• Clearly defining the scope of representation—reducing malpractice risk through the engagement letter
  • November 15, 2017 | Author: Jillian K. Farrar
  • Law Firm: Underberg & Kessler LLP - Rochester Office
  • A recent decision by the Southern District of New York reminds practitioners of the importance of a well-crafted and detailed engagement letter. On Sept. 12, Judge William H. Pauley III denied Seward & Kissel, LLP’s Motion to Dismiss the $10 million malpractice claim brought by Mitchell Barack, the founder and sole owner of ESCO Energy Services Company Inc. (ESCO). See Barack v. Seward & Kissel, LLP, 16- cv-09664 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 12, 2017). Barack’s claims arise from Seward & Kissel’s representation of ESCO in its $7.5 million sale to ForceField Energy, Inc. (ForceField).