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The “Tripartite” Relationship and an Insurer’s Right to Sue Panel Counsel: Part 2, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas

Following a post on the case of Sentry Select Ins. Co. v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, —S.E2d—, 2018 WL 2423694 (S.C. 2018) regarding tripartite relationships, this article provides a brief overview of how Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas address the “tripartite” relationship between an insurer, its insured, and panel.

The “Tripartite” Relationship and an Insurers Right to Sue Panel Counsel

Summary: This article provides a brief overview of the “tripartite” relationship between an insurer, its insured, and panel counsel and the theories under which a direct action can be brought by the insurer against panel counsel for legal malpractice. The “tripartite” relationship refers to the relationship among an insurer, its insured and defense counsel retained…

On the Hook Without a Word: Title Agent May Create Attorney-Client Relationship Between Lender and Attorney Retained by Title Agent

Summary: A Florida appellate court recently held a title agent’s consultation with an attorney to prepare a note and mortgage may have created an attorney-client relationship between a lender and the attorney, despite no direct communications between the lender and attorney. Additionally, the creation of such relationship may have triggered a duty by the attorney…

Withdraw! Withdraw! Withdraw! The Importance of Withdrawal in Legal Malpractice Actions

This legal malpractice action arose from an underlying suit a condo association (“Loftominium”) originally filed against a developer for defects in a building’s construction. Loftominium retained John Jacoby (“Jacoby”), McDonald Hopkins LLC (“McDonald”), and Nyhan, Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry, P.C. (“Nyhan”) as counsel in its suit against the developer. Jacoby originally represented Loftominium in its…

Sophisticated Clients Still Need Explanations

Attorneys’ clients come in as many varieties as people do – from any origin or background. They also come from any occupation. Sometimes a client’s occupation will not have any impact on the attorney’s communication with the client, such as when an attorney represents a teacher in a divorce (i.e., the attorney would not communicate…


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