Kevin Van Duser, Esq.

Partner, Syracuse

(315) 362.8939



  • Attorneys
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Environmental Claims
  • Financial Advisors
  • FINRA Matters 
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Labor Law
  • Motions & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Premises Liability Cases
  • Products Liability Claims
  • Professional Liability Claims
  • Securities Exchange Commission Matters
  • Securities' Brokers
  • Toxic Torts
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Wrongful Death Claims

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Litigation and Trial Lawyer

Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Utica, and Binghamton, NY

Kevin R. Van Duser has been a partner at the Sugarman Law Firm since 2005 and is in his 20th year of practicing law. As a litigation and trial lawyer, he has a vast amount of courtroom experience and has successfully tried cases throughout New York State. His practice has focused on diverse and complex personal injury litigation including catastrophic injury cases.

Mr. Van Duser has also handled a significant number of insurance coverage and contract cases involving high value claims on behalf of insurers, individuals, estates, and businesses and is a member of the firm's Toxic Tort Department where he litigates claims involving exposure to lead-based paint, asbestos products, and industrial chemicals.

He is a regular speaker for the New York State Bar Association at Continuing Legal Education Seminars.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020 (Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation (Highest rating from peers)
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell in Insurance (Highest rating from peers)
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, Judicial Award (Highest rating from judges)
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, (Highest rating from peers)
  • Selected, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Selected, Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Attorneys in New York for Personal Injury Law

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice f/k/a Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York)
  • Board of Trustees for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York (2006-2011)
  • CNY Make-A-Wish Board’s Executive Committee and Governance Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association CLE - Auto & Truck Claims: Accidents & Litigation, Liability Issues
  • New York State Bar Association CLE - Labor Law Cliams, Coverage & Litigation
  • Additional Insured Endorsements & Coverage
  • Priority of Insurance in New York
  • Contractual Indemnification
  • Insurance Coverage for Contractual Indemnification Obligations
  • Pursuing 1B Coverage
  • New York State Bar Association CLE: Insurance Coverage Update 2015
  • Coverage Disputes and Litigation
  • Emerging Claims, Handling the Claim and Litigating the Lawsuits
  • Claims Involving Ebola; Superstorm Sandy; Cyber Crimes; and, Ride Sharing
  • Business Interruption Coverage
  • Exclusions that May Bar Coverage
  • Creativity to Find More Coverage
  • Will the Traditional Insurance Policy Respond to Any of These Claims?
  • Discovery and Recent Decisions
  • New York State Bar Association CLE: Law School for Insurance Professionals
  • Back to the Basics and Beyond
  • Crafting a Proper Disclaimer
  • The Right to Independent Counsel
  • Claw Back on Defense Costs
  • The Aftermath of the K2 Decision
  • New York State Bar Association CLE, Local Chairman: Advanced Insurance Coverage
  • Emerging Issues, Developments, and Strategy
  • New York State Bar Association CLE: Law School for Insurance Professionals
  • Tips for Writing a Great Coverage Position Letter and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
  • Partial Denials in New York
  • When is the Insured Entitled to Independent Counsel?
  • What are reasonable fees?
  • What Do You Need to Tell the Insured?
  • Update on Case Law Regarding Timeliness and Specificity
  • Does Insurance Law 3420 Apply Between Insurers?
  • The Impact of the K2 Investment Decision on Claims Handling


  • All New York State Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Bradley University, 1991
  • Bachelor of Science, International Business and Finance