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Principal Diana Manning has been recognized in the NJBIZ Vanguard Series: Leaders in Law. NJBIZ selected local attorneys who stood out for their roles in important (sometimes landmark) cases or were instrumental in giving back to their profession by providing opportunities for other lawyers to get to the next level in their careers.

From the NJBIZ Vanguard Series article:
Asked to appear as a friend of the court in the appellate division in March for the real estate case Bianchi v. Ladjen, Bressler, Amery & Ross P.C. Principal Diana Manning argued that if an expert’s opinion relied on subjective opinion rather than objective fact, it could be considered insufficient. 

The panel of judges agreed. 

In legal malpractice claims, this judicial opinion now provides guidance to lawyers looking to prosecute or defend a claim. 

“Unlike a field like medicine or engineering, the legal field is very subjective,” Manning said. “Lawyers can always have difference of opinion and what’s necessary to determine the standard of care and what’s needed for criteria is important.” 

Manning also recently submitted a brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court for a case to determine whether or not the entire controversy doctrine – which precludes fragmentary claims and litigation – applies to claims of fees made by lawyers. 

The case, Dimitrakopoulos v. Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl P.C. et al., involves whether the former clients can bring a legal malpractice claim years after the attorneys successfully brought a claim for fees, or whether the claim is barred by the entire controversy doctrine. (In general, for all other professionals, the claim would be barred.)

To view the publication on the NJBIZ website, please click here.


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