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Sam Vulcano, Dan Cavarello, Paul Mullin, Mike Riehler, Brian Sutter, Jenna Klucsik, Steve Davoli, and Sam Elbadawi have been named to the 2018 New York Super Lawyers list in their respective practice areas. Danielle Fogel and Brenna Gubala were both 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 Hono...


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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!
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.
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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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.
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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Kevin R. Van Duser presented at the New York State Bar Association’s CLE seminar entitled Labor Law Claims, Coverage & Litigation. The topics presented on included: Additional Insured Endorsements & Coverage; Priority of Insurance in New York; Contractual Indemnification; Insurance Coverage for Contractual Indemnification Obligations; and, Pursuing 1B Coverage.
Kevin Van Duser recently attended the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) annual Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, a three day conference held in New York City attended by lawyers from around the country. Throughout the conference, Mr. Van Duser participated in discussions on many insurance coverage topics including: Top 10 Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2016; An Insurer’s Duty to Settle; First Party Bad Faith; Insurance Coverage for Municipalities; Liability Insurance; Duty to Defend; Primary Versus Excess Disputes; and, International Claims.
Steve Pesarchick attended the DRI (Defense Research Institute) National Fire Science and Litigation Seminar in Arizona on November 17th and 18th.  Steve presented to attendees a step by step approach to identify issues when faced with asbestos, the handling of these types of fire scenes, and what to consider when attempting to preserve the evidence. 
The Sugarman Law Firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Managing Partner, Sam Vulcano is also listed as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law...


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Paul Mullin lectured at DRI’s 2016 Annual Meeting in October 2016. Paul presented to governmental liability lawyers and litigation professionals on "Municipal Lawyer’s Perspective on the Use of Force". The topic addressed handling use of force cases and the perspective of balancing the interests of the client and his/her exposure in light of recent case law and events in our communities.  The DRI Annual Meeting provides civil litigators and professionals an opportunity to  network with leaders of industry and connect with substantive law committees in par...


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Daniel Cavarello and Paul Mullin attended a major municipal insurer’s 'Annual Meeting of Attorneys' to discuss trends in defending villages, cities and counties.  Attorneys from across the country met to discuss legal developments and strategies in the successful defense of municipalities.  Daniel presented to the group on issues related to employment liability, while Paul’s team won the annual golf shootout.
Sam Vulcano, Managing Partner of Sugarman Law Firm, LLP, has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers. Mr. Vulcano earned the 2016 Syracuse Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year award based on his representation and defense of design professionals. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each city is honored with this distinction. He received high ratings from his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.  Sam previously held this honor in 2014.  
Partner, Steve Pesarchick attended a Defense Research Institute (DRI) Transportation Leadership Group meeting in Chicago in June.  At the meeting the group determined the events, seminars and publications they will hold/publish over the next two years.    
Steve Pesarchick and Kathy Sassani attended the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) conference "Trucking Law - Trucking in 2016: The Future is Here" in Chicago in April.  Topics included common juror misconceptions about truck accidents, tips for seasoned veterans and those new to the industry and industry trends.  They also were able to experience a live tractor presentation demonstrating the most technological advances being used by drivers today.
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