Top 10 Practice Areas for Attorney Malpractice

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According to insurance industry research, the Top Ten areas of law with the highest risk of malpractice claims are:

  • Real Estate 20.33%
  • Plaintiff Personal Injury 15.59%
  • Family Law 12.14%
  • Estate/Trust/Probate 10.67%
  • Collection and Bankruptcy 9.2%
  • Corporate/Business Organization 6.79%
  • Criminal 5.65%
  • Business Transaction commercial Law 4.11%
  • Personal Injury – Defense 3.26%
  • Labor Law 2.19%

The American Bar Association reports that private practice attorneys have between a 4% and 17% chance of being sued for malpractice each year, and over the course of a career, that risk mounts.  (ABA Lawyer’s Desk Guide to Preventing Legal Malpractice 62 (2d ed. 1999)).

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