times. Hear all about risk management and professional liability issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential impact of these risks on legal malpractice insurance coverage.

This program was recorded on April 20th, 2020.

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Randall A. Miller

Founding Partner
Miller Law Associates

Founding Partner Randall A. Miller has 33 years’ experience as a litigator focusing on defending and counseling professionals, corporations, directors and officers and insurers. He has extensive litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts in a broad variety of matters. His legal malpractice cases have included matters arising out of intellectual property, patent, bankruptcy, class action, family law, personal injury, products liability, and trusts and estates, and virtually every form of commercial transaction. He has been retained by law firms ranging from sole practitioners to multi-national firms. Mr. Miller represents financial professionals and businesses in matters ranging from suitability and selling away, to churning, breach of fiduciary duty, and conflicts. He has broad appellate experience, with 10 published State and Federal decisions and numerous non-published opinions. He regularly handles private and industry arbitrations, as well as attorney ethics counseling, fee disputes and arbitrations, risk management/loss prevention, insurance coverage and underwriting, and claim monitoring.

Additionally, Mr. Miller has significant experience representing financial and insurance agents and brokers in claims ranging from failure to procure insurance to IRC 412i, 419, defined benefit plans, deferred compensation claims, to suitability, selling away, churning, trade secret and employment claims. Much of that practice involves claims administered by FINRA. He has also handled MPL matters involving architects, engineers, design professionals, actuaries, appraisers, and landscape engineers, among other professionals, as well as public/private D/O claims and not-for-profits.

Mr. Miller has an exceptional perspective on the business needs and goals for insurer clientele, and is keenly aware of insurer operations, organization, and practice, including underwriting, claims adjustment and reporting, policy terms and coverage, bad faith exposure, insurer v. insurer disputes, insurance finances and reserving, and actuarial operations.

Since 2010, Mr. Miller has served as the Chair of the California State Bar Committee on Professional Liability Insurance, which oversees the State Bar-sponsored lawyers E&O insurance program, administered by Marsh and underwritten through Arch; he has been a member since 2005. He is one of a handful of lawyers chosen to represent California superior and appellate court Judges and Justices before the Commission of Judicial Performance, the entity charged with enforcing California’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

Mr. Miller regularly authors articles on professional malpractice, risk management and loss prevention, malicious prosecution, and ethics, and is a frequent speaker at bar associations, practice related groups, and client-sponsored events focusing on professional liability.

Mr. Miller earned his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1984, and his Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York and University of California, Davis in 1980. In 2011, he was certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law.

Kimberly A. Ashmore

Wiley Rein LLP

Kim represents insurers in complex professional liability matters in myriad industries. She offers a breadth of experience, routinely advising insurers on issues of insurance coverage and underlying liability exposure in connection with claims against lawyers, health care institutions and providers, architects, engineers, insurance agents, and real estate agents and brokers. Kim serves as coverage and monitoring counsel, and litigates coverage issues nationwide. Kim also serves as defense counsel for professionals in high-exposure professional liability claims.

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