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Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice Claim Arising Out of An Appeal Dismissed

In Jackson v. Law Offices of Peter Sverd, PLLC, 2024 NY Slip Op 30413 (NY Supreme Court 2024), the plaintiff sued her lawyer for malpractice arising out of an appeal of a discrimination lawsuit. The court held that the plaintiff would not have won the appeal under any circumstances so the lawyer was not negligent in handling the appeal. The reasoning: “Here, this Court finds plaintiff’s arguments do not prevail, and even if the defendant executed a different strategy, and whether the defendant had submitted certain documents, facts, or allegations at the time of the appeal, that would not have rendered plaintiff a more favorable outcome on her appeal. The plaintiff’s grievances or disappointment in the outcome of her appeal handled by the defendant does not constitute legal malpractice.”

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