Looking Backward to Predict the Future: COVID’s Anticipated Impact on Legal Malpractice Claims

Begins at Thu, Jun 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Ends at Thu, Jun 11, 2020 01:00 PM

About the Speakers

Melissa Lessell is an AV-rated equity partner at Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability Department, where her practice focuses on the defense of professionals and directors and officers in litigation and disciplinary proceedings. She regularly writes and presents on the subjects of ethics, legal malpractice, and professional responsibility.  She is a Committee Member of the ABA National Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, serves on a number of committees for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and as Vice Chair for the ABA Tips Professional Liability Insurance Committee, and has served in a variety of roles for the ABA Young Leaders Division. Locally, Ms. Lessell is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and Professional Liability Insurance Committee and was a member of the 2018-2019 Louisiana State Bar Leadership Class. She was recognized in the field of professional liability and legal malpractice defense by The Best Lawyers in America, New Orleans Magazine and is routinely recognized as a rising star in the field of professional liability. Melissa graduated with honors from Tulane University Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Eileen Garczynski is a senior vice president and equity partner of Ames & Gough. With over 30 years of insurance and legal experience, she leads the law firm initiative, focusing on the risk management and insurance needs of law firms. She is also a liaison to and former appointed member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the former vice chair of the Insurance & Risk Management Committee for the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the ABA. Eileen is a regular speaker at industry and bar related events and a frequent writer of industry related publications.

Eileen joined Ames & Gough in 2007 and is located in the firm’s McLean, Virginia office.   She previously served as a claims manager and inside counsel for both Travelers Insurance Company and Wausau Insurance Company.  She also was a litigation and risk manager for the American Red Cross and spent seven years with LexisNexis as a strategic market planning manager, developing key insurance and legal products for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and insurers.

Eileen received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a market strategy certificate from Georgetown University, and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the College of Wooster.

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