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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.

Data Security and All the Other Lawyers

During a presentation at the ABA’s 44th National Conference of Professional Responsibility last year, a CLE panelist threw out the following. Given that a lawyer has an ethical duty to verify that any vendor a firm works with has in place appropriate safeguards to keep the lawyer’s data secure, why wouldn’t the same duty arise [...]

When It Comes to Civility, JFK Got It Right!

An invitation to speak on the topic of lawyer civility came my way recently and two things about the request caught me a bit off guard. One was that the initial time slot was three hours and the other was a desire for the focus to be on sharing practical tips on how lawyers could [...]

The False Sense of Security that Comes with Redundant Calendaring Systems

In my experience, almost all lawyers have redundant calendars in place. Often there’s a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, which could be anything from a digital backup to a secretary’s paper calendar. Some attorneys go even further. For example, in addition to a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, there [...]

Vishing – An Old Scam with a New Twist

Criminals have been using phones to try to scam people out of money or into disclosing personal information for years and they have tended to find success with victims who were not very tech-savvy. Unfortunately, change is afoot. Today, the practice of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from a legitimate [...]

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ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 25: Avoiding Claims – 6 Practices Every Lawyer Should Implement

In this episode of the ALPS in Brief podcast, ALPS claims attorney Kobi Gibbs sits down with ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte to offer examples and advise on best practices to implement to avoid finding yourself dealing with claims. ALPS In Brief, The ALPS Risk Management Podcast, is hosted by ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte. [...]

When The Client Wants Your File Too

You’ve given it your all and your client has been pleased with how the matter progressed. However, now that things are wrapping up, this client thought the time was right to let you know that once everything is finalized you are to turn over the original file. In short, you’ve just been informed you are [...]

Disengagement Letters Verses Letters of Closure – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Some may view this as me being nitpicky, but there is a difference between disengagement letters and letters of closure. Yes, while both serve to document the conclusion of representation, it’s the underlying reason for their use that differentiates the two. As I’ve written in the past, closure letters are to be used at the [...]

Why Would A Small Law Firm Be An Attractive Target For A Cyber Criminal?

Regardless of size, any and every law firm is an attractive target for a cyber criminal.  Think about it.  Law firms serve clients of all shapes and sizes in every sector of our economy and thus a significant amount of the data residing on law firm networks, backup drives, laptops, PCs, and mobile devices is [...]

Cyber Security Month Round Up

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  To get you on the right track, we've pulled together our favorite cyber-related podcasts from the past year. First, a conversation with Libby Benet, U.S. Lead for Beazley Product Solutions (this was also our very first podcast episode, btw). Libby talks with Mark about the latest trends in cybercrime, [...]

So What is Prior Acts Coverage?

Under a claims made and reported policy, an insured would have coverage for any covered malpractice misstep that occurs and is reported during a policy period. The problem, however, is malpractice claims often don’t arise in the same year the actual misstep occurred. Prior acts coverage is what solves the problem.. In order to help [...]