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Lawyers Professional Liability defense is a major component of the work done by this firm.  Over a period of many years, we have handled a very significant number of those cases. Among the decisions (overwhelmingly successful) we have obtained in such cases on motions to dismiss or for summary judgment are:

  • Adler v. Gershman, 305 A.D.2d 342, 757 N.Y.S.2d 890 (2d Dep't 2003);
  • Aquino v. Kuczinski, Vila & Associates, P.C., 39 A.D.3d 216, 835 N.Y.S.2d 16 (1st Dep't 2007);
  • Aurora Loan Services, Inc. v. Posner, Posner & Associates, P.C., 513 F. Supp. 2d 18 (S.D.N.Y. 2007);
  • Azumendi v. Roth, 2002 WL 441283 (S.D.N.Y. 2002);
  • Balkheimer v. Spanton, 103 A.D.3d 603, 959 N.Y.S.2d 697 (2d Dep’t 2013);
  • Bastys v. Rothschild, 2000 WL 1810107 (S.D.N.Y. 2000), aff'd, 154 Fed. Appx. 260, 2005 WL 3059596 (2d Cir. 2005);
  • Bereck v. Hamza, 299 A.D.2d 516, 750 N.Y.S.2d 502 (2d Dep't 2002);
  • Billis v. Dinkes & Schwitzer, 30 A.D.3d 260, 817 N.Y.S.2d 257 (1st Dep't 2006);
  • Cacho v. The Law Offices of Louis Venezia, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Rockland Co. 2008);
  • Campanelli v. Somer, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2012);
  • Campbell v. Tamsen, 37 A.D.3d 636, 830 N.Y.S.2d 338 (2d Dep't 2007);
  • Cannistra v. McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, 248 A.D.2d 577, 669 N.Y.S.2d 913 (2d Dep’t 1998);
  • Cerniglia v. Johnson, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Orange Co. 2009);
  • Chamois v. Fitzgibbon, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Orange Co. 2012);
  • Corbett v. Lesnick, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2014);
  • County of Westchester v. Riechers, 6 Misc. 3d 584, 785 N.Y.S.2d (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2004);
  • Dalewitz v. Gropper, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2014);
  • Delos Ins. Co. v. Smith & Laquercia, LLP, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2010);
  • DeNatale v. Santangelo, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2011);
  • Dignelli v. Berman, 293 A.D.2d 565, 741 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2d Dep't 2002);
  • Dorfman v. Ter-Gevondyan, 18 A.D.3d 204, 793 N.Y.S.2d 763 (1st Dep't 2005);
  • Dunston v. Brecher, Fishman, Pasternack, Popish, Heller, Rubin & Rieff, P.C., slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2005);
  • Durso v. Hudson North Management LLC, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2014);
  • Engelke v. Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, 111 A.D.3d 444, 975 N.Y.S.2d 12 (1st Dep’t 2013);
  • Estate of Marinelli v. DiLapi, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2016);
  • Feldman v. Jasne, 294 A.D.2d 307, 742 N.Y.S.2d 540 (1st Dep’t 2002);
  • Filannino-Restifo v. Cohlan, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2007);
  • Frissora v. Homecomings Financial Network, LLC, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Dutchess Co. 2010);
  • Greenpoint Bank v. Nazzal, 287 A.D.2d 485, 731 N.Y.S.2d 624 (2d Dep't 2001);
  • Held v. Seidenberg, 87 A.D.3d 616, 928 N.Y.S.2d 477 (2d Dep’t 2011);
  • In re Dunn, 24 N.Y.3d 699, 3 N.Y.S.3d 751 (2015);
  • Hobbs v. Montalbano, Condon & Frank, P.C., slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Rockland Co. 2007);
  • Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP v. Lefco, LLC, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Orange Co. 2006);
  • Kadanoff v. Kadanoff, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2006);
  • Kahanovitz v. Goldweber, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2007);
  • Kaur v. American Transit Ins. Co., 19 N.Y.3d 807, 945 N.Y.S.2d 639 (2012);
  • Kessler v. Glassman, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2016);
  • Koltun v. Berry, 2016 WL 6602558 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) (magistrate’s report and recommendation), 2017 WL 476693 (order adopting magistrate’s report and recommendation);
  • Kotzian v. McCarthy, 36 A.D.3d 863, 827 N.Y.S.2d 875 (2d Dep't 2007);
  • Law Offices of Christine K. Wienberg v. Derkacz, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Rockland Co. 2010);
  • Law Offices of Neal D. Frischberg v. Toman, 105 A.D.3d 713, 963 N.Y.S.2d 142 (2d Dep’t 2013);
  • Lopes v. Mangiatordi, Maher & Lemmo, 2004 WL 3058150 (Sup. Ct., Queens Co. 2004);
  • Lusk v. Weinstein, 85 A.D.3d 445, 924 N.Y.S.2d 91 (1st Dep’t 2011);
  • M. Spiegel & Sons Oil Corp. v. Shultz, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Putnam Co. 2014); 
  • Madey v. Carman, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Nassau Co. 2006), aff'd, 51 A.D.3d 985, 858 N.Y.S.2d 784 (2d Dep't 2008);
  • Malick v. Koster, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2009);
  • Manza v. Newhard, 470 Fed. Appx. 6, 2012 WL 917286 (2d Cir. 2012);
  • Marrone v. Varachi, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2011);
  • Mazella v. Markowitz, 303 A.D.2d 564, 756 N.Y.S.2d 470 (2d Dep't 2003);
  • Mazzio v. The Kleister Law Group, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Orange Co. 2008);
  • Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union v. Levine, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Ulster Co. 2014);
  • Mills Real Estate & Holding Corp. v. Birbrower Montalbano Condon & Frank, P.C., 274 A.D.2d 505, 712 N.Y.S.2d 381 (2d Dep’t 2000);
  • Mitchell v. Barnett, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Bronx Co. 2006);
  • Moray v. Koven & Krause, 15 N.Y.3d 384, 912 N.Y.S.2d 547 (2010);
  • Nazario v. Fortunato & Fortunato, PLLC, 32 A.D.3d 692, 822 N.Y.S.2d 236 (1st Dep't 2006);
  • Novenstern Fabriani & Gaudio, LLC v. Levine, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2013);
  • O’Keefe v. Buchicchio, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2010)
  • O'Bradovich v. Village of Tuckahoe, 325 F. Supp. 2d 413 (S.D.N.Y. 2004);
  • Olson v. Vecchio, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2009);
  • Orosz v. Eppig, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Suffolk Co. 2009);
  • Panish v. Steinberg, 32 A.D.3d 383, 819 N.Y.S.2d 549 (2d Dep't 2006);
  • Pedro v. Walker, 46 A.D.3d 789, 847 N.Y.S.2d 666 (2d Dep't 2007);
  • Perez-Faringer v. Heilman, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2010);
  • Pettus v. Mazzola, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Bronx Co. 2015);
  • Rand v. Birbrower, Montalbano, Condon & Frank, P.C., 31 Fed. Appx. 748, 2002 WL 464739 (2d Cir. 2002);
  • Rickett v. Davis, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2013);
  • Rickles v. Bodnar & Milone, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2011);
  • Rochester Drug Co-op, Inc. v. Magaliff, 16 A.D.3d 1068, 791 N.Y.S.2d 768 (4th Dep't 2005);
  • Rodriguez v. Ross, 19 A.D.3d 395, 796 N.Y.S.2d 398 (2d Dep't 2005);
  • Rojas v. Paine, 101 A.D.3d 843, 956 N.Y.S.2d 81 (2d Dep’t 2012);
  • Rosenberg v. Hrbek, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2007);
  • Ross v. Sherman, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Queens Co. 2016);
  • Route 9A Realty Corp. v. The Vincent A. DeIorio Law Firm, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Nassau Co. 2010);
  • Ruffalo v. Ackerman, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2011);
  • Sabalza v. Salgado, 85 A.D.3d 436, 924 N.Y.S.2d 373 (1st Dep’t 2011);
  • Salyamov v. Lyhovsky, slip opinion (1st Dep’t 2017);
  • Sanchez v. Abderrahman, 2013 WL 8170157 (E.D.N.Y. 2013);
  • Schwartzberg v. Tucciarone, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2000);
  • Sciallo v. Serrano, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2017);
  • Shi v. Shi, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2017);
  • Sierra v. Foster & Garbus, 48 F. Supp. 2d 393 (S.D.N.Y. 1999);
  • Silva v. Worby, Groner, Edelman, LLP, 54 A.D.3d 634, 864 N.Y.S.2d 23 (1st Dep't 2008);
  • Sklover & Donath, LLC v. Eber-Schmid, 2010 WL 909139 (1st Dep't 2010);
  • Smith v. Cohen, 24 A.D.3d 183, 806 N.Y.S.2d 29 (1st Dep't 2005);
  • Stricker v. Novenstern Fabriani & Gaudio, LLP, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2016);
  • Tal v. Superior Vending, LLC, 20 A.D.3d 520, 799 N.Y.S.2d 532 (2d Dep't 2005);
  • Tawil v. Wasser, 21 A.D.3d 948, 801 N.Y.S.2d 619 (2d Dep't 2005);
  • Taylor v. Robustelli, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 1999);
  • Terio v. Spodek, 63 A.D.3d 719, 888 N.Y.S.2d 679 (2d Dep't 2009);
  • Thomas v. County of Putnam, 257 F. Supp. 2d 711 (S.D.N.Y. 2003);
  • Tsafatinos v. Law Office of Sanford F. Young, P.C., 121 A.D.3d 969, 995 N.Y.S.2d 509 (2d Dep’t 2014);
  • Ulrich v. Hausfield, 269 A.D.2d 526, 704 N.Y.S.2d 495 (2d Dep't 2000);
  • Velazquez v. Decaudin, 49 A.D.3d 712, 854 N.Y.S.2d 163 (2d Dep't 2008);
  • Velie v. Ellis Law, P.C., 48 A.D.3d 674, 854 N.Y.S.2d 137 (2d Dep't 2008);
  • Wells Fargo Bank v. Stewart Title Ins. Co., slip opinion (Sup. Ct., West. Co. 2006);
  • Wenger v. Tarshis, 276 A.D.2d 790, 714 N.Y.S.2d 760 (2d Dep't 2000);
  • Wester v. Sussman, 287 A.D.2d 618, 731 N.Y.S.2d 862 (2d Dep't 2001);
  • Williams v. Pinkus, Lipton & Brown, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Putnam Co. 2000); and
  • Wray v. Mallilo & Grossman, 54 A.D.3d 328, 863 N.Y.S.2d 228 (2d Dep't 2008).