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Mr. Michael Barrett is the Risk Control Director for CNA’s Lawyers Professional Liability Program. In this role, he manages a team of highly qualified attorneys who are responsible for the design, content and distribution of risk control content relevant to the practice of law. He also collaborates with executive leadership from CNA’s underwriting and clams teams to develop and execute strategies for profitable growth of the program. He is a frequent lecturer at both CNA sponsored programs and at national seminars hosted by industry-leading organizations. He also frequently publishes articles focused on legal professional liability risks as well as other commercial liability related to the operation of law practices.
Mr. Barrett graduated from Allegheny College with a B.S. in biochemistry and received his JD from Chicago Kent College of Law, where he also earned the Intellectual Property Law Certificate. Prior to joining CNA, he was a successful defense litigator specializing in the defense of commercial and professional liability lawsuits, and first-chaired twenty-three jury trials to verdict. Mr. Barrett is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), PLUS, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He is also an appointed board member on the ABA’s Law Practice Division. In addition he is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
John T. Cofresi is a Claims Consultant at CNA who handles professional liability claims against mid-size and large law firms. He is a member of CNA’s dedicated check scam team that handles matters involving check/wire scams against attorneys.
Mr. Cofresi joined CNA in January, 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Cofresi was in private practice for approximately eleven-and-a-half years. His private practice experience included handling all phases of litigation, from inception and pre-suit advice through trial and appeal, of casualty, professional liability and insurance coverage matters at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin and Cullen & Dykman LLP. Mr. Cofresi also worked for the New York State Grievance Committee, assisting in the investigation and prosecution of alleged attorney misconduct.
Mr. Cofresi is an attorney admitted to practice in New York. Mr. Cofresi is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association and currently serves on its standing Committee for Professional Discipline. Mr. Cofresi previously served on the New York State Bar Association’s standing Committee on the Civil Practice Law and Rules. He received his J.D. from New York Law School and B.S. in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.
John B. Harris is a partner in the Litigation Group with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in high stakes civil matters and white collar criminal cases. He is a recognized leader in the professional responsibility and white collar defense bars. In his legal ethics and professional responsibility practice, Mr. Harris defends law firms, lawyers, and other professionals against claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. He frequently represents law firms in disputes with current and former partners.
A central part of Mr. Harris’ practice is the representation of individuals and entities who are the subjects of either criminal or regulatory investigations. He has represented public figures, corporate executives and securities industry professionals against allegations involving collateralized debt obligation and mortgage fraud; anti-money laundering investigations; insider trading; securities and accounting fraud; and mutual fund pricing violations. In addition, he has advised clients on research analyst independence issues, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, and "spy shop" matters. Mr. Harris understands that his clients are best served when charges are not filed by prosecutors and regulators, and he has had substantial success for his clients in accomplishing this result.
Mr. Harris was the Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is a former member of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, Committee on Professional Discipline, Judiciary Committee, and Task Force on Multi-Disciplinary Practice. He has served as a delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates and currently serves as a member of the State Bar Professional Discipline Committee. He acts as a mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and has served as an expert witness.
Mr. Harris is also a member of the American Bar Association; is a past Chair of the New York Regional Board and a member of the National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League; is vice-chair of the New York University Law Alumni Association; and is a board member of Summer Search, New York. He has been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York-area Super Lawyer for eight consecutive years.
Mr. Harris has litigated matters in New York State and federal courts (Southern and Eastern Districts), and appeared in numerous SEC, FINRA and Departmental Disciplinary Committee proceedings. Before joining Frankfurt Kurnit, he was a partner at Stillman & Friedman, P.C. and Ballard Spahr LLP. Previously, Mr. Harris was a reporter for The Hartford Courant. Mr. Harris is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.
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