The court reminded parties of the importance of submitting affidavits on motions

In Boukari v Schwartzberg Assoc., LLC, 225 AD3d 417, 417-18 [1st Dept 2024], the court reminded parties of the importance of submitting affidavits on motions. The court held:

Plaintiff opposed the motion only with an attorney affirmation. She did not submit an affidavit setting forth her version of the initial conversations with defendants or any other interactions that would support her attorney’s contentions that she was under a reasonable impression that defendants had agreed to represent her on a personal injury claim or that the law firm did not clearly disclaim representation (see Zuckerman v City of New York, 49 NY2d 557 [1980] [an attorney affirmation is insufficient to put before the court facts of which she has no knowledge]; cf. Encalada v McCarthy, Chachanover & Rosado, LLP, 160 AD3d 475 [1st Dept 2018] [the plaintiff’s testimony about his initial conversation with counsel raised issues of fact and credibility for the factfinder to decide]).

In view of the conclusive evidence establishing the absence of legal representation by defendants on any personal injury action, the court incorrectly determined that the legal malpractice claim was timely under the continuous representation doctrine (see Pace v Horowitz, 190 AD3d 619 [1st Dept 2021]; Knobel v Wei Group, LLP, 160 AD3d 409, 410 [1st Dept 2018]) and that it was factually sustainable (see Binn v Muchnick, Golieb & Golieb, P.C., 180 AD3d 598, 599 [1st Dept 2020]; Seaman v Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, 176 AD3d 538, 539 [1st Dept 2019]).

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