Anne L. Thompson is the Chief Claims Officer for Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company. Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company has been providing professional liability insurance to California lawyers since 1978. The company primarily insures sole practitioners and lawyers in small firms, as well as bar associations throughout California. In the 1970s, legal malpractice claims of all types were escalating. As a result, legal malpractice insurance premiums were increasing rapidly, making liability insurance too expensive for many sole practitioners and attorneys in small firms. Lawyers’ Mutual was established under the auspices of the State Bar of California, to help make affordable and consistently available legal malpractice insurance for such lawyers.