Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dismissal of a legal malpractice claim.

Practice point: To recover damages for legal malpractice, a plaintiff must establish that the attorney failed to exercise the ordinary reasonable skill and knowledge commonly possessed by a member of the legal profession, and that the breach of this duty proximately caused the plaintiff to sustain actual and ascertainable damages.

Student note:  Establishing causation requires a showing that, but for the lawyer's negligence, the plaintiff would have prevailed in the underlying action, or would not have incurred any damages.

Case:  Burbige v. Siben & Ferber, NY Slip Op 05704 (2d Dep't July 19, 2017)

Tomorrow's issue:  In a trip-and-fall action, a trivial defect.