The First Department determined plaintiff’s legal malpractice complaint was properly dismissed for failing to allege that “but for” the attorney’s negligence plaintiff would have prevailed:
Supreme Court properly dismissed plaintiff’s legal malpractice cause of action in the original complaint because he failed to allege that “but for” defendant’s negligent conduct, he would have prevailed in the underlying action … . Plaintiff’s citation to a ruling in the underlying action denying dismissal of his fraud claim, among others, did not, without more, show that he would have prevailed in the underlying action had defendant timely commenced it by naming the proper parties in the original complaint … . Markov v Barrows, 2022 NY Slip Op 04780, First Dept 8-2-22
Practice Point: To sufficiently allege legal malpractice, the complaint must allege that “but for” the attorney’s negligence plaintiff would have prevailed.