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Partner, Sam Elbadawi was recently selected by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the "10 Best Attorneys" in Central New York for "Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service". The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys chooses attorneys for this award that have "achieved unparalleled success but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client".
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Partner, Stephen G. Pesarchick has been named chair of the upcoming Defense Research Institute (DRI) national seminar “Outsmarting the Trucking Reptile at Trial.” The seminar is scheduled for May 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The workshop promises to provide advanced, comprehensive information on how to defeat plaintiff’s reptile theory in the trucking setting. The faculty is comprised of several well-known national trial attorneys as well as a jury consultant known for combating plaintiff’s reptile theory strategies. Steve is an active member of DRI’s Trucki...


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Partner Kevin Van Duser was selected as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for New York, 2016 and 2017, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA).  According to the AIOFLA, recognition as one of “New York’s 10 Best Attorneys” is given to lawyers who “have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field” and “have an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating”. 
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The Appellate Division Fourth Department affirmed dismissal of an action, Iannarilli v. Hornby Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., brought by the estate of a women who had claimed that the volunteers were negligent in their efforts to rescue the women when they had to extricate her from her bathroom where she was trapped. The Appellate Court affirmed the trial court findings that included there was no evidence of a special duty between the woman and the volunteer fire responders.  Paul Mullin represented the Hornby Volunteer Fire Department and the individual fire responders.
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The Court of Appeals on December 22, 2016 declared it established a new “fair balance" in reviewing motions by petitioners seeking to file late Notice of Claims against public entities. When a petitioner attempts to file a late Notice of Claim he/she must meet the requirements of the General Municipal Law which includes showing that there was a lack of prejudice to the public corporation if a late notice were allowed to be filed. The Appellate Divisions were split in their positions as to which party had the burden of proof to demonstrate that a late notice of claim substantially pre...


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Kevin R. Van Duser presented at the New York State Bar Association’s CLE seminar entitled Labor Law Claims, Coverage & Litigation. The topics presented on included: Additional Insured Endorsements & Coverage; Priority of Insurance in New York; Contractual Indemnification; Insurance Coverage for Contractual Indemnification Obligations; and, Pursuing 1B Coverage.
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Kevin Van Duser recently attended the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) annual Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, a three day conference held in New York City attended by lawyers from around the country. Throughout the conference, Mr. Van Duser participated in discussions on many insurance coverage topics including: Top 10 Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2016; An Insurer’s Duty to Settle; First Party Bad Faith; Insurance Coverage for Municipalities; Liability Insurance; Duty to Defend; Primary Versus Excess Disputes; and, International Claims.
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A motion was filed on behalf of a family medicine physician and his group seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint on the grounds that he complied with the standard of care in providing preoperative clearance to a patient undergoing surgery and that his care was not a cause of the patient’s death. Following arguments, the Judge concluded that we met our burden establishing that the care was appropriate and not the cause of death, and that the plaintiff failed to create an issue of fact as their expert affidavit was speculative without medical support. The complaint was dismiss...


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Steve Pesarchick attended the DRI (Defense Research Institute) National Fire Science and Litigation Seminar in Arizona on November 17th and 18th.  Steve presented to attendees a step by step approach to identify issues when faced with asbestos, the handling of these types of fire scenes, and what to consider when attempting to preserve the evidence. 
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The Sugarman Law Firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Managing Partner, Sam Vulcano is also listed as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law...


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Paul Mullin lectured at DRI’s 2016 Annual Meeting in October 2016. Paul presented to governmental liability lawyers and litigation professionals on "Municipal Lawyer’s Perspective on the Use of Force". The topic addressed handling use of force cases and the perspective of balancing the interests of the client and his/her exposure in light of recent case law and events in our communities.  The DRI Annual Meeting provides civil litigators and professionals an opportunity to  network with leaders of industry and connect with substantive law committees in par...


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Brittany Murgallis spoke to Syracuse University students participating in the Externship Program during their Externship Seminar class.  The purpose of the panel was to share experiences as new lawyers.  The 3 person panel discussed topics like studying for the bar, career path, work assignments, work/life balance and more.  They also shared tips for preparing for the end of school and the beginning of work.
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Brenna Gubala gave a presentation at the Buffalo Claims Association Education Day entitled "Municipal Liability Sidewalk and Premises Claims" on October 20th.
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The Sugarman Law Firm sponsored the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center Kick off for Kids Event at the SRC Arena on October 20th. 
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Partner Kevin R. Van Duser is the recipient of the 2017 AV Preeminent Rating.  According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent Rating is the “pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal resource, Martindale Hubbell”.  AV Preeminent is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve and is a "testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." The ratings are based upon performance in the areas of Legal Kno...


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