Malpractice charges against in-house lawyers

An article in 2001 by Lisa Dolak, then an Associate Professor, Syracuse Univ. College of Law, discussed professionalism and in-house counsel.

She states that malpractice claims against in-house counsel “may be relatively rare, but they are on the rise.” Examples at the time she wrote the article included a counterclaim against a general counsel who had sued to collect severance, “based on the counsel’s alleged negligent supervision of outside counsel,” and a claim against a city attorney allegedly responsible for a default judgment entered against the city.

If malpractice claims arise, where do indemnification protections pick up for in-house counsel?

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