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 a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU). 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.