Tressler Win: New Jersey Malpractice Suit Over Missing Airplane Dismissed
Tressler attorneys, Timothy M. Jabbour and Lauren DiSarno of our New Jersey office, recently achieved a great result for our clients in a legal malpractice lawsuit involving a missing airplane. On May 2, 2022, a New Jersey state appeals court refused to revive a legal malpractice action against law firm Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC and a firm partner over their attempts to organize the deregistration of a $4.6 million jet on behalf of their client.
The two-judge panel found that the firm and the alleged owners of the airplane did not have an attorney-client relationship; therefore, the purported owners had no basis for a legal malpractice claim. Tressler attorneys Timothy M. Jabbour and Lauren DiSarno represented Curcio Mirzaian and the firm's founder, Aristotle G. Mirzaian, in both the underlying litigation and the appeal in New Jersey.
"Our clients are glad to have been fully vindicated in this matter. We are pleased with the Appellate Division's decision to uphold the trial court's dismissal of plaintiffs' claims,” said Timothy M. Jabbour. “Our attorneys are known for their handling of high-stakes professional liability matters and fiercely advocating for all of our insurance industry clients.”
In the recent opinion, the two-judge panel wrote, "These non-clients, while no doubt aggrieved regarding their missing airplane, are owed nothing from these defendants, and the trial court correctly disposed of this claim by entering judgment on behalf of the defendants.”
Law360 covered the matter in a recent article, “NJ Law Firm Beats Malpractice Suit Over Missing Plane.” Click here to view the full Law360 coverage by Nick Muscavage. The case is Jet Leasing Support Services USA, Inc. et al. v. Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC et al., case number A-2732-20, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
“This is a great win for our clients,” said Lauren DiSarno. “Tressler’s New Jersey office and our national Litigation and Insurance Practice Groups are proud to celebrate this success.”
About Our Attorneys
Timothy Jabbour is a member of Tressler's three-person Executive Committee and Managing Partner of our New Jersey office. His practice focuses on the representation of foreign and domestic insurers in both state and federal courts. Tim has more than 18 years of experience litigating defense matters and complex insurance coverage disputes in New Jersey and across the country. His extensive litigation experience includes handling complex coverage and defense matters across various lines including property/casualty, complex pollution/toxic tort, professional liability, products liability, employment practices liability, cyber/privacy liability, aviation and marine. Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren DiSarno is an attorney in Tressler's Litigation Practice. Her practice focuses on all aspects of insurance defense litigation. With 20 years of experience in personal injury claims, she has successfully defended lawsuits on behalf of insureds, including premises liability and automobile accidents. Her extensive litigation experience includes handling defense matters from commercial general liability, professional liability, products liability and employment practices liability. Lauren can be reached at email@example.com.
About Tressler LLP
Headquartered in Chicago, with eight offices located in five states, Tressler LLP is a national law firm comprised primarily of attorneys who devote their practice to the representation of the insurance industry in coverage analysis and resolution, litigation, underwriting consultation, product development, claims management and reinsurance.
In addition, Tressler has one of the most experienced and multi-faceted government law practices in Illinois, and has attorneys who represent clients in commercial litigation, defense litigation, corporate transactions, employment law and litigation, intellectual property and condominium and common interest community association law.
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