Matthew Flanagan is a 1989 graduate of Fordham University and received a Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992. He is a skilled litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience in the areas of legal malpractice defense, accounting malpractice defense, professional liability and general litigation.
He has successfully argued numerous appeals in the Appellate Divisions for the First, Second and Third Departments, and New York’s highest court: the Court of Appeals. He is a frequent lecturer regarding legal malpractice prevention and defense, and ethics and professional liability.
Mr. Flanagan has been named annually to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area since 2012, and has been awarded a rating of AV PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell. The Rating is the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, and was awarded following a Peer Review Rating Process, which included surveys of judges and other attorneys. He has also been named annually as one of the top professional liability and legal malpractice defense attorneys on Long Island by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, and has been given an AVVO rating of “Superb” (10.0 out of 10.0).
Mr. Flanagan is the Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, and has been appointed a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Law Practice Management and Insurance Committees. He is also a Board Member of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court; President of the Nassau Chapter of the St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association; and a long-standing member of the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Legal Malpractice Defense; Accounting Malpractice Defense; Professional Liability; General Liability Litigation
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1992; Fordham University, B.A., 1989
1993, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
American Bar Association (2007-Present); New York State Bar Association (1999-present); NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee (2011-present); Nassau County Bar Association (2000-present); Nassau County Bar Association, Ethics Committee (2011-present); St. John’s University Alumni Association, Nassau Chapter (2000-present); Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court (2011-present)
Speaker & Panelist, Risk Management 2015: Protect Your Practice, New York State Bar Association, Melville, New York, October 16,2015; Speaker, Legal Malpractice Update 2015: Insuring, Avoiding and Defending Yourself Against It, Nassau County Bar Association, October 6, 2015; Speaker, Legal Malpractice Seminar, New York State Bar Association, 2015; Panelist, Nuts and Bolts of Grievances, Nassau County Bar Association, 2015; Author, Follow the Money - Escrow Accounts: the Dangers of Excessive Delegation and Deference, NYSBA Journal, Vol. 87, No. 5, New York State Bar Association, 2015; Speaker, Risk Management 2014, New York State Bar Association, 2014; Chairman, Professional Liability and Grievances: Avoiding the Road from the Closing Table to the Grievance Committee, Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, 2014; Speaker, Legal Malpractice - Insuring, Avoiding and Defending Yourself Against It , Nassau County Bar Association, 2013; Speaker, Protecting Your Practice - Risk Management for Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, 2013; Speaker, New York State Bar Assoc. Seminar, Legal Malpractice 2013, March 8, 2013, Melville, New York; Lecturer, “The Ethics of Referrals,” St. John’s School of Law Alumni Assoc., Manhattan Chapter, Feb. 28, 2012; Chair, Legal Malpractice Presentation (“How to Commit Malpractice Without Even Trying: Spotting Trouble Before it Happens”), Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, October 19, 2011; Speaker, New York State Bar Association, Bridge the Gap, 2006; Nassau County Bar Association Bridge the Gap, “Everyday Ethics”, January 28, 2007; Speaker, Suffolk County Bar Association Academy of Law Malpractice Avoidance Series, Aug. 2, 2005