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While there’s more awareness than ever about the high rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse in the legal profession, it’s less well-recognized how an attorney’s impairment can lead to malpractice claims and overall liability for their law firms. (Credit: Shutterstock)

When Dan Donnelly, who oversees claims at ALAS, a malpractice insurer to large law firms, hears about claims arising from an attorney’s impairment, stress is often at the root of it: a parent’s death, a child’s illness, a divorce.

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