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In Escobar v Mazie, David Mazie and his law firm sought to represent themselves as defendants in a malpractice case. However, the trial court ruled that, with the exception of an attorney in the firm who certified that he was not involved in the underlying action giving rise to the alleged malpractice, the firm and its attorneys were disqualified.  The Appellate Division reversed in a published opinion filed August 8, without prejudice to plaintiff’s renewed motion to disqualify as trial counsel any firm attorneys other than Mazie (“who may appear on his own behalf”) who are established to be likely “necessary” witnesses.

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