LEGAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYERS

Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property LawyersLegal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers, Attorney Liability Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers: aggressive comparison shopping to find you the broadest coverage at the best price. ‘A’-rated insurers. Free quotes. 1-page app: download below or apply on-line.


We’re Lawyers Insurance Group, legal malpractice insurance brokers.

Our mission is to obtain the broadest coverage at the best price for every IP law firm.

We accomplish this by scouring the market on firms’ behalf, leveraging our access to dozens of “A”-rated legal malpractice insurers. We also provide attentive service, expert advice, and strong coverage advocacy if you incur a claim.

We even help firms that have unusual malpractice insurance needs:

  • Coverage non-renewed.
  • Insurers won’t offer quote.
  • Policy limits > $5 million.
  • Office outside of the U.S.
  • Merging with or acquiring another firm.

Fill out our on-line application for IP attorneys, to receive no-cost, no-obligation quotes.

We’ll send your application to all viable insurers, based on your firm’s risk profile,  contact you when we receive their quotes, and answer all of your questions.

It’s a low-key process, without any sales calls or pressure.

I. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – What You Need to Know

IP law is considered to be ‘high-risk’ for malpractice claims, so IP firms generally can’t obtain coverage from the major standard market insurers, like AIG, Travelers, Hartford, etc., which cover most firms.

IP firms must instead shop in the “hard-to-place-risks” market, which has fewer insurers and higher premiums.

Over a dozen insurers offer coverage to IP firms, but the best terms almost always come from either Jamison/CNA, which is the largest insurer of IP firms in the US (CNA is the insurer; Jamison manages CNA’s IP program) Jorgenson/Scottsdale, or Lloyd’s of London.

Policy limits are a key determinant of the premium. They’re expressed as “per claim / all claims incurred during the policy year”, i.e., limits of $250,000/$500,000 mean that the insurer will pay a maximum of $250,000 for any claim that the firm incurs and reports during the policy period, which is one year, and a maximum of $500,000 for all claims that it incurs and reports during the policy period.

The next level of limits is $500,000/$500,000, followed by $500,000/$1 million, $1 million/$1 million, and $2 million/$2 million. Each increase in limits adds about 10% – 20% to the premium.

The policy covers legal fees and other defense costs, and any judgment or settlement paid to the plaintiff. However, as legal fees are paid, they’re deducted from the per claim limit, leaving that much less to pay any judgment or settlement. If the limit is used up before the claim is resolved, then the firm has to pay any additional sums out-of-pocket.

The cost to defend a legal mal. claim against an IP atty., is generally $75,000 – $150,000 through the filing of a Motion to Dismiss, and at least $250,000 through trial, if necessary, so we encourage firms to carry a per-claim limit of at least $500,000 per attorney. 

Here’s the typical annual premium at various policy limits for a solo patent attorney who doesn’t currently have coverage: 

   Policy Limit                          Deductible      Annual Premium (+ or – 5%)              

$250,000/$500,000                  $5,000             $2,500              
$500,000/$1,000,000               $5,000             $3,000          
$1,000,000/$1,000,000            $5,000             $3,300          
$1,000,000/$2,000,000            $5,000             $3,600           
$2,000,000/$2,000,000            $5,000             $4,000

Notes:

*Limits of $250,000/$500,000 are generally the lowest the insurers will offer a solo IP firm (limits of $250,000/$250,000 are available in some states, which will cost about $2,300).

*Limits of 2,000,000/$2,000,000 are the highest the insurers will offer a solo. We can obtain higher limits in the excess insurance market, i.e., $3,000,000/$3,000,000.

*A $5,000 per claim deductible is lowest the insurers will offer a solo. The highest is $10,000, which will reduce the premium at each level by about 6%.

*A 2-atty. firm will pay about 70% more than a solo at each of the policy limits shown above, i.e., about $5,600 for a $1M/$1M limit.  

*Trademark and copyright attorneys pay about 15% less than patent attorneys.

*The premiums above are for a policy with no prior acts coverage, i.e., no coverage for legal services that you provided before the inception date of your policy. Each year that you renew, the renewal policy will have an additional year of prior acts coverage, back to the inception date of your first policy. Because of this, the premium rises about 15% – 20% in each of the first five years that renew your coverage, i.e., years 2 – 6. Thus, your premium will roughly double over that time from the premiums shown above, independent of any other factors that affect it. However, prior acts coverage is essential, because most legal malpractice claims aren’t filed until 1 – 4 years after the underlying error or omission was made. 

*You can finance the premium: 20% or 25% down, and the balance payable in nine monthly installments. Finance charges will apply.

To get the best terms, make sure that your broker solicits quotes for you from all three insurers mentioned above, as well as all other viable insurers, based on your firm’s risk profile.  

II. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – How We Serve You

We scour the market to find the best terms for each firm, leveraging our access to all of the “A”-rated legal malpractice insurers that cover IP firms.

Here’s an example of our approach:
A 6-attorney IP firm asked us to obtain competing quotes, after its malpractice insurer offered a renewal quote of $32,533. Its current premium was $28,961, for policy limits of $2,000,000 per claim/$2,000,000 for all claims, and a deductible of $25,000 per claim.

We sent its application to 10 “A”-rated malpractice insurers; seven offered quotes. The best quote was $22,557 for the same terms as the current policy. We had also solicited quotes at higher policy limits, and the same insurer quoted $28,638 for limits of $4,000,000 per claim/$4,000,000 for all claims. The firm accepted it, and thus doubled its limits for less than its current premium, due to our aggressive shopping.

We’ve obtained similar results for many other IP firms. Can we do so for your firm? The only way to find out is if we obtain proposals for you.

The larger point is that most attorneys don’t comparison shop, and thus often buy inadequate, overpriced coverage.

Why? Because they don’t realize that legal malpractice insurance pricing is imprecise and highly variable, or that the market is intensely competitive.

The premiums that a legal malpractice insurer charges are essentially guesses, because it doesn’t know how much it will spend to defend and settle claims, which are its biggest expense.

Further, pricing varies widely among insurers, i.e., the highest competing proposal that the firm in the example above received was 36% more than the lowest proposal, for identical coverage.

That shows how important it is to comparison shop.

In fact, a firm that doesn’t comparison shop at least every third year usually receives inferior terms, because its insurer has no competition for its account.

If your firm does shop, and it’s well managed and has a good claims record, then 6-8 “A”- rated legal malpractice insurers will likely offer it quotes, some of which may be much better than its renewal quote.

III. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – Optimize Your Coverage 

Work with a broker who’ll submit your application to every “A”-rated malpractice insurer that’ll likely offer your firm coverage, based on its risk profile. Maximizing competition is the key to getting the best terms.

IV. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – Learn More or Request  Proposals 

It’ll give the insurers enough information about your practice to offer “ballpark” terms, without your having to complete a full application.

We’ll send your form to all suitable insurers, and contact you as they respond. If you like any of the estimates that we obtain, then you can complete a full application and provide any other information that the insurer needs to offer you a firm quote. The final quote usually matches or is very close to the estimate.

An average premium for solo IP lawyers buying their first policy is about $3,000 for a $1 million/$1 million limit, or $2,500 for a $500K/$500K limit (see #7 on our FAQs page for an explanation of policy limits). You can finance the premium (see FAQs, #15C).  

NOTES:

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bl.lnc..e.We thus have every incentive to find you the best terms available in the market.

V. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – Attorney Feedback

“I recently worked with Curtis…I thought he did an excellent job staying in touch with me and giving me fair advice, without pressure to purchase anything in particular…he actually advised me to simply renew with my current carrier, despite the fact that it would not have led to any monetary compensation for him…” (Rating: 5 stars out of 5.)

Full review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lawyers-insurance-group

We received this email from the owner of a law firm for whom we procured malpractice coverage after its existing coverage was non-renewed:
“From beginning to end, you have served us so well, keeping me informed every step of the way.  Thank you Curtis!  I will recommend you without hesitation to any lawyer in need of a professional insurance broker.”

VI. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – Who We Serve

  • New law firms, including solo practices
  • Established firms of all sizes and in all IP practice areas.

VII. Legal Malpractice Insurance Intellectual Property Lawyers – Further Reading

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