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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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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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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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Brian Sutter presented to members of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York at their webinar "Lessons Learned in Claims Caused by Subconsultants" on May 11, 2017.
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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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