Mark Bassingthwaighte

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About Mark Bassingthwaighte

Since 1998, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, an attorney’s professional liability insurance carrier. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented numerous continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the ABA and the Montana State Bar Association. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.

Considering Limited Scope Representation? Don’t Play Fast and Loose with the RPCs.

Let’s review the basics. ABA Model Rule 1.2 (c) allows a lawyer to limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent. In those jurisdictions that have adopted similar language, many have added a requirement that informed consent be confirmed in writing. As an [...]

By | 2017-11-07T16:22:22+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief Podcast-Episode 2: Insurance as an Investment, Not Just a Line Item

Mark sits down with Julie Patterson, a longtime ALPS Business Development Representative, bringing with her two decades of experience helping law firms across the country understand the importance of selecting the right coverage to protect their law firms. In this episode Mark and Julie discuss legal malpractice insurance costs in terms of what a firm [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast-Episode 1: A Cyber Breach – It’s Not If, It’s When.

ALPS In Brief, The ALPS Risk Management Podcast, is hosted by ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte. While in Missoula, Libby Benet, U.S. Lead for Beazley Product Solutions took the time to sit down with Mark to talk about the latest trends in cybercrime, including the rise of industrialized ransomware, and how prevention paired with protection [...]

When Purchasing a Law Practice, Never Run with Assumptions

Assumptions. We all make them day after day. In fact, as I see it, doing so allows most days to progress with some level of predictability. For example, I often assume all my tech will function problem free, the power will stay on, and that if I need anything from anyone at the office, they’ll [...]

By | 2017-10-10T09:03:41+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Why Declinations Really Do Need to Be Tracked

I’ve always been curious about why some attorneys never take the time to make sure that at least the name of every declined prospective client makes it into the firm’s conflict database. Perhaps there is a belief that since no attorney-client relationship was formed, no subsequent conflict could arise. Perhaps others believe that the risk [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:27:10+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Yes, I Know It’s a Pain. Do It Anyway

Last fall, I had one of those days. You know, a day where things just don’t go as planned. The day started out with a training session on ransomware. Unfortunately, as such programs are apt to do, it made me start to think that selling everything I have, disconnecting from the wired world, and moving [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:47:36+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments

Data Security – It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses

The days when a lawyer could send an unencrypted email without worry, remain blissfully ignorant about encrypting a laptop, or use the same easily remembered password for all accounts and devices are over. I believe most lawyers know this, at least at a gut level; but far too many still seem to be confused about [...]

By | 2017-08-18T13:58:49+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments

When Passwords Fail – A Personal Story

Sometimes married couples see things differently and the only way to resolve the tension is by finally deciding to agree to disagree. That’s how things played out in our home for a number of years on the issue of passwords. My wife seemed to view my focus on computer security and passwords as something approaching [...]

By | 2017-07-24T15:21:40+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments

Try Not To Be A Patsy, Seriously.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always had a fondness for the word patsy. While the word doesn’t seem to be in wide use anymore, I personally believe the time for its resurgence has arrived given its meaning. Think about it. A patsy is a person who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:47:36+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

How To Identify The Potential Clients You Really Should Say No To

Everyone makes a bad decision now and again. Unfortunately, if the bad decision was agreeing to take on a client that you really should have said no to, life just got a little more complicated. In short, you have likely signed up “a problem client.” When this happens, some will recognize the bad call and [...]