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Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel was defending a gynecologic oncologist in a medical malpractice action where the plaintiff claimed the physician was negligent in performing a laparoscopic hysterectomy and caused significant hemorrhage that resulted in numerous post-operative issues. The jury returned a unanimous verdict finding that the doctor was not negligent.
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The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Judicial Award is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the judiciary, and is a testament to the fact that judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
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Partner Paul V. Mullin has been appointed to be the Vice Chairperson of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Government Liability Seminar to be held in January of 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. The seminar draws hundreds of experts in governmental liability areas of civil rights, education, public employment, and prisoner rights.  Paul is also an active member in DRI’s Trucking Law and Product Liability Committees and has served in leadership, including the role of Membership Chairperson, for two years.  He has also lectured at DRI’s Annual Meeting on government...


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As a society, we want to encourage public service.  We want to encourage the best to devote a significant portion of their lives for the greater good, serving the public.  Unfortunately, that exposes the public servant to personal liability during that service, when they are required to make decisions as to how to act in their public service.  This challenge confronts public servants all too often when the official is doing what he or she was mandated to do.  The action often results in someone claiming their constitutional rights were violated. The public servant’s g...


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Partner, Stephen G. Pesarchick was invited to speak at the Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Trucking Seminar on the topic “Strategies for Resolving Serious Losses Within Days.”  The seminar took place from April 25, 2018 through April 27, 2018 at the Chicago Hilton.  It was attended by over 600 trucking attorneys and industry professionals.    Steve is an active member of DRI’s Trucking Law and Products Liability Committees.  He was the Publications Chair of DRI’s Trucking Law Committee from 2011 to 2016.  He is currently the Mem...


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F-M Legal Hornets prevail, win Regional and County 2018 Mock Trial Championship – on to Albany! Onondaga County Bar Association Bar Reporter April 2018, Volume 63, Number 4 The teenaged attorneys from Fayetteville-Manlius High School argued both sides of the fictitious disorderly conduct case, The People v. Carson Conners, April 21st at the 2018 Mock Trial Region 2 Championship and brought home the win. After four grueling rounds at the Southern Tier’s U.S. District Courthouse in Binghamton, the Legal Hornets appeared with the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton High School te...


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The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Judicial Award is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the judiciary, and is a testament to the fact that judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
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On March 21, 2018, Ms. Fogel spoke to the medical students about the Basics of Medical Malpractice and what to do when you are sued during their "March into Residency" lecture series.
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Partner Kevin R. Van Duser is a recipient of the 2017 America's Most Honored Professionals Award.  This is awarded by the American Registry for continuous professional recognition by trade groups, peers, and clients, and accomplishment realized by the top 1% of American Professionals.
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Partner Kevin R. Van Duser is the recipient of the 2018 AV Preeminent Rating.  According to 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 Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, Legal Experience, and General Ethical Standards.
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Partner Paul V. Mullin lectured on “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit,” in Syracuse, New York for the National Business Institute. The seminar, held in October of 2017, was directed to litigators, and offered legal direction on evidentiary issues specific to sources such as social media and video evidence. The seminar was attended by lawyers and industry professionals who are involved in litigation in the state and federal courts of New York.
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Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel was defending an ob/gyn physician in a medical malpractice action where plaintiff claimed two surgeries were unnecessary and resulted in serious infection that caused pain and disfigurement.  The jury returned a unanimous verdict finding that the doctor was not negligent.  
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Partner Paul V. Mullin lectured on “Police Liability Claims From Start To Finish,” in Syracuse, New York for the National Business Institute. The seminar, held in October of 2017, was directed to police, municipal lawyers, and industry professionals who are confronted with constitutional claims and litigation. The seminar provided guidance on not only how to avoid lawsuits, but what to do when confronted with a lawsuit.
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Sam Vulcano, Dan Cavarello, Paul Mullin, Mike Riehler, Brian Sutter, Robb Dwyer, Steve Davoli, and Sam Elbadawi named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list in their respective practice areas.  Danielle Fogel and Zachary Mattison named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.   Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.   Congratulations to our Super Lawyers!
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The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Judicial Award is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the judiciary, and is a testament to the fact that judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
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