Professional Guidelines

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Professional Guidelines

13.4 Insurance coverage requirement for respondents under Va. Code § 54.1-3935(C)

Pursuant to Va. Code § 54.1-3935(C), when an attorney who has been found guilty of engaging in criminal activity that violates the Rules of Professional Conduct and results in the loss of property of one or more of the attorney's clients and has been required by a three-judge court to maintain professional malpractice insurance during the time he or she is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, that attorney shall carry such coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 per claim and $1 million in the aggregate with a maximum $10,000 deductible, with a Virginia licensed insurer, eligible surplus line insurer or registered risk retention group.  The coverage provider must have an A.M. Best minimum rating of A-.

The attorney shall require the insurer to include language in the policy specifying that the VSB be given notice of cancellation or nonrenewal. The attorney shall certify such coverage and the notice requirement to the VSB on a yearly basis with a certificate of insurance provided to the VSB by an agent or broker licensed in Virginia. This certificate must be received initially within 10 days after inception or reinstatement of the policy.


The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted Paragraph 13.4 to change Va. Code § 54.1-3935(D) to Va. Code § 54.1-3935(C) as of April 25, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted Paragraph 13.4 as of August 21, 2015. Effective immediately.

Updated: June 29, 2017