CPBO works with in-house lawyers to address the challenges related to obtaining malpractice insurance coverage for the pro bono work they do. Although legal malpractice lawsuits resulting from pro bono services are extremely rare, it is important that in-house counsel and their corporations are protected from legal malpractice liability.
In-house attorneys have several options for coverage, including:
- working with a legal services organization that will provide coverage for volunteers;
- obtaining coverage directly with the help of a broker either:
- under existing insurance policies (e.g., adding an employed lawyers endorsement to a directors and officers liability policy);
- purchasing a stand-alone employed lawyers insurance policy; or
- joining an organization that provides liability insurance options to its members.
For more information about insurance for in-house pro bono refer to our paper, which summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of the various options available to in-house counsel: Professional Liability Insurance for In-House Pro Bono. To access CPBO’s previously recorded webinar, In-House Pro Bono: Professional Liability, contact CPBO.