Reeve McNamara

The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, organized in 1972, is a national organization comprised of leading trial advocates in the area of professional negligence law. It is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association to identify and board certify attorneys in the areas of medical malpractice and legal malpractice.

Board Certification is restricted to those practicing attorneys who, because of their recognized ability in the area of professional negligence law, and their qualifications consistent with ABPLA standards, merit particular recognition as specialists in these areas of practice.

How do I become Board Certified?


ALL Applicants for Board Certification in Legal or Medical Professional Liability must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Pass ABPLA’s written examination in either Legal or Medical Professional Liability;

  • In the last 3 years, have completed a minimum of 36 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in Legal or Medical Professional Liability, or met the CLE requirements of your State Bar, whichever is greater; and

  • Provide 6 references: 3 judges and 3 attorneys who practice in Legal or Medical Professional Liability.

In addition to these requirements the applicant must meet specific requirements under the specialty area he/she is seeking certification before submitting the application:



Professional Liability in the News

Week Ending 7/20/14

Diplomates in the News:

Fraudulent Concealment Exception to Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations and Statute of ...

Day On Torts ⋅ John Day

In Robinson v. Baptist Memorial Hospital, No. W2013-01198-COA-R3-CV (July 11, 2014), the court addressed the fraudulent concealment exception ...

Concussion Settlement is Deeply Flawed

Reprint from National Law Journal- Michael Kaplen

An analysis of the proposed National Football League settlement affecting about 20,000 retired players that U.S. District Judge Anita Brody preliminarily approved on July 7 exposes significant flaws. ...



Florida Supreme Court Decision Says That Subsequent Treating Physician Testimony That He ...


MedicalMalpracticeLawyers.com is the premier free website that connects medical malpractice victims in the United States with medical malpractice ..

Medical Malpractice: The Tuskegee Medical Experiments on African-Americans

Living Green Magazine

As noted by Alan Bellows at the Damn Interesting blog, the medical community in general had few tools in its arsenal to battle syphilis, a crippling ..

Patient files medical malpractice suit against dentist over allegedly misplaced crown

The Louisiana Record

photo-medical-malpractice NEW ORLEANS – A patient has filed suit against her dentist for allegedly committing medical malpractice in crown work

Sponge left in woman's body leads to medical malpractice suit

Dayton Daily News

Eugenia A. Snowden died 15 months after a surgical team led by a Wright State Physicians doctor left a sponge inside her abdomen, leading to

Suits for nursing-home neglects sound in general negligence rather than medical malpractice, and ...

harvard.edu ⋅ astein

Suits for nursing-home neglects sound in general negligence rather than medical malpractice, and are consequently not subject to damage caps.

Ex-wife of landscaper who received $1 million in medical malpractice case cannot keep the money ...

New York Daily News

An upstate landscaper who won a $3.8 million judgment in a medical malpractice case can keep his money — but his ex-wife who walked out on her ...

Connecticut court affirms pre-gay marriage rights

Twin Falls Times-News

The state Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision overturning two lower court rulings and allowing a widow to sue a doctor in a medical malpractice case ...

Jury's Note to Judge Dooms Malpractice Defense Verdict

Daily Report (registration)

The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a jury verdict that absolved a Henry County hospital and doctor of medical malpractice, finding that the trial ...

Legally Speaking: Dueling defendants in retained foreign object case


MS. COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via e-mail to ..

Will Liability Drive Personalized Medicine?

Genetic Engineering News

Medical malpractice lawsuits are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, liability can compensate injured patients and push providers to implement ...

SAVE THE DATE May 14-16, 2015- 36th Annual ABPLA Conference in San Francisco at Hotel Nikko




Harvey Park District sues attorneys over alleged malpractice in labor case

Cook County

According to the complaint, Harvey Park District did not learn about the alleged legal malpractice until December, when it became too late to mount a ...

ARDC Accuses Lawyer of Forging Pleadings

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD. This is a copy of a complaint filed by the ARDC against a lawyer. The lawyer was accused of forging his own ...

Study: 2013 Legal Malpractice in Review

Professional Liability Matters

The recent recession contributed to a surge in legal malpractice claims. Feeling the pinch, financially strapped clients sought ways to recoup legal fees ..

California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Legal Malpractice Case Based on Rates that Exceeded ...


Plaintiff sued defendants for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of defendants' representation of plaintiff in a construction defect .

Fourth Department — Legal Malpractice: Lincoln Trust v. Alfred D. Spaziano, et al.

Daily Record

Background: The plaintiffs commenced a legal malpractice action seeking damages arising from the defendant's negligence at the closing of a…


ABPLA Annual Conference

Save The Date

The 36th Annual Convention of the ABPLA will be May 14-16 2015 at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.  Full details to be released September 1st.  Please mark your calendar as this event will sell out.  The ABPLA convention is open to all attorneys, and is a great opportunity to witness the importance and the benefits of becoming a Board Certified Diplomate of the ABPLA.