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Andrew Lavoott Bluestone, Bluestone Law Firm, New York, NY

Winning solution: Andrew Bluestone, a sole practitioner in New York City, concentrates in legal malpractice litigation. One of his biggest challenges is managing thousands of documents for each case. To deal with this, he scans every piece of paper that comes to his office, as well as articles and legal research – over four million pages thus far – using two HP flatbed scanners and one HP handheld scanner. This enables him to store, recover, transmit, analyze and refer to vast files right from his desk, thanks to a central document database, and litigation support software. A wired network connects eight PCs in the office used by Bluestone and his secretary. Documents and case notes are accessible at any workstation from a central file server. An HP iPAQ Pocket PC and HP business notebook PC help him manage the same tasks away from the office.

While other attorneys are storing paper in files, going to the files to read documents, and keeping the documents nearby, Bluestone is storing millions of pages digitally and reading files right from his computer screen. He even has a display permanently set up in portrait so the pages are life-size. He can flick through a 200pp transcript just like having it on his desk, not to mention being able to annotate, print, select and work with the document in many digital ways. Other firms still copy and ship paper documents for a document discovery response, but Bluestone writes documents to CD for mailing, saving him anywhere from $50 to $350 in photocopying costs plus $35 per delivery. Bluestone says he couldn’t maintain his practice if he had to physically find a paper document to read it. Nor could he store all the documents in his office; he would have to rent an additional office to store some 450 boxes of paper. HP products make the difference.

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Andrew Lavoott Bluestone

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened…

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened his private law office and took his first legal malpractice case.

Since 1989, Bluestone has become a leader in the New York Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice bar, handling a wide array of plaintiff’s legal malpractice cases arising from catastrophic personal injury, contracts, patents, commercial litigation, securities, matrimonial and custody issues, medical malpractice, insurance, product liability, real estate, landlord-tenant, foreclosures and has defended attorneys in a limited number of legal malpractice cases.

Bluestone also took an academic role in field, publishing the New York Attorney Malpractice Report from 2002-2004.  He started the “New York Attorney Malpractice Blog” in 2004, where he has published more than 4500 entries.

Mr. Bluestone has written 38 scholarly peer-reviewed articles concerning legal malpractice, many in the Outside Counsel column of the New York Law Journal. He has appeared as an Expert witness in multiple legal malpractice litigations.

Mr. Bluestone is an adjunct professor of law at St. John’s University College of Law, teaching Legal Malpractice.  Mr. Bluestone has argued legal malpractice cases in the Second Circuit, in the New York State Court of Appeals, each of the four New York Appellate Divisions, in all four of  the U.S. District Courts of New York and in Supreme Courts all over the state.  He has also been admitted pro haec vice in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida and was formally admitted to the US District Court of Connecticut and to its Bankruptcy Court all for legal malpractice matters. He has been retained by U.S. Trustees in legal malpractice cases from Bankruptcy Courts, and has represented municipalities, insurance companies, hedge funds, communications companies and international manufacturing firms. Mr. Bluestone regularly lectures in CLEs on legal malpractice.

Based upon his professional experience Bluestone was named a Diplomate and was Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in 2008 in Legal Malpractice. He remains Board Certified.  He was admitted to The Best Lawyers in America from 2012-2019.  He has been featured in Who’s Who in Law since 1993.

In the last years, Mr. Bluestone has been featured for two particularly noteworthy legal malpractice cases.  The first was a settlement of an $11.9 million dollar default legal malpractice case of Yeo v. Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman which was reported in the NYLJ on August 15, 2016. Most recently, Mr. Bluestone obtained a rare plaintiff’s verdict in a legal malpractice case on behalf of the City of White Plains v. Joseph Maria, reported in the NYLJ on February 14, 2017. It was the sole legal malpractice jury verdict in the State of New York for 2017.

Bluestone has been at the forefront of the development of legal malpractice principles and has contributed case law decisions, writing and lecturing which have been recognized by his peers.  He is regularly mentioned in academic writing, and his past cases are often cited in current legal malpractice decisions. He is recognized for his ample writings on Judiciary Law § 487, a 850 year old statute deriving from England which relates to attorney deceit.