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Andrew Lavoott Bluestone is Board Certified in Legal Malpractice has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.  This Board is organized and recognized by the American Bar Association and has met the rigid tests imposed by them. 


Andrew Lavoott Bluestone is an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John's University College of Law.


According to the American Bar Association, "a lawyer who is a certified specialist has been recognized by an independent profefessional certifiying organization as having an enhanced level of skill and expertise, as well as a substantial involvement in an established legal sepciaity.  These organizations require a lawyer to demonstrate special training, experience and knowledge to insure that the lawyer's recognition as a certified specialist is meaningful and reliable."


According to DR 2-105, and now the revised Rules of Professional Conduct , Rule 7.4  "certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York  and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.  The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys is a private organization and not affiliated with any governmental authority."


If your attorney has made a mistake with your case, we can help you. We have represented clients in legal malpractice litigation in New York since 1978. I am the author of the New York Attorney Malpractice Blog [], an Outside Counsel Columnist for the New York Law Journal, and lecture to attorneys on legal malpractice issues. If you have a question about how an attorney handled your case, please call my office for a free consultation.


Contact info

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone

233 Broadway
27th Floor
New York, NY, 10279-2702

Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%
    37 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($300-450/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Oscar Michelen

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have been involved in a few matters with Andrew Bluestone and have found him to be a savvy, well-prepared litigator who is comfortable in both Federal and State court.


    Oscar Michelen Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott H. Greenfield

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Andrew Bluestone is an exceptionally dedicated and hard-working attorney. He has demonstrated the highest ethical standards and I endorse him without hesitation.


    Scott Greenfield White collar crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


NYCurrently registered 197903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Inclusion in BEST LAWYERSBest Lawyers in America2016
Inclusion in BEST LAWYERSBest Lawyers in America2015
Inclusion in BEST LAWYERSBest Lawyers in America2014
Inclusion in BEST LAWYERSBest Lawyers in America2013
Private Pilot LicenseFederal Aviation Administration2012
Diplomate, Board Certified in Legal MalpracticeAmerican Board of Professional Liability Attorneys2008
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who2008
Marquis Whos Who 2009Marquis2008
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2007
Presidential AwardAssociation of Legal Malpractice Attorneys2006
Who's Who in Emerging LawyersMarquis Who's Who2004
Who's WhoMarquis Who's Who2003
Who's Who in Emerging Lawyers in AmericaN/AN/A
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
Hewlett Packard Legal Technology AwardLaw.ComN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSt. John's University School Of Law2015 - Present
PrincipalLaw office of Andrew Lavoott Bluestone1989 - Present
AttorneyTrolman & Glaser1987 - 1989
AttorneyAlexander Ash1985 - 1987
AttorneyDavis & Hoffman1984 - 1985
Senior Trial Assistant District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney - Kings County1978 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysMember, Board of Governors2011 - Present
American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysChairman, Legal Malpractice Examination Committee2011 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationLawyer's Professional Liability Committee2007 - Present
Brooklyn Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of New York CityMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LaBarbarra v. New York Eye & EarDecision by the New York Court of Appeals
DeLuca v, Baybridge at Bayside CondoAppellate Division, Second Department
Cabbad v. TIG Ins, CoAppellate Division, Second Department
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law Journal -The Statute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice2015
New York Law JournalAfter "Grace": Is There a New Element to Establish in Legal Malpractice?2015
New York Law JournalAre The Courts Punishing Legal Malpractice Plaintiffs?2015
New York Law JournalThe Common Law of Legal Malpractice and Fraud2014
New York Law JournalIs Legal Malpractice Still A Tort?2014
New York Law JournalJudiciary Law 487 Cases on the Rise After "Amalfitano"2014
New York Law JournalClient Satisfaction and Legal Malpractice2013
New York Law JournalStatute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice2013
LawLine CLE CourseAttorney Malpractice Litigation2013
New York Law JournalWhen the Attorney-Client Relationship Ends2013
New York State Bar Association CLE CourseLegal Malpractice CLE2013
New York Law JournalDeposing the Defendant Attorney in a Legal Malpractice Case2013
New York City Bar Association Risk and Legal Malpractice CLSLegal Malpractice Litigation2013
New York Law JournalApplying Attorney Judgment Rule to Legal Malpractice Claims2013
New York Law JournalPadilla and Legal Malpractice2012
New York Law JournalExperts in Legal Malpractice2012
New York Law JournalMatrimonial Litigation and Legal Malpractice2012
New York Law JournalNuts and Bolts of Legal Malpractice2011
New York Law JournalLegal Malpractice, Retaining and Charging Liens2011
New York Law JournalHas the law of Legal Malpractice Changed?2011
New York Law JournalAn Explosion of Developments in Judiciary Law Section 4872010
New York Law JournalElectroncially Stored Information and Legal Malpractice2010
New York Law JournalSettlements and Subsequent Legal Malpractice2010
New York Law JournalThe Use of Lawyer-Targeted Judiciary Law 4872009
New York Law JournalAvoiding Legal Malpractice: Dismissal and Their Remedies2009
New York Law JournalAttorney Client Privilege in Legal Malpractice2008
LawLine.Co,Weekly Column2008
New York Law JournalJudgment and Strategic Decisions in Legal Malpractice2008
New York Law Journal"Buit For" Proximate Cause and Legal Malpractice2008
New York Law JournalThe Defense of Collectibility in Legal Malpractice2007
New York City Bar AssociationLegal Malpractice Litigation2007
New York Law JournalLegal Malpractice2007
New York Law JournalClient Terminates Attorney: The End of the Relationship2006
New York Law JournalStatute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice2006
LawLine.ComLegal Malpractice2006
New York Law JournalThe Collateral Estoppel Trap in Legal Malpractice2006
New York Law Journal"Carvalho": Deposing Attorneys as Experts in Their Own Cases2005
Practicing Lawyers InstituteLegal Malpractice for Lawyers2002
New York State Trial Lawyers InstituteLegal Malpractice in the Courtroom2000
Defense Association of New YorkUse and Preparation of an Expert1986
Brooklyn Bar Association JournalUse of Experts1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
State University of New YorkN/AMA - Masters1975
Alfred UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionLegal Malpractice2015
American Conference Institute LPL/Legal MalpracticeLegal Malpractice2014
Legal Malpractice and Risk ManagementLegal Malpractice2013
Defense Counsel's Ethical ObligationsPadilla and Attorney's Obligations2012
NYS Bar Association Professional Liability SeminarLegal Malpractice2008
LawLine Continuing EducationLegal Malpractice2008
Legal Malpractice Litigation & Risk ManagementLegal Malpractice2007
LawLine Continuing EducationLegal Malpractice2007
LawLine Continuing EducationLegal Malpractice2006
Practicing Lawyers InstituteLegal Malpractice2000
New York State Trial Lawyers InstituteLegal Malpractice in the Courtroom2000