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Your law firm and law practice are your most valuable professional assets.  You’ll spend the vast majority of your career building them through attention to legal nuances, practice skills, and great client service. You’ll spend countless hours researching, preparing documents and arguments, and developing client contacts and relationships.  But without the same sort of attention to the business of practicing law, you risk losing everything – your clients, your income, your retirement, and your good name in the community.

Join Susan Taylor Wall and Hal Frampton of Gordon and Reese and Ellen McCarthy of Swiss Re Insurance for what may be the most important three-hour CLE you will attend in 2019.  They will provide you with unerring guidance on how you can protect what you are working so hard to build.  They will show you that the old maxim “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as important for protecting your legal career as it is in any other venture.  They’ll cover the key aspects of malpractice insurance, employment relationships and ethics that you need to master in order to build, maintain and protect a vibrant and successful law practice in a day and age where attacks are coming at lawyers from every conceivable direction.

Offered in three convenient locations all over South Carolina, this is a program you can’t afford to miss! 

This seminar is a basic to intermediate level program.

Susan Taylor Wall, Gordon & Rees (Moderator)
Henry W. “Hal” Frampton IV, Gordon & Rees
Ellen M. McCarthy, Swiss Re

11:30 a.m.  Registration and Lunch

12 p.m. Insurance (Policy Coverages; Recommended Office Procedures; 5-10 Year History of Claims)                  

1 p.m. Employment (Hiring and Firing; Employment Contacts; Office Procedures to Avoid Claims)

2 p.m. Ethics (Small Practice Pitfalls; Key Rules to Remember; New Case Law)

3 p.m.   Adjourn

Ellen Marth McCarthy
Ellen McCarthy, JD, CPCU, RPLU is a professional liability underwriter for Westport Insurance Corporation, a Swiss Re Corporate Solutions company. Ellen joined a predecessor of Swiss Re in 1996 as a lawyers’ professional liability claims specialist and assumed various roles adjudicating complex attorney malpractice and insurance agent errors and omissions claims. Ellen transitioned to her current role as a LPL underwriter in 2018.

Prior to joining Swiss Re, Ellen practiced insurance defense in suburban Washington, DC and was a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Ellen graduated from McDaniel College with a B.A. in English/Writing and earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Susan Taylor Wall
Susan Wall is a Partner in the Charleston office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Professional Liability, Commercial Litigation, and Class Action practice groups. She has been in active practice as a successful litigator for more 30 years. She handles complex litigation for professional errors and omissions, business torts and related matters. She has argued multiple appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals and The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Wall is an experienced trial attorney in both federal and state courts.

Ms. Wall is admitted to practice in South Carolina and California and before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. She is also certified in South Carolina state and federal courts as a mediator.

Ms. Wall has received numerous honors including being named The Best Lawyers in America© for 12 consecutive years; "Lawyer of the Year," Charleston, Professional Malpractice Defense; "Women in the Law," Lawyer of the Year Honoree. She is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated per Martindale-Hubble. She is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers®, Professional Liability: Defense. She is a recipient of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award and the Henkel Award, Attorneys Liability Protection Society.

She has been a member of the SC Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for 20 years and has served on the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Ms. Wall is a frequent presenter on legal ethics and malpractice prevention.

Henry W. Frampton, IV
Hal Frampton is a Partner in the Charleston office of Gordon & Rees. He concentrates his practice in litigation matters, particularly in sensitive employment, employee benefits, professional negligence, and business disputes. He regularly assists businesses and professionals with claims brought by employees, former employees, and clients. He has defended a wide variety of professionals in professional negligence claims, including many prominent lawyers, insurance agents, and other professionals. In addition, he has handled many high-stakes business disputes, including class actions with alleged damages of more than $500 million dollars, and other high-dollar disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and similar claims.

Mr. Frampton also assists clients with appeals and has successfully handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, South Carolina Supreme Court, and South Carolina Court of Appeals.

While in law school, he served as Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

All registrations must be pre-paid. Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201