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About Mark Bassingthwaighte, Risk Manager

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 over 400 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.

Beware of Personalized Email and Phone Scams

As the general population becomes ever more skilled at spotting and avoiding the various email and phone scams cybercriminals perpetrate, scammers can only respond by upping their game. Whenever they do, the rest of us need to come up to speed on how scams are changing so we all can continue to successfully spot and [...]

Juice Jacking, What in the World???

As with any cyber threat, prevention starts with awareness of the risk. As a road warrior, I see people taking a particular and absolutely unnecessary risk far too often. This risk has to do with the one item so many apparently can’t function without — the venerable smartphone. Here’s the problem. The cable we all [...]

By |2019-05-01T09:16:40-06:00April 30th, 2019|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief – Episode 32: Making Your Mark

Trying to establish an advocate or mentor relationship as a woman in law? Andrea Canfield, president of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and fifth-year Corporate Associate at Stoel Rives, offers advice and insights on how to successfully navigate a male-dominated practice group. Transcript: MARK B: Hello. I'm Mark Bassingthwaighte, the Risk Manager with ALPS. [...]

When It’s Time to Withdraw

Sometimes things change as matters progress, like the legal needs of the client, your ability to continue to provide competent representation, the effectiveness of the attorney-client relationship, or even the ability of your client to pay your fees. And such changes, for some, lead to a recognition that the time to withdraw has arrived. This [...]

The Importance of Recognizing Personal Boundaries in the Practice of Law

Boundaries are important. In sports, they define the area of play. In real estate, they designate what one owns. And in personal relationships, they mark the emotional and physical limits everyone establishes in order to protect themselves from being manipulated, used, or violated by someone else. In short, personal boundaries mark the place where one [...]

Selecting Your Backup Attorney

A solo attorney recently reached out wanting to know how to select a backup attorney. Having now addressed his concerns, I thought it would be worthwhile to share my answer for the benefit of others who may have similar questions. Here’s what I had to say. I see the process of selecting a backup attorney [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 31: We Have a Problem to Solve – Why Wellness at Work is a Win Win

Ready to make your health a priority in your law practice and daily worklife balance? Lauren Baptiste is partnering with ALPS for a 1-hour wellness webinar on May 15! Sign up now: "Why Making a Personal Wellness Pledge is Good for You and for Business"  We see malpractice claims result from failure to file a [...]

Trusting Your Co-Counsel is a Good Thing, Until It Isn’t

As I’m often apt to do, I have a story to share. A solo employment law attorney, let’s call her Betty, has substantial trial experience. In light of this, she is sometimes asked to serve as co-counsel with a personal injury attorney who she views as both a good friend and a competent attorney. This [...]

ALPS In Brief — Episode 30: Solo and Small Firms Should Make the Leap to Cybersecurity. It Matters.

Do you assume you don’t need to worry about being the target of a cyber attack because your business is too small? Often times, solo and small firms are seen as low-hanging fruit and are specifically targeted by hackers looking to gain valuable information. Solo attorney Suzan Herskowitz offers advice and insight into how she [...]

A Warning About Padlocks and “https:” in a Website Address

I’ve never come across a survey that confirms what I’m about to say; but I suspect the vast majority of people who see a padlock and “https:” in a website address believe the website they are currently visiting is trustworthy and safe. Afterall, it seems to reason that the “s” stands for “secure,” particularly given [...]

By |2019-02-19T18:03:15-06:00February 20th, 2019|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments