Firm News

2014
Dec
15
After a 6-week jury trial in The Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (Manhattan), on December 15, 2014 FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Rachel Aghassi obtained a unanimous verdict in favor of their attorney-client.

The plaintiff real estate development company sought damages in excess of $10.6M against the defendant-attorney for work done in connection with a 2006 real estate project. The plaintiff planned to build 40 condominium units in upper Manhattan at a location situated immediately next to a large New York City-owned and Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled […]

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Nov
20
FKB’s Mike Furman was the moderator of a discussion with a nationwide panel of federal and state court judges at the annual ACI LPL Legal Malpractice Conference in New York.

FKB’s Mike Furman was the moderator of a discussion with a nationwide panel of federal and state court judges at the annual ACI LPL Legal Malpractice Conference in New York on 11/20/14. FKB’s Mike Furman served as the moderator for a panel discussion with several distinguished jurists entitled “View from the Bench: An Unparalleled Opportunity […]

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Nov
14
FKB’s Mike Furman was a lecturer at the New York State Bar Association CLE “Risk Management 2014” sponsored by the Law Practice and Management Committee in New York City.

FKB’s Mike Furman spoke on the topic of “Competency in Area of Practice” at the New York State Bar Association CLE seminar “Risk Management 2014,” sponsored by the Law Practice and Management Committee. Mr. Furman was part of a experienced panel of speakers, including Marian Rice, Esq., Mark Anesh, Esq., Mike Mooney and Mark Housman, […]

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Nov
13
FKB’s Izabell Lemkhen and Mike Furman were speakers at the New York City Bar Association’s Annual Small Law Firm Symposium.

FKB’s Mike Furman led a panel discussion entitled “Worst Case Scenario – The Do’s and Don’ts of Case Selection, Management and Client Communications” at the New York City Bar Association’s Annual Small Law Firm Symposium on November 13, 2014. The panelists included Bryan Jordan, Claims Manager (Zurich), Sharon Eure Burns, Assistant VP (Zurich), Lisa Tankoos, […]

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Nov
05
FKB’s Mike Furman was the Moderator at a NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Panel Discussion on Trial Advocacy and Courtroom Conduct at Brooklyn Law School.

FKB’s Mike Furman led a panel discussion entitled “Pointers on Courtroom Conduct” at Brooklyn Law School on November 5, 2014. The presentation was sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the panelists included Hon. Yvonne Lewis, J.S.C. (Kings County), U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. (EDNY), Hon. […]

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Sep
05
FKB contributes Miscellaneous Professional Liability (MPL) Overview Article/White Paper to be published in the Fall of 2014 by Leading E&O and MPL Program MGA.

FKB’s Andrew Jones contributed a White Paper to the Fall 2014 publication of Instanteando™; entitled “Miscellaneous Professional Liability Overview.” The article: (i) gives an overview of Miscellaneous Professional Liability insurance; (ii) explains the differences between Professional and General Liability Insurance; and (iii) provided various solutions for ensuring adequate coverage for insureds. The full article can be […]

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Aug
21
Andrew R. Jones obtains dismissal of a fraud and a negligent misrepresentation complaint alleging over $10M in damages against prominent attorney.

FKB’s client is a solo practitioner with significant experience in real estate transactions and environmental litigation. The matter arose from the defendant-attorney’s representation of a limited liability partnership (the “LLP”) in obtaining zoning approval to convert a commercial property into a residential property for purposes of creating a condominium complex. During the course of the […]

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Aug
01
FKB’s Neil Kornfeld obtains a defense verdict in a podiatric medical malpractice action in Supreme Court, New York County.

FKB’s Neil Kornfeld obtains a defense verdict in a podiatric medical malpractice action in Supreme Court, New York County. Plaintiff, a 40 year old woman, claimed that the defendant doctor negligently performed foot surgery causing traumatic arthritis, two subsequent surgeries, and the need for a third surgery. The defendant doctor performed bilateral Akin osteotomies and […]

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Jul
22
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones presented a continuing education class at the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP)’s annual conference in Alexandria, Virginia entitled: “Best Practices: Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice.”

Andrew R. Jones presented a continuing education class at NAPP’s annual conference on July 22, 2014. The full description of the session is as follows: Best Practices: Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice, Andrew Jones and Larry Hilton, with Diane Gardner, Chair (sponsored by NAPP’s Membership Committee). Practical tips to help you avoid malpractice claims; an […]

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Jul
10
FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Jessica C. Serrano win a Plaintiff’s verdict on behalf of a law firm following a four week jury trial in New York Supreme Court, New York County.

FKB’s client is a law firm, specializing in the practice of matrimonial and family law. The Firm was previously retained by the client/defendant in a contested divorce proceeding. After rendering extensive legal services on behalf of the defendant, the Firm, on consent, withdrew escrow funds to pay a portion of their outstanding legal fees. Defendant […]

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May
22
Andrew S. Kowlowitz obtains dismissal of legal malpractice claim against a landlord-tenant attorney.

FKB’s client is a New York law firm with significant experience representing clients in landlord-tenant litigation. The matter arose from the defendant-attorney’s representation of the plaintiff (a landlord/housing cooperative) in connection with the prosecution of a non-payment summary proceeding against a commercial tenant, a Cuban restaurant. The landlord alleged that the tenant had defaulted on […]

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May
22
FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Bain R. Loucks presented a CLE at the Bronx County Bar Association entitled “Risk Management Practices and Legal Malpractice Basics.”

FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Bain R. Loucks presented a CLE at the Bronx County Bar Association entitled “Risk Management Practices and Legal Malpractice Basics.” The CLE focused on law practice management, strategies for reducing risk as well as an in-depth discussion of common claims and defenses to legal malpractice claims with a focus on […]

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May
19
Andrew S. Kowlowitz wins dismissal of a legal malpractice action against a personal injury attorney, arising from the prosecution of a catastrophic injury to a minor claim.

FKB’s client is a personal injury attorney with a solo practice. This matter arose from the attorney’s representation of a four (4) year-old minor who fell out of an apartment window without window guards and suffered irreversible brain damage. FKB’s client prosecuted an action against the plaintiff’s landlord through trial, and ultimately secured a $2 […]

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May
02
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Bain R. Loucks win motion for summary judgment dismissing a $5 million legal malpractice claim.

FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Bain R. Loucks won motion for summary judgment to dismiss a $5 million legal malpractice claim on 5/2/14. The plaintiff, a sophisticated real estate speculator, retained FKB’s client, the defendant law firm (“Firm”), in connection with plaintiff’s investment in a resort hotel located in upstate New York.  Unfortunately, plaintiff invested […]

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Apr
29
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Florence N. Lishansky Lectured at the 2014 Annual Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Conference in San Diego, California. The Conference took place from April 23-26.

FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Florence N. Lishansky, along with guest panelists Larry Hilton, Esq. and Sheri Sudweeks, Esq. hosted a 2.5 hour General Session focusing on Risk Management and Insurance Coverage considerations for professional fiduciaries. Topics discussed included: suggested methods for avoiding claims, disputes, and lawsuits; understanding the professional fiduciary liability insurance policy; what […]

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