Anthony Lin of the New York Law Journal writes:

"Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner’s representation of the estate of a wealthy Mexican politician has landed the law firm in a controversy worthy of a steamy telenovela.

For over a decade, Robert J. Reger, a partner in the New York office of San Francisco-based Thelen Reid, was the lawyer for Emilio Martinez Manautou, a physician-turned-politician who held a number of positions in the Mexican government, including governor of the state of Tamaulipas, directly across the Texas border.

Mr. Reger advised Dr. Martinez on the creation of two trusts, the so-called Family Trust and the so-called EMM Trust. The latter, which contained $7 million, named as sole beneficiary a Texas woman, Alicia Trevino, who also had a 12 percent interest in the Family Trust. A source familiar with the situation described Ms. Trevino as Dr. Martinez’ long-time mistress.

Mr. Reger was co-trustee of both trusts. Dr. Martinez died in December 2004, but his daughter Letizia Martinez de Gonzalez is now claiming Dr. Martinez came to suspect Mr. Reger and Ms. Trevino had developed a relationship. Based on his suspicions, Ms. Gonzalez alleges, Dr. Martinez removed Mr. Reger as co-trustee a few months before he died and also made plans to disinherit Ms. Trevino.

The main drama is playing out in San Antonio probate court, where Ms. Trevino has sued Ms. Gonzalez, who replaced Mr. Reger as trustee, over her alleged transfer of $4 million from the EMM Trust to the Family Trust, in which Ms. Gonzalez has a 50 percent interest.

But Ms. Gonzalez raised her allegations in Manhattan Supreme Court, where she sought an order directing Mr. Reger and Thelen Reid to produce documents and submit to depositions. She claims available documents already detail a pattern of suspicious communications between Mr. Reger and Ms. Trevino that suggest he has assisted her with her probate lawsuit.

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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.