Who We Represent

Our attorneys have the range of expertise and depth of experience necessary to navigate the critical legal issues commonly faced by individuals and their families, professionals, business owners, property owners, insurers, and public entities. The many services we provide our clients are listed below.

 

The Sugarman plan is straightforward and effective. We listen and discuss to be sure we fully understand your particular situation.  We identify available options to help you determine which will provide the most cost-effective resolution.  We implement and communicate to put the your plan into action and keep you informed.

 

Contact us today and we will start working toward a resolution of your issues.

Sugarman Practice Updates

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For Business Owners

Acquisition, Merger, and Sale

Our attorneys have a broad range of legal experience in the financial, tax, labor and real estate issues associated with business merger, acquisition and sale transactions. We also assist with succession and estate planning matters for owners of closely held business entities.

Arbitration

Disputes related to real property are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation may be necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.

Business Governance and Growth

Sugarman Law Firm provides legal services for businesses in New York State including ongoing operational matters, employment contract creation and compliance, board composition, director/officer duties and standards for legal compliance, proprietary rights including trademark and copyright protection, sales and vendor contracts, franchise and licensing agreements and business/owner tax planning and compliance.

Business Succession Planning

Establishing a business succession plan has a wide variety of benefits to both your company and customers. These plans seek to identify and develop employees from within the company to be able to step into a leadership role at a predetermined time.

Commercial Real Estate

Our Commercial real estate group provides an array of services including, Real Property Tax Grievance and Certiorari Matters, Representation of Commercial Buyers, Representation of Commercial Sellers, Representation of Individual Buyers (Residential Property), Representation of Mortgage Lenders, Zoning Matters, Litigation Related to Real Property, Mortgage Foreclosure Actions

Commerical Arbitration

Arbitration involves the conduct of a hearing before a neutral, agreed upon arbitrator. Although an arbitration hearing is typically less formal than an in-court trial, it results in a decision which is binding on the parties. Our experienced team of attorneys regularly represents clients in all phases of the mediation and arbitration processes.

Commerical Mediation

Mediation involves a non- binding negotiation session and discussion between the parties to a dispute moderated by a skilled, knowledgeable and neutral third person who serves as mediator. Our experienced team of attorneys regularly represents clients in all phases of the mediation and arbitration processes.

Labor and Employment Law

The employment attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm represent both small and large employers with a wide variety of employment related issues. We handle all types of employment litigation as well as employment negotiations. We assist employers in drafting, reviewing and implementing policies, handbooks, investigations, severance and non-compete agreements.

Mediation

In mediation, both parties work together with a neutral third party to reach an agreeable resolution. The attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm will use their wealth of knowledge and experience to guide your company through this process, select a qualified mediator, obtain an agreeable outcome, and hopefully allow you to maintain a continued business relationship.

For Professionals

ProfessionalsProfessionals

Professionals

Our professional liability attorneys have the specific knowledge and experience necessary to handle the issues design professionals, physicians and other professionals face. We understand your practice and can help you recognize and manage the risks it presents.
AccountantsAccountants

Accountants

Accountants provide a broader range of services than ever before. Our experience in the representation of accountants can help you manage and minimize risk and allow you to focus on your practice.
ArbitrationArbitration

Arbitration

Disputes related to services provided by professionals are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation may be necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.
Architects, Engineers & SurveyorsArchitects, Engineers & Surveyors

Architects, Engineers & Surveyors

Whether you're an architect, engineer or surveyor, you are involved both in the planning, design and administration of projects of many types, as well as the operation of your business. The Sugarman Law Firm has the industry-specific knowledge, experience and expertise you can trust to handle all your legal needs
AttorneysAttorneys

Attorneys

Because we're a full-service firm, the Sugarman Law Firm is in the unique position of being the lawyer's lawyer for many attorneys in the region
Elder Law/Medicaid PracticeElder Law/Medicaid Practice

Elder Law/Medicaid Practice

The Elder Law & Medicaid Practice Group counsels clients regarding the options available for long-term care and advocates on behalf of clients to make sure they receive the maximum benefits legally allowed by government entitlement programs such as Medicaid.
Estate AdministrationEstate Administration

Estate Administration

Upon the death of a client or the termination of a client's trust, our dedicated and experienced paralegals work under an attorney's supervision to prepare the legal documents necessary to settle the estate and carry out our client's wishes. The expertise of our staff allows us to charge a fair and reasonable fee to administer estates and trusts - no matter how complex they may be.
Estate LitigationEstate Litigation

Estate Litigation

In addition to many years experience with estate planning and estate administration, our group's attorneys have a well-deserved reputation in the community as experienced and excellent litigators in contested estate matters.
Health Care ProfessionalsHealth Care Professionals

Health Care Professionals

Sugarman Law Firm represents individual health care professionals, practice groups, business organizations, for profit and not-for-profit entities in a range of issues.
MediationMediation

Mediation

In many circumstances, mediation offers a way for parties to settle their disputes quickly, cost efficiently and without the hostility associated with litigation. The attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm recognize these benefits and are experienced in reaching agreements on a wide range of issues facing professionals.
Physicians, Nurses, and Health Care ProvidersPhysicians, Nurses, and Health Care Providers

Physicians, Nurses, and Health Care Providers

Most doctors will be sued at least once in their career. We regularly represent the Syracuse area's most prestigious and experienced physicians and medical groups and regularly retain skilled, experienced health care professionals to help us evaluate and defend all medical malpractice cases.
Real Estate Brokers/AgentsReal Estate Brokers/Agents

Real Estate Brokers/Agents

Every real estate professional needs an attorney he or she can rely on. Today's real estate professional faces a minefield of legal exposure. We provide the counsel you need to minimize risk and avoid the disruption of your business that comes with claims

For Individuals and Families

Arbitration

Family related disputes are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation litigation is sometimes necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.

Elder Law and Medicaid Practice

The Elder Law & Medicaid Practice Group counsels clients regarding the options available for long-term care and advocates on behalf of clients to make sure they receive the maximum benefits legally allowed by government entitlement programs such as Medicaid.

Estate Administration

Upon the death of a client or the termination of a client's trust, our dedicated and experienced paralegals work under an attorney's supervision to prepare the legal documents necessary to settle the estate and carry out our client's wishes. The expertise of our staff allows us to charge a fair and reasonable fee to administer estates and trusts - no matter how complex they may be.

Estate Litigation

In addition to many years experience with estate planning and estate administration, our group's attorneys have a well-deserved reputation in the community as experienced and excellent litigators in contested estate matters. This expertise makes us uniquely qualified to counsel clients regarding how to avoid litigation and to protect our clients' estate plans when they are the subject of legal proceedings.

Estate Planning

A primary focus of the Estate Planning Group is to help our clients achieve their estate planning goals and to prepare the legal documents required to implement our clients' objectives. We prepare wills, medical advance directives such as health care proxies and living wills, powers of attorney, shareholder agreements, prenuptial agreements, and both testamentary and living trusts.

Mediation

Lawsuits can be messy, hostile, costly and unpredictable. By submitting a dispute to the Court for resolution the parties are leaving the decision in the hands of a third-party. mediation can be a useful tool for settling a wide-range of disputes.

Personal Injury

If you or loved one has been injured our attorneys are ready to handle your personal injury, worker's compensation, or social security disability claim.

Real Estate

Having one of the experienced attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm involved in your real estate transaction from the beginning can help you avoid the headaches and negative financial consequences that can result from an ill-advised deal.

For Public Entities

Public EntitiesPublic Entities

Public Entities

Our attorneys are experienced with the unique legal issues which face municipalities and governmental agencies. We regularly represent Counties, Towns, Villages and Agencies facing a broad range of legal challenges and serve as the Town Attorney for the Town of Tonawanda.
AppealsAppeals

Appeals

When you litigate you may not get the outcome you believe you deserve. In most circumstances, our justice system allows dissatisfied parties to appeal a decision they believe was reached in error. However, appellate law is rooted in past decisions and not every case fits perfectly into a particular category.
ArbitrationArbitration

Arbitration

Disputes related to projects involving public entities such as Counties, Towns, Villages and School Districts are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation may be necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.
MediationMediation

Mediation

In many circumstances, a well planned mediation can allow the parties to resolve a dispute quickly, cost efficiently and without the hostility associated with litigation. The attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm recognize these benefits and are experienced in reaching agreements on a wide range of issues facing public entities.
Personal Injury ClaimsPersonal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Claims

Sugarman lawyers defend public entities in defective condition, hazardous sidewalk/road condition claims.
School ClaimsSchool Claims

School Claims

Sugarman lawyers defend public entities in negligent maintenance of school equipment, negligent supervision, and student on student incident claims.

For Property Owners

Property OwnersProperty Owners

Property Owners

Whether you are buying your first home or developing a multi-million dollar real estate project our attorneys can provide the legal representation you need. We represent real estate developers, buyers and sellers of homes, landlords and tenants in a variety of situations
ArbitrationArbitration

Arbitration

Disputes related to real property are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation may be necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.
MediationMediation

Mediation

Real Property related disputes are common. Neighbors, be they individuals or businesses, don’t always get along. Landlord-Tenant relationships are prone to disagreements. Disputes may be common but they need not all be destined for a court room.

For Insurers

InsurersInsurers

Insurers

For more than a century, Sugarman Law Firm has represented literally thousands of insureds and remains one of the oldest and largest insurance defense practices in Central New York.
Appeals & MotionsAppeals & Motions

Appeals & Motions

Sugarman Law Firm's trial and transactional practices are supported by the firm's Appellate Group. The Group's attorneys provide the skills, time and effort necessary to prepare and argue even the most complex legal issues with confidence at motion term and in the appellate courts.
Coverage MattersCoverage Matters

Coverage Matters

The lawyers at Sugarman advise insurers on bad faith claims, coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, errors and omissions claims, and subrogation claims.
General LiabilityGeneral Liability

General Liability

Each attorney in our insurance defense department is first and foremost a trial lawyer, has extensive experience and is well versed in all types of liability claims.
Insurance Appeals & MotionsInsurance Appeals & Motions

Insurance Appeals & Motions

Appellate practice in New York has been described as the most complex and demanding of any jurisdiction. Sugarman Law Firm's trial and transactional practices are supported by the firm's Appellate Group.
Insurance ArbitrationInsurance Arbitration

Insurance Arbitration

Insurance coverage related disputes are common. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation is sometimes necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.
Insurance Coverage Disputes & LitigationInsurance Coverage Disputes & Litigation

Insurance Coverage Disputes & Litigation

Insurance coverage disputes are a complex and specialized area of the law. It takes a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to successfully assess and explain coverage and litigate when necessary.
Insurance Defense ArbitrationInsurance Defense Arbitration

Insurance Defense Arbitration

Arbitration involves the conduct of a hearing before a neutral, agreed upon arbitrator. Although an arbitration hearing is typically less formal than an in-court trial, it results in a decision which is binding on the parties.
Insurance MediationInsurance Mediation

Insurance Mediation

The attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm have a breadth of knowledge and experience mediating insurance related disputes to help guide you through the process, select a qualified mediator, and obtain an agreeable outcome.
Motor Vehicle and Accident DefenseMotor Vehicle and Accident Defense

Motor Vehicle and Accident Defense

Our attorneys are experienced with all aspects of the defense of auto and trucking accident claims. We understand the importance of prompt accident investigation and retention of the right experts. We provide early and accurate evaluation, regular reporting, a sensible litigation plan and a constant focus on resolution. We regularly appear in the Courts of the various counties of the Capitol area, Central New York, Western New York, the North Country and the Southern Tier and know the nuances
Personal Injury DefensePersonal Injury Defense

Personal Injury Defense

We have a deep roster of attorneys experienced with all aspects of the defense of personal injury matters. Our lawyers regularly appear in the Courts of the various counties of the Capitol area, Central New York, Western New York, the North Country and the Southern Tier and know the nuances of the State's regions. We understand the importance of prompt investigation, early and accurate evaluation, regular reporting, a sensible litigation plan and a constant focus on resolution.
Premises Liability DefensePremises Liability Defense

Premises Liability Defense

Our attorneys have defended a wide variety of premises liability cases above and beyond the standard slip and fall. We focus on an early analysis of each case to determine the most effective strategy for defense, whether it be by dispositive motion, settlement or trial.
Professional Malpractice DefenseProfessional Malpractice Defense

Professional Malpractice Defense

We have extensive experience defending professional malpractice claims. Our attorneys have the specific knowledge and experience necessary to handle the issues professionals face. We understand your practice and can help you recognize and manage the risks it presents.
School Claims DefenseSchool Claims Defense

School Claims Defense

The lawyers at Sugarman defend school claims including negligent maintenance of school equipment, negligent supervision, and student on student Incidents.
Toxic Tort DefenseToxic Tort Defense

Toxic Tort Defense

Sugarman Law Firm has successfully defended a wide array of toxic tort claims involving lead-based paint, asbestos products, mold, and industrial chemicals and solvents, including benzene.
Traumatic Brian Injury DefenseTraumatic Brian Injury Defense

Traumatic Brian Injury Defense

The catastrophic consequences that often result from traumatic brain injuries create high exposure claims which require careful investigation, analysis and management. The experienced attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm know the importance of making an early and accurate evaluation, formulating and following a litigation plan and identifying the right experts for the case at hand. We focus on achieving the best resolution for the circumstances.
Wrongful Death Claims DefenseWrongful Death Claims Defense

Wrongful Death Claims Defense

The potential exposure that exists when an accident results in death requires careful investigation, analysis and risk management. The experienced attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm know the importance of making an early and accurate evaluation, formulating and following a litigation plan and identifying the right liability, medical and economic experts for the case at hand.