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Partner Kevin R. Van Duser is a recipient of the 2016 America’s Most Honored Professionals Award. This is awarded by the American Registry for continuous professional recognition by trade groups, peers, and clients, an accomplishment realized by the top 1% of American Professionals.
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.
Associate, Brittany Murgallis recently participated in the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy.  The five day trial technique program took place at Cornell Law School and was designed to teach, advance and improve the courtroom skills of young and new lawyers with an emphasis on direct participation.  Brittany attended lectures on all aspects of the trial process from jury selection to closing arguments.  Break-out groups allowed attendees to put the theory of a lecture to practice with feedback from academy faculty.  
Partner Kevin Van Duser receives AV Preeminent Judicial Award from Martindale-Hubbell: According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent Judicial Award is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the Judiciary, and is a testament to the fact that judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.   Further, being awarded the AV Preeminent rating from both Peers and the Judiciary is the “highest possible distinction as an attorney”.
Jenna Klucsik was a speaker at National Business Institute's March 3rd seminar "Legal Issues Involving Local Governments".  Jenna spoke on the topic of "Local Government and the Law".
Michael Riehler and Paul Mullin recently attended the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference.  NRRDA is an independent, non–profit, networking association of legal and claims professionals in the retail and restaurant industries. The Annual Conference dealt with development of strategies to reduce the number and severity of claims, manage common risks, and enhance defense position in litigated matters.  Mike and Paul had the opportunity meet with their retail and restaurant clients and participate in the conference addressing issues im...


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The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to welcome Bradley Morien to the firm.  Mr. Morien joins the firm as an associate in the Syracuse office in the Business/Corporate and Real Estate departments.  Bradley is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law.  Prior to joining the firm he operated a general practice law firm as a sole practitioner and of counsel.  Click here to view Bradley's complete bio.
Paul V. Mullin just returned from the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Governmental Liability Seminar in Austin, Texas. The conference drew hundreds of lawyers, government officials, and insurance professionals together to discuss current trends in governmental liability issues. The topics covered issues for local school districts, small towns, large cities, counties, states and the federal government. The conference had record attendance from various sectors of professionals who deal matters of concern to government liability. Topics included school district exposure concerns, community...


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Sugarman at SCRABBLE Mania
Members of the firm participated in LiteracyCNY's 6th annual SCRABBLE Mania Tournament on January 29, 2016, at The Oncenter.  At the SCRABBLE Mania Tournament teams of 8-10 players compete against each other to build the highest possible scoring SCRABBLE board in 20-minute rounds of play.  Sugarman finished 14th out of 42 teams.  
The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to welcome Christopher Lattuca to the firm.  Mr. Lattuca joins the firm as an associate in the Syracuse office.  Chris is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and has past work experience dealing with medical malpractice matters.  Click here to view Chris's complete bio.
Members of the Firm's Design Professional Defense department hosted a breakfast for local design professionals to present an AIA Continuing Education accredited seminar "Conflict Resolution - Winning the Conflict".  Contract clauses were also discussed.
Paul Mullin presented at National Business Institute's December 11, 2015 seminar "Auto Injury Litigation from State to Finish" on the issue of Bad Faith as it relates to auto cases and personal injury claims, as well as how it impacts settlements.  The seminar was open to attorneys and insurance professionals.
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 Fundamental Concepts, Emerging Issues, and Trends in the Duty to Defend; Discovery in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation; Coverage Issues Arising from Cyber Security Breaches; Coverage Issues Arising from Emerging Technologies; Best Practices in Presenting a Claims Ha...


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Partner, Sam Vulcano, spoke with members of the Central Region American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) on Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation.  Sam has over thirty years of experience in handling matters relating to design professionals.
The Sugarman Law Firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2016 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. Firms included in the 2016 “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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