Detroit Shareholders Present on Michigan Lawyers’ Professional Liability


June 24, 2013

Chicago - On June 24, 2013, attorneys Alan Taylor and David Yates presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar to CNA LPL/APL in Chicago that was video cast to all CNA LPL/APL claims representatives across the United States.  Mr. Taylor’s portion of the CLE focused on defending legal malpractice claims in Michigan and included discussions on:

  • Attorney-client relationship
  • State of Limitations/Statute of Repose
  • Attorney Judgment Rule
  • Causation
  • In Pari Delicto
  • Expert testimony in a legal malpractice case
  • Collectibility as a defense in Michigan 
  • Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and Damages

Mr. Yates’ portion of the CLE focused on the Michigan Supreme Court’s June 29, 2011, Supreme Court Order that modified trial practice in Michigan.  This Order allows jurors to get more involved in the trial process by taking notes, conducting interim deliberations and even submitting questions to the Court (at the Court’s discretion).  It also allows counsel the opportunity to provide interim arguments and summarize deposition testimony to the jury (at the Court’s discretion).  Mr. Yates’ presentation centered on how these rule changes will affect trials involving legal malpractice claims.  

Mr. Taylor and Mr. Yates are shareholders in Segal McCambridge’s Detroit office.