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.

We are pleased to announce that Best Lawyers 2020 recognized Andrew Lavoott Bluestone  for his work in the area of Legal Malpractice litigation.  He has been selected continuously since 2012.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review – that is, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their

Pinto-Bedoya v Yacoob  2019 NY Slip Op 51332(U)  Decided on August 14, 2019 Supreme Court, Kings County  Rivera, J. is the ridiculous story of how some individuals were conned into getting involved in a mortgage fraud ring.  Question:  how did the attorneys not know what was going on?

“The Pinto-Bedoya’s complaint bearing Index Number 75822/2008,

Two threshold issues in legal malpractice, which are not mirrored in other areas of the law are standing and privity.  While intertwined, they are not merely two names for the same thing.  Illustrated by Matter of Benson  2019 NY Slip Op 51331(U)   Decided on August 12, 2019
Surrogate’s Court, Albany County Pettit, J. only certain

Irony aside, there are a significant number of failures in legal malpractice litigation.  These failures are aside from cases which seek to push the limits of the statute of limitations, continuous representation and non-privity claims.  This can be seen in a series of cases by one pro-se plaintiff against one set of attorneys.  The cases

We’re excited to report that the New York Law Journal published this Outside Counsel Column today.

“Legal Malpractice Principles arose in medieval common law.  It is linked with and has become more clearly intertwined with ancient deceit statutes with the Court of Appeals’ determination that Judiciary Law § 487 controls over attorney conduct are not

The statute of limitations has a number of purposes, one of which is to end stale cases, another of which is to quiet old controversies.  Giller v Kate, Nussman, Ellis Farhi & Earle, LLP
2019 NY Slip Op 32301(U) July 31, 2019  Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 156885/2018 Judge: W. Franc