Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats – D04

   Ethics Track
   Committee on Insurance Programs for the Bar

   Session D: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  



About the Program

Presented by lawyers for lawyers, this program will focus on providing valuable instruction, practical guides, checklists, risk control, and recommendations to help lawyers safely navigate today’s complex legal environment and assist them in minimizing professional liability risk. Topics include identifying risk in business transactions, civil litigations, emerging technology, practice errors, and complying with ethical and professional obligations.  

Attend this program and earn up to 7.5 percent premium credit off two years on professional liability insurance offered through this CBA exclusively endorsed program, underwritten by CNA. 

You Will Learn

    • About data security and privacy risks for law firms  
    • About client files and document retention 
    • Managing legal outsourcing risks 


David P. Atkins, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport 

David P. Atkins is a partner in the Bridgeport office of the Connecticut law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, where he leads the Professional Liability Section of the firm’s Litigation Department. He regularly represents professionals, including attorneys and law firms, in malpractice actions, practice dissolution and fee disputes, licensing, court sanctions proceedings, and disciplinary (grievance) matters. He also is frequently engaged by law firms and corporate legal departments for risk management advice and as an expert opinion witness on lawyer ethics and professional liability disputes.  He also acts as a mediator in disputes between co-owners of professional service practices. Mr. Atkins has written and spoken widely on attorney regulation and discipline, professional ethics, law firm loss prevention, legal malpractice, and the “law of lawyering.”  Recent articles include “Law Firm Breakups And Lawyer Departures: The Ethical Dos And Don’ts,” Connecticut Lawyer, July-August 2015 and “Apportioning Fault In Business Tort Actions,” Connecticut Law Tribune, August 24, 2015.  And as co-author of “Litigation Funding:  Ethical Considerations For The Plaintiff’s Lawyer, Connecticut Lawyer February 2017.  He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1978 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981.  He served as a law clerk to Hon. Almeric L. Christian, U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands (1981 to 1983).

James L. Brawley, Morrison Mahoney LLP, Hartford

Jim is the Liaison Partner for the Hartford office of Morrison Mahoney. He has been with the firm for 27 years and has tried many cases to verdict in both state and federal court.  Jim’s practice concentrates in the defense of non-medical professionals including attorneys, design professionals, real estate brokers, insurance agents, and accountants. He represents his professional clients in the trial and appellate courts as well before administrative agencies.   Jim also has extensive experience in construction litigation representing construction manager, general contractors, and subcontractors in both court proceedings and arbitration.

Jim also defends clients in employment claims involving allegations of: discrimination; retaliation; misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims. Additionally, he is frequently retained by clients to handle high exposure and complex matters in the areas of products liability, trucking and premises liability.

Along with his litigation work, Jim provides counseling and risk management services to professional clients on ethical issues and risk avoidance. He is a frequent presenter of seminars on issues related to legal ethics and risk management for attorneys.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 Ethics; NY: 2.0 Ethics)