No. 149.

24 N.Y.3d 320 (2014)

23 N.E.3d 965

998 N.Y.S.2d 698

2014 NY Slip Op 07291

In the Matter of SYLVAN LAWRENCE, Deceased. RICHARD S. LAWRENCE et al., Respondents, v. GRAUBARD MILLER et al., Appellants, and RICHARD S. LAWRENCE et al., Intervenors-Respondents.

Court of Appeals of New York.

Decided October 28, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., New York City ( Brian J. Shoot of counsel), and Flemming Zulack Williamson & Zauderer LLP, New York City ( Mark C. Zauderer of counsel), for Graubard Miller, appellant.

Jones Day ( Michael A. Carvin , of the District of Columbia bar, admitted pro hac vice, and Jacob M. Roth , of the District of Columbia bar, admitted pro hac vice, of counsel), for C. Daniel Chill and others, appellants.

Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP, New York City ( Daniel J. Kornstein , Ina R. Bort and Amy C. Gross of counsel), for respondents and intervenor-respondents.

Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., Milford, Connecticut ( Robert L. Berchem and Michelle Devlin Long of counsel), and Akin Gump Strauss & Feld LLP, New York City ( Kim Koopersmith of counsel), for Marta Jo Lawrence and another, intervenors-respondents.

Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP, New York City ( Norman A. Senior and Angelo M. Grasso of counsel), for Richard S. Lawrence, intervenor-respondent.

Pollack Pollack Isaac & DeCicco, New York City ( Brian J. Isaac of counsel), for New York State Trial Lawyers Association, amicus curiae.


Beginning in 1983, defendant law firm Graubard Miller (Graubard or the law firm) represented Alice Lawrence (Lawrence) and her three children in litigation arising from the death of her husband and their father, Sylvan Lawrence (decedent), a real estate developer. At the time of decedent's death in 1981, his...


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