New York Insurance Defense Lawyers


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.

 

Effective, efficient and economically sound litigation management is only possible when claims professionals, defense counsel and insureds work together, communicate regularly, apply common sense, and make sound business decisions. Claims professionals, like attorneys, face constant deadlines and have to make timely well reasoned decisions on a daily basis. Joint decision making at every step of the litigation, thorough preparation, reporting and file documentation, and substantive timely case evaluations are the keys to successful verdicts, settlements and arbitration awards. The right result requires the right defense counsel.

 

Sugarman Law Firm's litigation group represents and regularly defends many:

 

  • Counties and related departments across New York

  • Towns and Villages

  • Fortune 500 clients including manufacturers and delivery companies

  • Professionals including accountants, attorneys, doctors, engineers, accountants and architects

  • Contractors and construction companies

  • Food service businesses including bars, taverns and restaurants

  • Trucking and hauling companies

  • Insurance carriers

  • Residential home owners, automobile owners, and small businesses

  • Colleges and universities

  • School districts

Service offerings include:


  • Agents and Brokers

  • Appeals

  • Arbitration

  • Bad Faith Claims

  • Commercial General Liability

  • Coverage Matters

  • Declaratory Actions

  • Disability Claims

  • Disciplinary Actions

  • Discrimination/Harassment Claims

  • Employment Law Claims

  • Environmental Claims

  • General Liability

  • Infancy Settlements

  • Insurance Coverage Disputes & Litigation

  • Labor Law

  • Mediation

  • Motions & Appeals

  • Motor Vehicle Accident Defense

  • Municipal Law

  • Personal Injury Claims

  • Pre-Claims

  • Premises Liability Cases

  • Product Liability Claims

  • Professional Liability Claims

  • Property Damage Claims

  • School Claims

  • Subrogation Claims

  • Toxic Torts

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Umbrella Coverage/Claims

  • Wrongful Death Claims

 

Legal Services for Insurance Companies

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 Matters

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

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 & 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 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 & 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Defense

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

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 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 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.