“Actual and Ascertainable Damages” Required to State Legal Malpractice Claim in New York

Campbell v. Planet Asef Realty, 35 Misc. 3d 131A, 951 N.Y.S.2d 85, 2012 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1807 (App. Term 2d Dept. 2012):

To prevail in an action for legal malpractice, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant attorney failed to exercise the ordinary reasonable skill and knowledge commonly possessed by a member of the legal profession, and that the plaintiff sustained actual and ascertainable damages as a result (see Rudolf v Shayne, Dachs, Stanisci, Corker & Sauer, 8 NY3d 438, 442, 867 N.E.2d 385, 835 N.Y.S.2d 534 [2007]; Malik v Beal, 54 AD3d 910, 911, 864 N.Y.S.2d 153 [2008]; Carrasco v Pena & Kahn, 48 AD3d 395, 396, 853 N.Y.S.2d 84 [2008]).

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