Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP is a full service law firm offering legal counsel to medical, legal and other professionals, national and international corporations, and insurance and healthcare companies.
FKB's practice is characterized by its substantial trial and appellate advocacy experience, and its tireless focus on providing innovative and cost-effective solutions for its clients.
FKB Firm News
January 8, 2015: FKB is pleased to announce that Tracy Katz has become a partner of the firm. Her practice focuses primarily on defending medical malpractice actions. She has thirteen years of experience defending hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals in all aspects of medical malpractice, professional liability and general liability cases.
December 1, 2015: FKB's A. Michael Furman, Andrew R. Jones and Bain R. Loucks win an appeal in the Appellate Division, First Department and obtain dismissal of a Legal Malpractice case arising out of an underlying Commercial Real Estate Transaction.
November 16, 2015: FKB's Neil Kornfeld and Lauren Simon win summary judgment in a medical malpractice action involving a post-operative infection allegedly caused by the negligent handling and maintenance of surgical supplies and equipment.
November 13, 2015: FKB's Mike Furman and Andrew Kowlowitz were featured lecturers at the New York State Bar Association CLE titled "Risk Management for Lawyers," in New York City and Westchester.
October 10, 2015: FKB's A. Michael Furman to speak on the topic of Professional Liability at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section in Orlando, Florida.
June 22, 2015: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Brandon H. Weinstein obtain dismissal of a legal malpractice claim in connection with an Attorney’s representation of a landlord in an underlying landlord-tenant/non-payment proceeding.
June 15, 2015: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Stefanie A. Singer publish an article entitled "Reducing Legal Malpractice Risks: Preserving a Statute of Limitations Defense" in the June 2015 edition of the New York State Bar Association Journal.
June 10, 2015: FKB's Andrew R. Jones and Ashley R. Graham publish "How to Avoid Being Sued When Collecting Legal Fees" article in Spring 2015 edition of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly.
May 8, 2015: FKB's A. Michael Furman and Andrew S. Kowlowitz win appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirming the pre-answer dismissal of a legal malpractice action arising from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme.
April 28, 2015: FKB’s Neil S. Kornfeld & Tracy S. Katz authored an article entitled "Opening and Closing Statements" in the Trial Lawyers Section Digest, a publication of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association.
April 15, 2015: FKB's Andrew R. Jones and Stefanie A. Singer obtain dismissal of a legal malpractice claim in connection with an Attorney’s role as Escrow Agent over an account containing $10.3 million.
March 27, 2015: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Stefanie A. Singer obtain voluntary dismissal of a legal malpractice complaint alleging lost pension benefits estimated to be in excess of $1 million.
March 19, 2015: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Stefanie A. Singer obtain dismissal of a counterclaim complaint alleging fraud, violations of Judiciary Law §487, negligent misrepresentation and various intentional torts.
March 6, 2015: FKB's A. Michael Furman and Andrew S. Kowlowitz were featured speakers at the New York State Bar Association’s Statewide Legal Malpractice CLE, sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee.
Febuary 10, 2015: FKB's Mike Furman was a featured presenter for the New York State Bar Association CLE “Client Intake: Best Practices for Attorneys” sponsored by the Law Practice and Management Committee. Read More »
FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz & Alex T. Paradiso Author “A Primer on the Basic Rules and Guidelines for Defending Depositions,” Published in the Trial Lawyers Section Digest of the New York State Bar Association. Read More »
November 20, 2014: FKB's Mike Furman was the moderator of a discussion with a nationwide panel of federal and state court judges at the annual ACI LPL Legal Malpractice Conference in New York. Read More »
November 14, 2014: FKB's Mike Furman was a lecturer at the New York State Bar Association CLE "Risk Management 2014" sponsored by the Law Practice and Management Committee in New York City. Read More »
November 5, 2014: Two FKB Partners are selected 2014 "Super Lawyers" and two FKB Associates are named "2014 Metro NYC Rising Stars." Read More »
October 17, 2014: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz was a featured speaker on the topic of "Effective Client Relations" at the New York State Bar Association’s Risk Management 2014 CLE, sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee, in Mount Kisco, New York.
August 21, 2014: FKB's Andrew R. Jones and Caroline M. Freilich obtain dismissal of a fraud and a negligent misrepresentation complaint alleging over $10M in damages against prominent attorney.
July 22, 2014: FKB’s Andrew R. Jones presented a continuing education lecture at the National Association of Patent Practitioners’ Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, entitled: "Best Practices: Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice." Read More »
July 10, 2014: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Jessica C. Serrano win a Plaintiff’s verdict on behalf of a law firm following a four week jury trial in New York Supreme Court, New York County. Read More »
June 18, 2014: FKB employees participated in the American Heart Association 3 mile Wall Street Run & Heart Walk Read More »
June 6, 2014: FKB employees participated in the 38th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 5K in Central Park. Read More »
May 20, 2014: FKB’s Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Alex T. Paradiso win dismissal of a legal malpractice action against a personal injury attorney, arising from the prosecution of a catastrophic injury to a minor claim. Read More »
April 29, 2014: FKB’s Andrew R. Jones and Florence N. Lishansky Lectured at the 2014 Annual Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Conference in San Diego, California. The Conference took place from April 23-26. Read More »
January 30, 2014: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Bain R. Loucks presented a CLE at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association's Real Property Law Section Committee entitled "Risk Management Practices for the Landlord/Tenant Practitioner." Read More »
December 18, 2013: FKB Client Advisory by Andrew R. Jones, Younie J. Choi and Zachary G. Schurkman: Two Recent Decisions show New York State is Solidifying its Position as a Jurisdiction that Permits Insurers to Recoup Underlying Litigation Costs. Read More »
December 12, 2013: FKB Client Advisory by Andrew R. Jones and Evan W. Bolla: Third-Party Mortgage Purchasers Cannot Rely on Pre-Closing Documents to Establish Proper Conveyance or Recording. Read More »
December 2, 2013: FKB Accountant Malpractice Advisory: New York Courts utilize the “Tooley” derivative/direct standing test to preclude claims brought by non-clients against accountants. By Andrew S. Kowlowitz
November 14, 2013: FKB’s Michael Furman and Andrew Jones and were featured speakers at the 2013 New York City Bar 10th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium in Manhattan, New York. Read More »
October 5, 2013: FKB’s Andrew Jones cycles 50K to raise $50K for Harlem Grown.Org. Read More »
August 5, 2013: FKB's Andrew Kowlowitz and Partner Dispute Litigation team, obtains summary judgement for a matrimonial law firm and secures judgement in excess of $200,000 for unpaid legal fees. Read More »
July 29, 2013: FKB's A. Michael Furman Lectured at the 2013 Annual NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting in Killarney, Ireland. The Conference took place from July 28 – July 31, 2013. Read More »
July 1, 2013: FKB Client Advisory: The Scope of Documents a Court may Consider Under CPLR 3211(a)(1) Two recent New York cases hold that Courts can properly dismiss legal malpractice actions, pre-discovery, based upon the "documentary evidence" of underlying pleadings, testimony, and affidavits. Read More »
June 21, 2013: FKB Professional Liability Practice Alert: New York's Highest Court rules that a liability insurer who improperly disclaims coverage and declines to defend an insured is precluded from later asserting otherwise valid indemnity coverage exclusions. Read More »
April 12, 2013: FKB Client Advisories -"The failure to disclose a conflict of interest does not transform a breach of fiduciary duty into fraud." - Appellate Division, First Department. Read More.
April 11, 2013: FKB's Neil Kornfeld moderated a roundtable discussion on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy at the Annual CLM conference in San Antonio, Texas. The issues discussed included the history and diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, how to set a value on CRPS claims and tips on defending cases involving claims of CRPS. The panelists also included prominent insurance executives.
April 3, 2013: Patrick J Brennan and Susan Lutinger participated in the Department of Neuroscience - Neurosurgery Grand Rounds at Winthrop University Medical Center by presenting a seminar on Neurosurgical and Neurological Malpractice Issues and Defenses. Read More »
April 1, 2013: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Younie J. Choi obtain dismissal of a legal malpractice action brought against FKB's client, a transactional attorney, in the New York County Supreme Court. Read more »
February 2013: FKB's Patrick J. Brennan and Daniel I. Jedell publish article on expert disclosure in the February 2013 issue of the NYSBA Journal. Read Here »
March 2, 2013: FKB raised over $40,000 in charitable donations for "Cycle for Survival" a nationwide cancer research fundraiser for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that was held on Saturday. Read more »
March 4, 2013: FKB Takes Leading Role in the New York State Bar Association Legal Malpractice CLE Seminar. Read more »
February 26, 2013: FKB Wins Appeal in Legal Malpractice Action Arising from an Alleged "Forced Settlement" in an Underlying $5 Million Civil Rights Case. Read more »
February 19, 2013: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz was a featured columnist in the New York Law Journal. Mr. Kowlowitz' article is titled "Preserving Statute of Limitations Defense to Legal Malpractice Claim." Read more »
January 14, 2013: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Joshua B. Abrams secure a summary judgment dismissal of a legal malpractice action in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Read more »
December 21, 2012: FKB's R. Evon Idahosa and Younie J. Choi obtain dismissal of third party indemnification and contribution claims against a real estate attorney in Kings County. Read more »
December 21, 2012: FKB's Anthony Venditto obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an emergency room physician at the end of a three-week wrongful death jury trial in Bronx County Supreme Court before Justice Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes. Read more »
November 2012: FKB Client Advisories - How Not to Get Lost In the Singletree Forest: Avoiding Expert Preclusion Under CPLR 3101(d)(1)(i) Read more »
November 13, 2012: FKB's A. Michael Furman, Andrew S. Kowlowitz, and Joshua B. Abrams win an appeal in the Appellate Division, First Department, affirming the summary judgment dismissal of a legal malpractice action against a family law practitioner. Read more »
November 13, 2012: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Alex T. Paradiso win appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously affirming the District Court's dismissal of a legal malpractice action against a high profile criminal defense attorney. Read more »
October 5, 2012: FKB's A. Michael Furman and Joshua Sandberg obtain a defense verdict after a two month trial in Orange County in a legal malpractice action against a prominent plaintiff's personal injury law firm. Read more »
July 31, 2012: Neil Kornfeld lectured to 2nd year medical students on issues related to medical malpractice, informed consent, tort reform and strategies to avoid lawsuits.
July 27, 2012: Neil Kornfeld and Dara Endres obtained a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Greene County before Judge Richard Platkin. The trial involved allegations that the defendant doctor negligently performed a plantar fascia release resulting in the development of a flat foot and the need for reconstructive foot surgery to restore the plaintiff’s arch. The plaintiff underwent additional surgeries and her current treating orthopedist testified that she will most likely require additional surgery. Plaintiff also alleged lack of informed consent.
May 3, 2012: Neil Kornfeld and Jennie Lundman obtained a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Rockland County before Judge Margaret Garvey. The trial involved allegations that the defendant doctor negligently administered an injection that resulted in a MRSA infection that required approximately 11 surgeries. Plaintiff also claimed that the defendant doctor failed to diagnose the infection.
April 24, 2012: Neil Kornfeld lectured to 4th year medical students on issues related to medical malpractice and lack of informed consent at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
April 24, 2012: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz was a guest lecturer at New York Law School. The lecture was presented to second and third year law students, and covered topics involving legal ethics, legal malpractice concepts and trends.
April 17, 2012: Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Evan W. Bolla win appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department affirming the dismissal of claim for legal malpractice against a Virginia-based law firm. Read more »
April 03, 2012: A. Michael Furman and Izabell Lemkhen win an appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department affirming the dismissal of a claim for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against a Brooklyn lawyer. Read more »
March 20, 2012: FKB's A. Michael Furman and Bain R. Loucks win an appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department dismissing Co-Defendant-Attorney's cross-claims for contribution and indemnification. Read more »
March 7, 2012: FKB recognizes the importance of mentoring our city's youth and participates in the annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. Read more »
FKB contributes four articles that were published in the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Editions of a prominent Insurance Carrier's Risk Management series "Helping Consultants In Statistical, Mathematical, Data Mining, Data Analytics, And Business Intelligence Fields Build And Maintain A Successful Consulting Practice." Read more »
FKB raised over $35,000 in charitable donations for "Cycle for Survival," a nationwide cancer research fundraiser for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that was held on Saturday, February 11, 2012.
FKB is a proud sponsor of "Cycle for Survival," a nationwide cancer research fundraiser for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012.
January 19, 2012: FKB's Joshua Sandberg wins a pre-answer motion to dismiss a legal malpractice claim arising from an underlying podiatric malpractice action. Read more »
January 17, 2012: FKB's Andrew S. Kowlowitz and Eric D. Mercurio win appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department, unanimously reversing the lower court's denial of a motion to dismiss a legal malpractice action against FKB's client. Read more »
December 1, 2011: Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP's Joshua Sandberg wins motion dismissing counterclaims for breach of contract, refund of overcharges for attorney's fees, and violation of Judiciary Law §487. Read more »
November 6, 2011: Congratulations to FKB's Younie Choi, Kathryn Collins and Alec Bromka, who participated in and completed the ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011. Special congratulations to Alec Bromka, who completed the Marathon (his first) in a remarkable 2:55 hours. We are all very proud of Younie, Kathryn and Alec for their achievements.
November 3, 2011: FKB's Neil Kornfeld was a featured speaker to medical residents and lectured on risk management. The lecture was given to residents at the Harbor Healthcare Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York City.
July 27, 2011: FKB's Mike Furman and Evon Idahosa obtain unanimous defense verdict in a legal malpractice action filed in Kings County Supreme Court against an NYC personal injury law firm. Read more »
July 26, 2011: FKB's Neil Kornfeld was a featured speaker to medical students and lectured on medical ethics and the art of doctoring. The lecture was given to students at The New York College of Podiatric Medicine and focused on ethical issues confronting doctors.