Lawyers at DBMS successfully litigate a wide variety of civil cases and argue appeals in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in the country.

Professional Liability

Appelbaum v. Defendant Lawyer and Law Firm


Defendant Lawyer and Law Firm


Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Defendant


The plaintiff had claimed in excess of $30 million dollars in damages based on the alleged malpractice of the defendant attorneys. The claim arose from the defendants’ representation of a closely held family business and the individual defendant family members.

Plaintiff alleged a conflict of interest which led to the plaintiff’s failure to obtain an appropriate severance agreement and shareholder rights upon his termination from the company. The plaintiff had been a 25% shareholder and employee of the closely held family business.

The plaintiff claimed that the value of the purported severance agreement and stock were worth in excess of $30 million dollars over the life of the plaintiff.

The case resulted in a summary judgement in favor of the defense.