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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.

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

Want to dive deeper into implementing wellness into your daily worklife balance? Lauren Baptiste is partnering with ALPS for a 1-hour wellness webinar on May 15! Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll send you information about the upcoming webinar in a few weeks.  We see malpractice claims result from failure to file a document or [...]

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 [...]

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ALPS In Brief Podcast — Episode 29: Falling in Love with the Cloud

On this special Valentine’s Day episode of ALPS In Brief, Mark sits down with Joshua Lenon, lawyer in residence and data protection officer for Clio, to hear firsthand how cloud products can make your law practice more secure and efficient. Fall in love with new features of law practice management and growth software that will [...]

Since the Aging Process Never Stops, the Day Will Come When…

In the middle of a conversation with one of our insureds on the topic of the difficulty of learning to say no, the fine gentleman I was conversing with did a jump shift on me. For whatever reason, he felt it was important to acknowledge that he was cognizant of his age and he wanted [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 28: Making Healthy Goals into Realities

When our behaviors become destructive and start to negatively impact our health or relationships, we’re motivated to make a change, but change is hard! ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte and Dr. Kathleen Baskett weigh the strategies and skills needed to make healthy changes against the risk factors that may sabotage your success. Transcript MARK: Hello, [...]

Lawyer Advertising, Ethics, and Geo-fencing

In the good old days, plaintiff lawyers hoping to find a few new clients would place ads on billboards located near hospitals. From an ethical perspective, as long as these lawyers followed through with their obligations set forth in the advertising rules of their respective jurisdiction’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), it was all good. [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 27: Adding Wellness to Your Workplace Every Day

Start the new year off on the right foot, or the left foot. Incorporating wellness into your everyday workplace routine can be as easy as putting on your socks! ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte chats with VIM & VIGR founder Michelle Huie who creates stylish compression socks by pairing personal expression with wellness — a [...]