CPLR 214(6) governs the statute of limitations in both legal malpractice and accounting malpractice.  The onset is similar, but slightly different.  Missing in accounting malpractice is the concept of continuing representation.  Darby Scott, Ltd. v Michael S. Libock & Co. LLC
CPAs  2020 NY Slip Op 34343(U) Supreme Court, New York County
Docket Number: 653044/2013 Judge: Robert D. Kalish discusses the difference.

“As a threshold matter, it is clear that all of plaintiff’s claims for damages are time-barred. The statute of limitations for nonmedical malpractice, including accounting malpractice, is three years, which applies “regardless of whether the underlying theory is based in contract or tort” (CPLR 214(6); see RGH Liquidating Trust v Deloitte & Touche LLP, 47 AD3d 516, 517 [1st 2008]; Maya NY, LLC v Hagler, 106 AD3d 583, 586 [2013]). The “claim accrues when the malpractice is committed, not when the client discovers it” (Williamson ex rel. Lipper Convertibles, L.P. v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 9 NY3d 1, 7–8 [2007]). More specifically, the cause of action “accrues upon the client’s receipt of the accountant’s work product since this is the point that a client reasonably relies on the accountant’s skill and advice” (id. at 8, quoting Ackerman v Price Waterhouse, 84 NY2d 535, 541 [1994]).

This action was commenced on August 30, 2013, a date which would render time-barred claims for any act of malpractice committed prior to August 30, 2010. Plaintiff has not identified, and the record does not reflect, any work product produced by defendants after that cut-off date. To the contrary, with respect to the missing handbags and jewelry, Mayo expressly relies on the QuickBooks records maintained by defendants which, at the latest, would have been updated by
Gil on the date of her departure on August 26, 2010. The last invoices analyzed by Alix are even older, dating back to October 2009. Older still is the work product evidencing the alleged overpayments to Finesse, produced between 2004 and 2006. To the extent plaintiff’s claims are based on the accountants’ breach of their professional duty to supervise Gil, the malpractice statute of limitations would extinguish them, and in any event, the limitations for negligent hiring
and supervision is also three years (Kerzhner v G4S Gov’t Sols., Inc., 138 AD3d 564, 565 [1st Dept 2016]). Defendants’ alleged failure to institute internal inventory controls would likewise be encompassed by the malpractice limitations period.”

 

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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.