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Stephen Davoli


 

Mr. Davoli brings a wealth of experience to the firm's litigation department after previously working at the Broome County Attorney's Office where he provided counsel in general liability and civil rights claims. At Sugarman, he concentrates on labor law litigation, covering motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction and asbestos, product liability, toxic tort and commercial litigation.

By: Stephen A. Davoli, Esq. Unlike most states, design professionals practicing in New York need to be cognizant of potential liability that can arise under the Labor Law when a worker is injured. Commonly referred to as the “scaffold law,” Labor Law § 240(1) makes contractors, owners, and their agents strictly liable for injuries sustained as a result of gravity related risks. Although the Courts have expanded its meaning over the years, this primarily relates to instances where a worker falls from a height, or some material, equipment, or other object falls from a height ...


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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!
Steve Davoli recently spoke to engineering firms in Syracuse and Binghamton on some of the contract clauses most relevant to their practices.  The presentation included real world case law demonstrating how a well/poorly written contract clause can effect the outcome of a legal proceeding. 
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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Eight of the firm’s partners were honored with the distinction of Top 100 by Super Lawyers: Daniel Cavarello - Government/Cities/Municipalities; Sam Elbadawi - Personal Injury Plaintiff: General; Bruce Poushter - Real Estate; Michael Riehler - Personal Injury Defense: General; Paul Mullin - Personal Injury - Products: Defense; Sam Vulcano - Professional Liability: Defense and Brian Sutter - Professional Liability: Defense Stephen Davoli, Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel and Jenna Klucsik were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Davoli in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Gener...


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Steve Davoli and Josh Gillette spoke at the Syracuse University College of Law to the Moot Court Honor Society on the topic of trial practice. 
The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to be an exhibitor at the 2013 AIANYS Convention in Syracuse.  If you are in town for the Convention please stop by to say hello!

Firm's lawyers are recognized by the legal community for their skill and expertise.

 


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By Stephen A. Davoli, Esq.

 

Sometimes the defense’s enthusiasm for winning dismissal of Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6) claims is so focused that a proper analysis of negligence is overlooked. This is a mistake because failing to properly address the negligence claim means the claim survives even when summary judgment was achievable. The most common mistake that results in this unfortunate outcome arises from the failure to address the most fundamental question at the earliest stage of defense. Did the plaintiff’s injuries arise from the manner in which the work was performed, or did it arise from a defective condition present at the worksite?


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Stephen A. Davoli, Esq. and Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel, Esq., were recently welcomed into the firm's partnership. Both Mr. Davoli and Ms. Fogel work in Sugarman's insurance defense department.


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