Firm News

2016
Dec
06
FKB Successfully Defends an Appeal in First Department

FKB obtains a favorable ruling from the Appellate Division, First Department affirming the dismissal of a legal malpractice case in connection with a defendant-law firm’s representation of a telecommunications company in a maritime action. In the underlying representation, the plaintiff, a telecommunications company, sought to recover damages against a shipping company for alleged damages when […]

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Nov
04
FKB’s Andrew Jones Elected to Professional Liability Defense Federation™ (PLDF) Board

FKB’s Andrew Jones was elected to the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) Board of Directors on September 29, 2016.  The appointment came following open elections voted for by PLDF Members during PLDF’s Annual Conference in Denver, CO. PLDF is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share […]

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Oct
01
New Disciplinary Procedures for New York Attorneys Take Effect

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, New York implemented new procedures for disciplining attorneys throughout the state.  The rules were adopted in December 2015 by the presiding justices of the four appellate departments and former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, based on recommendations by the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline appointed by Lippman. The new disciplinary procedures […]

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Sep
22
FKB’s Mike Furman and Andrew Kowlowitz will be featured lecturers at the New York State Bar Association CLE entitled “Risk Management for Lawyers”

FKB’s Mike Furman and Andrew Kowlowitz will be featured lecturers at the New York State Bar Association CLE entitled “Risk Management for Lawyers.” Mike and Andrew will speak on the topic of “Effective Client Relations and Resolving Attorney-Client Disputes.”  Other topics that will be covered at the seminar involve legal malpractice and law firm risk […]

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Sep
13
FKB’s Andrew Jones and Florence Lishansky win pre-answer Motion to Dismiss in an insurance agent/broker liability case

FKB successfully obtained pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Oing in New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Commercial Division).  FKB’s pre-answer motion to dismiss pursuant to CPLR §§ 3211(a)(1) and (a)(7) argued, inter alia, that the complaint failed to state a cause of action. Following extensive oral argument, Justice Oing dismissed […]

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Sep
06
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones presented at the University of California on Risk Management and Professional Liability Insurance

September 6, 2016: FKB’s Andrew R. Jones was a Guest Presenter at the University of California, Riverside, lecturing students on Risk Management and Professional Liability Insurance. As part of U.C.R.’s Professional Certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management, Andrew addressed students embarking on careers leading towards possibly becoming Professional Fiduciaries.  Full details regarding U.C.R.’s Professional Fiduciary Program can be […]

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Aug
08
FKB Client Advisory by Andrew R. Jones

A Timely Reminder: The Three (3) Year Limitations Period for Legal Malpractice Claims is Not an Absolute Shield for Practitioners Seeking to Recover Legal Fees Most practitioners know that there is a three (3) year limitations period to commence a legal malpractice action. However, many are unaware that an action to recover unpaid legal fees […]

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Jul
26
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Jessica Serrano obtain dismissal of a fraud and negligent misrepresentation action against an Insurance Agent in connection with an alleged “illegal” Healthcare Group workers compensation insurance scheme

FKB successfully obtained pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Knipel in New York State Supreme Court, Kings County. FKB’s pre-answer motion to dismiss pursuant to CPLR §§ 3211(a)(1) and (a)(7) argued, inter alia, that the complaint failed to state a cause of action. FKB’s client, a senior, experienced insurance agent assisted in […]

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Jun
16
FKB’s Andrew Jones will be a featured panelist at the American Bar Association’s LPL Young Professionals Event on June 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, FKB’s Andrew Jones will be a featured panelist at the American Bar Association’s LPL Young Professionals Event during the session entitled: “The Counsel and Claims Connection.” Andrew will discuss reporting, budgeting, and providing settlement recommendations for legal malpractice claims. The panel will also explore best practices for the key elements […]

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May
31
FKB’s A. Michael Furman and Rachel Aghassi obtain dismissal of an action asserting legal malpractice in two bankruptcy petitions

FKB successfully obtained a pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Lucindo Suarez in Supreme Court, Bronx County. In this matter, FKB’s client represented plaintiffs with respect to their handling of two Chapter 13 bankruptcies which were filed in response to a pending foreclosure action. Shortly after the bankruptcies were filed, they were […]

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May
26
FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Rachel Aghassi obtain dismissal with prejudice of action asserting multiple claims against attorney in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County

FKB successfully obtained a pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Jeffrey K. Oing in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County. FKB’s client represented the opposing parties in two related commercial litigations in which Plaintiffs were involved.  Plaintiffs claimed breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortious interference with […]

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May
20
Andrew R. Jones and Jessica Serrano obtain dismissal of fraud and negligent misrepresentation action against attorney arising from adversary’s failure to conduct appropriate due diligence in sale and transfer of dental practice

FKB successfully obtained a pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich in New York State Supreme Court, New York County. FKB’s client, a Manhattan-based legal advisory and consultancy, represented the sole proprietor of a dental practice in the sale and transfer of 50% of the practice’s shares to the proprietor’s […]

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May
18
FKB’s A. Michael Furman and Rachel Aghassi obtain dismissal of an action asserting legal malpractice in two bankruptcy petitions

FKB successfully obtained a pre-answer dismissal on a motion to dismiss from Justice Lucindo Suarez in Supreme Court, Bronx County.   In this matter, FKB’s client represented plaintiffs with respect to their handling of two Chapter 13 bankruptcies  which were filed in response to a pending foreclosure action.  Shortly after the bankruptcies were filed, they […]

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May
02
Three FKB partners are named 2016 New York Metro Area “Super Lawyers” and five FKB associates are recognized by Super Lawyer’s Magazine as 2016 New York Metro Area “Rising Stars”

Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP is proud to announce that Mike Furman, Neil Kornfeld and Patrick J. Brennan are selected as 2016 New York Metro Area “Super Lawyers.” Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP is also proud to announce that five FKB associates, Izabell Lemkhen, Rachel Aghassi, Stefanie Singer, Shari Sckolnick and Lauren Simon, have been […]

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Apr
15
FKB’s Stefanie A. Singer obtains dismissal of a legal malpractice action arising out of an underlying personal injury matter

FKB’s client is a prominent New York plaintiff’s personal injury firm. The matter arose from the defendant firm’s representation of a plaintiff (the “Plaintiff”) in a personal injury action involving a slip and fall accident in which the Plaintiff sought substantial monetary damages resulting from an alleged torn ACL, surgery, and lost wages (the “Underlying Action”). […]

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Mar
15
FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Brandon H. Weinstein obtain dismissal of a legal malpractice claim in connection with an Attorney’s representation of a landlord in an underlying landlord-tenant/non-payment proceeding

FKB successfully obtained pre-answer dismissal on a Motion to Dismiss from Justice Dufficy in Queens County Supreme Court. In the underlying non-payment proceeding brought by the Landlord in the New York City Civil Court, the Attorney secured a final judgment for its client for back rent. The judgment was appealed by Plaintiff, pro-se, several times […]

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