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Sabor Latino Radio Appearance
Rita Paniagua (right), the Executive Director of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, interviewed partner Kevin Van Duser and Maria Rivera on Saturday February 15th on POWER 620AM during the Spanish Action League's radio show "Sabor Latino". The show is held every Saturday from 5pm - 7pm at the Clear Channel Radio station in downtown Syracuse. During the interview, the three discussed (in both English and Spanish) the Sugarman Law Firm and its long history, the legal services offered by the firm, and Sugarman's outreach to the Latino Community in Central New York. Sugarman recently...

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AAA Arbitrator’s rule in favor of design professional, represented by Sam Vulcano, rejecting entirely School District’s allegations of malpractice and claims of damages in excess of one million dollars.
On February 7th, members of the firm participated in "Scrabble Mania" a tournament to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse.  All event proceeds will be used to provide literacy instruction to adults in the community.  
New York Labor Law prohibits terminated workers from receiving unemployment benefits if they are receiving severance pay that exceeds the state’s maximum weekly unemployment benefit. That benefit is currently $405.00. This applies even if the severance payment is a lump sum. The new rule effects only terminated workers that apply for unemployment benefits after January 1, 2014. Employers must be aware that there are loopholes to this provision and employers need to review any standard severance agreements in light of this new rule. 
Partner, Brian Sutter, is quoted in Business Insurance Magazine article entitled "Prosecution of Hollywood Architect Serves as Professional Liability Wake-up Call".
Paul V. Mullin spoke at the National Business Institute's Seminar, Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know in Syracuse New York on December 6, 2013. The Seminar was provided to attorneys from many Central New York Counties. Mullin lectured on Electronic Discovery Update, and Authentication, Exhibits and Courtroom Presentation.
On November 21, 2013, Mr. Elbadawi served as a faculty member and speaker on the subject of opening statements at a New York State Bar Association sponsored seminar held in Syracuse, New York entitled Basics of Civil Practice – The Trial
Partner, Paul Mullin, serves as local coordinator for production of non-profit theatrical event at the Basiclica of the Sacred Heart on November 15, 2013.  The event drew approximately 5000 people. 
Sugarman Law Firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. Firms included in the 2014 “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. Partners Sam Vulcano and Jim Stevens are also listed as “Best Lawyers” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law...

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Steve Pesarchick and Paul Mullin recently attended the DRI Annual Meeting in Chicago. They participated in committee meetings in Trucking, Products Liability, and Government and Civil Rights. The meeting gave them the opportunity to meet personally with clients and leaders in the insurance industry to discuss trends and needs to better respond to the litigation challenges that each face. The meeting also gave them the chance to meet with attorneys and experts across the country to discuss issues and strategies for success.
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. 
A great time was had by all at the Kick Off for Kids event, held by McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, last night a Fuccillo Nissan.  The event was a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Organization and a fall fundraiser.  Sugarman was the Presenting Sponsor of the event.  Steve Pesarchick, Paul and Patty Mullin and Bruce and Ianne Poushter attended.

By:  Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.


Bad contracting habits are like bad eating habits. You may get away with them for a while but eventually you’ll pay a price. Remember, when you agree to a contract you are creating the “law” that will govern any issues that arise on that project. A little extra thought and negotiation before you sign the contract can put you in a much stronger position if a dispute arises. Don’t put yourself in “Jeopardy” unnecessarily!

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Partner, Sam Vulcano, speaks on the topic of case investigation and evaluation at the Onondaga County Bar Association’s continuing legal education program “Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in the New York State Courts”. Sam has over 30 years of legal experience and specializes in the defense of design professionals.
Partner, Kevin Van Duser, spoke with individuals attending the New York State Bar Association’s program “Law School for Insurance Professionals” on several topics relating to coverage and the denial of coverage as well as the impact of the K2 Investment decision on claims handling. Kevin is the chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Department.
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