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Kevin Van Duser recently attended a Defense Research Institute (DRI) conference in New York City, a three day event where he participated in discussions on a variety of insurance coverage topics including, among others, Recent Developments in Professional Liability Coverage; Winning Strategies for Presenting the Insurance Carrier to Judges and Juries; Emerging Issues in Risk Shifting, Contractual Liability, and Additional Insured Coverage; and, Bad Faith Claims.
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The Sugarman Law Firm was proud to host a wish announcement party for Caden at it's newly expanded Auburn offices.  Caden found out that he will have the chance to see his favorite animal, the cheetah, while on safari in Africa.  Caden's wish is being granted with funds raised and/or donated by the Sugarman Law Firm through the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York's Adopt-a-Wish Program.
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Kevin Van Duser, assisted by Shelby Redmond, represented a mother in a custody dispute where each side was seeking physical custody of their young daughter. After a two day trial, and post-trial briefs, the court found in favor of Sugarman’s client and awarded physical custody of the child to the mother, as well as final decision making on the issues of medical and education for the child, two highly contested issues at trial.
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Kevin Van Duser, assisted by Stephen Davoli and Heather Berry, represented a Financial Advisor being sued for an alleged breach of contract relating to the sale of a Financial Advisor Practice with a book of business value estimated in excess $50,000,000. It was alleged that the Sugarman client owed the seller $497,000 plus interest. A Counterclaim was served on behalf of the client alleging that that the seller violated the covenant not to compete contained in the contract for the purchase of the business. After a 6 day non-jury trial, the judge found in favor of Sugarman’s client, d...


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Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel had the pleasure of speaking the the newly admitted students at Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL).  Danielle shared her career path and talked about the SUCOL community and the opportunities it holds for the students. 
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Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel recently attended the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar in San Francisco. The seminar brought together experts from across to discuss topics like, Settlements and Awards for Medical Damages Under the Affordable Care Act; Current Trends in Malpractice Industry and Effect of Affordable Care Act; Defending the Pharmacy Case; Fundamentals and Emerging Trends and Defense of Health Care Providers in Administrative Actions.
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Paul V. Mullin recently attended the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Civil Rights and Governmental and Tort Liability seminar. The seminar brought together experts from across the country who are governmental attorneys, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and risk management personnel. Timely topics covered included loss control of high profile cases, defending wrongful conviction lawsuits, and addressing challenging issues in civil rights matters. The conference provided an opportunity to municipal lawyers to confer and prepare for the many municipal litigation issues that are d...


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Partner, Michael Riehler has become a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA). NRRDA is an independent, non–profit, networking association of legal and claims professionals in the retail and restaurant industries. Membership in NRRDA places you at the forefront of the development of strategies to reduce the number and severity of claims, manage common risks, and enhance our defense position in litigated matters.
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Michael Riehler and Paul Mullin recently attended the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Meeting in Austin Texas. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the leading restaurants and retailers from across the country to meet with risk managers, third party administrators and defense attorneys all experienced in the common goal of defending restaurants and retail businesses in today's litigation. The conference included experts in claim investigations, alternative dispute resolution, trial issues, and handling claims in the digital world we now live.&nbs...


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The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to announce that Jenna Klucsik has joined the partnership. Jenna W. Klucsik, Esq., leads our motions and appeals practice group, and she has extensive experience handling motions and appeals before state and federal courts in New York. She also handles employment and labor law matters.    
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Partner, Danielle Fogel was named an Onondaga County Bar Association Director for the 2015-2017 term.  The Onondaga County Bar Association strives to "...inspire excellence in the legal profession, to foster the fair administration of justice, to promote access to the legal system, and to serve and support [their] members".
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The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to welcome Brenna C. Drury to the firm.  Ms. Drury is an associate in the Buffalo office and will be working on insurance defense related matters.  She is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts and is a graduate of the New York Law School.  Click here to see Brenna's complete bio.
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Partner, Paul Mullin has become a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA). NRRDA is an independent, non–profit, networking association of legal and claims professionals in the retail and restaurant industries. Membership in NRRDA places you at the forefront of the development of strategies to reduce the number and severity of claims, manage common risks, and enhance our defense position in litigated matters. Paul is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute and has been named a 2014 “Super Lawyer”.
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Paul Mullin presented for the National Law Institute on "Legal Issues Involving Local Governments", "Local Government and  The Law" and "Police Liability Claims " to an audience of municipal law attorneys on  December 8, 2014 
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Partner, Kevin Van Duser attended the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Coverage Symposium in Chicago in 2014, a 3 day event with discussions on insurance coverage topics including Minimizing Bad Faith Claims Exposure; Drafting a Reservation of Rights Letter; Recent Developments in the Duty to Defend; ISO’s Revisions to its Commercial General Liability Coverage Forms; Sharing the Defense; and, Use of Expert Witnesses in Litigation Involving Property Damage Claims.
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