The claim is that the attorneys waived an evidentiary hearing, without consent.  Does that state a cause of action for legal malpractice?  In Law Firm of Alexander D. Tripp, P.C. v Fiorilla
2020 NY Slip Op 32636(U) August 6, 2020 Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 654991/2019 Judge: Lucy Billings it does.

“In the Citigroup Global Markets proceeding, Citigroup Global Markets moved for sanctions, including attorneys’ fees, against both defendant and his attorney, plaintiff, August 4, 2017. Although by November 9, 2017, defendant had retained another attorney for this litigation, defendant alleges that ·plaintiff still represented him as well and on that date agreed with Citigroup Global Markets’ attorney that its motion for sanctions raised no factual issues, obviating the need for an evidentiary hearing. Defendant claims that plaintiff’s waiver of anevidentiary hearing was malpractice, because he did raise factual issues that would have been determined in his favor at a hearing and would have reduced the $213,832.50 award of sanctions, attorneys’ fees, and expenses against him. ”

“By alleging that plaintiff’s choice to forego an evidentiary hearing was incompetent and unreasonable, because it was obvious that a hearing would successfully reduce the sanctions award and thus benefit plaintiff, defendant states a claim for plaintiff’s professional negligence. Sejfuloski v. Michelstein & Assoc . , PLLC, 137 A.D.2d 549, 549-50 (1st Dep’t 2016);  Fenasca Delgado v. Bretz & Coven, LLP, 109 A.D.3d 38, 43-44 (1st Dep’t 2013). This alleged malpractice caused defendant’s alleged damages in the form of an attorneys’ fees award unreduced from the full amount Citigroup Global Markets claimed. Baram v. Person, 153 A.D.3d 1183, 1183 (1st Dep’t 2017); Caso v. Miranda Sambursky Sloane Sklarin Ver Veniotis LLP, 150 A.D.3d 422, 423 (1st Dep’t 2017); O’Neal v. Muchnick Golieb & Golieb, P.C., 149 A.D.3d at 636; Rubin v. Duncan, Fish & Vogel. L.L.P., 148 A.D.3d at 433. See Rudolf v. Shayne, Dachs, Stanisci, Corker & Sauer, 8 N.Y.3d 438, 442-43 (2007); Exeter Law Group v. Immortalana Inc., 158 A.D.3d 576, 577 (1st Dep’t 2018); Macquarie Capital (USA) v. Morrison & Foerster LLP, 157 A.D.3d 456, 456-57 (1st Dep’t 2018); Garnett v. Fox, Horan & Camerini, LLP, 82 A.D.3d 435, 435 – 36 (1st Dep’t 2011) . “

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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.