Lawyer Resources

Insurance & Risk Management

The Bar does not require lawyers to be covered by professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance), but it encourages them to purchase coverage, and active lawyers must report to the Bar on their yearly dues statement whether they have coverage. 

Whether an active attorney has malpractice insurance is available to the public via the attorney records search

The malpractice insurance market is complex and offers many different options for Virginia lawyers. Lawyers should exercise caution and good judgment when comparing options to ensure protection for themselves and their clients if, and when, a claim is presented.

A Guide To Purchasing Lawyer’s Professional Liability Insurance In Virginia (pdf) is presented by the bar's Special Committee on Lawyer Insurance to assist lawyers in purchasing professional liability insurance. 

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Practice Management & Claims Prevention Hotline

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For new and seasoned Virginia lawyers with concerns or questions about the day-to-day practice of law, ranging from office sharing to appellate issues and everything in between.

Call: John J. Brandt
(703) 659-6567 
Toll free: (800) 215-7854

The Virginia Claims Prevention Hotline is operated by John Brandt, a Virginia trial attorney with 50 years in the profession. This confidential consultation service is for all Virginia lawyers, free of charge. 

Brandt is with Nolan & Mroz, PLC in Fairfax County. He represents personal injury clients and mediates/arbitrates personal injury and professional liability disputes. He has been in law practice in Virginia since 1963 and holds both a JD (1961) and an LL.M. (1962) from the Georgetown University Law School.

Brandt will answer your questions which may minimize the risk of your being sued for malpractice or receiving a bar complaint. There are no limits to the topics you can discuss with him, including:

  • Starting a law practice
  • Obtaining legal malpractice insurance
  • Fee arrangements
  • Types of ownership entities, i.e., sole proprietorship and limited liability co.
  • Sharing office space
  • Leaving law practice (and either joining another firm or retiring)
  • Substantive/procedural legal questions dealing with transactional, trial and appellate issues.
  • Dealing with a difficult client
  • Withdrawing from representation
  • Fee dispute

For more information, visit Brandt's law practice management basics.

Updated: Aug 30, 2022