In one of the shortest decisions recently seen, the Appellate Division, First Department lays out the Successor Counsel doctrine which essentially immunizes the first attorney in Liporace v Neimark & Neimark, LLP  2018 NY Slip Op 00112  Decided on January 9, 2018.

“The Neimark defendants’ failure to serve a timely notice of claim on the New York City Department of Education in the underlying action is not the proximate cause of plaintiff’s alleged damages, because the statute of limitations had not yet expired when the Budin defendants were substituted as plaintiff’s counsel. This substitution of counsel was a superseding and intervening act that severed any potential liability for legal malpractice on the part of the Neimark defendants (Pyne v Block & Assoc. , 305 AD2d 213 [1st Dept 2003]).”