At AvoidaClaim we regularly issue warnings about fraud attempts by fake clients. This article by David Debenham from the Fall 2008 issue of LAWPRO Magazine reminds lawyers to be aware of the possibility of fraud within the firm as well. Internal fraud has been very costly for LAWPRO. At the time of this article we’d seen two major multiple frauds by long-serving and trusted law clerks. The losses on these totalled $6 million. In one case the lawyer was simply duped by a staff person. In the other case the lawyer totally abdicated responsibility to monitor files and the trust account to a clerk. In both cases it was a long-standing and most trusted employee who committed the frauds.


Click here or on the image above to read this article from the Fall 2008 “Surviving the Slide” edition of LAWPRO Magazine. All past LAWPRO Magazine articles can be found at