Our Lawyers for the Profession® practice group, consisting of 60-plus lawyers, is devoted to representing and advising lawyers and law firms on all aspects of the "law governing lawyers." We focus on four broad areas: legal malpractice defense; ethics and professional responsibility representation and counseling; law firm organization and structure; and risk management services. We have 11 states well-covered and try lawyers' cases nationally wherever needed. Our lawyers anticipate and preempt professional problems, but when disputes occur we offer sound solutions or, where necessary, effective advocacy.

Our leading position as lawyers for the profession is further evidenced in the published works of our team, the professional appointments and bar association positions we hold, the frequency with which members of our group are invited to serve as expert witnesses, and the large number of lectures and presentations we are invited to give annually. In fact, we have chaired virtually every bar-related organization and committee concerned with legal ethics and professional responsibility and one of our partners served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), a nationally prominent bar group.

Hinshaw was named by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as the 2014 "Law Firm of the Year" in the area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers, one law firm in each of the 74 practice areas is chosen as the "Law Firm of the Year," recognizing an impressive overall performance and representing a significant showing in the guide's "Best Law Firms" initiative. Hinshaw has one of the largest and most respected professional liability practices in the United States, with more than 125 attorneys who have extensive experience in the defense of diverse professional liability claims. Please click here for the full definition of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

The Lawyers for the Profession® offer a secure on-line research tool and an email and telephone hotline resource which together provide invaluable support for every law firm general counsel or corporate in-house counsel: Hinshaw's Safety Net®. Safety Net® contains a comprehensive and regularly updated set of research materials related to legal ethics, professional responsibility and law firm risk management within a secure and confidential system. The online tools are available 24/7 from any secure internet connection (computer, tablet or smart phone) in the world, and the hotline is answered during business hours. These benefits are accessible to as many lawyers as a subscribing law firm wishes to register, all for a modest annual subscription fee. For more information or to subscribe to this service, which many Am Law 100 firms are already enrolled, please contact Nabil Foster at




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