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Michael Bersani

Michael Bersani

Michaels & Smolak
  • Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury...
  • New York, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Civil litigator concentrating almost exclusively in personal injury litigation.

Practice Areas
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    generally 1/3 contingency fee
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Pennsylvania
2nd Circuit
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Current
Law Clerk
New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division Fourth Department
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Researched and wrote reports, with recommendations, for the appellate justices regarding the appeals to be decided
Education
Middlebury College
M.A. / Spanish
Syracuse University College of Law
J.D. (1993)
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Graduated in top 5% of class.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Justinian Society, Scribes Award for outstanding legal writing, Law Review
Activities: Associate Editor for Law Review.
Awards
Citizen of the Year
Geneva Area Chambre of Commerce
Was honored as Citizen of the Year in the City of Geneva, New York (place of residence) for years of service on several not-for-profit boards and for providing regular free legal assistance in Spanish to Hispanic farm workers and for volunteer work with the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.
Received an “AV” rating
Martindale–Hubbell Law Directory
Super Lawyer
Law & Politics Magazine
The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Professional Associations
Elite personal injury Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Member
Current
Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, NY
President
- Current
Activities: Has served on this Board since 2006, has served as vice-president and president, and as a regular volunteer to take the children skating, swimming, and to other after school activities.
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
Member
- Current
YMCA of Auburn, NY
President
- Current
Activities: Has served on this Board since 1998, and is currently its president.
Farmworkers' Legal Services of NY
Board Member and Secretary
- Current
Activities: Has served on the board of this not-for-profit since 1998 -- provides free legal services to disadvantaged farm workers, who are mostly Hispanic immigrants.
Ontario County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Onondaga County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Cayuga County Bar Association
Member
- Current
American Institute for Justice
Member
- Current
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
New York State Bar # 2578953
Member
- Current
Human Rights Commission of Geneva, NY
Chair
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Activities: Served on this Commission for 3 years and as its Chair for 2 years - the Commission provides free legal help to victims of discrimination, and provides education about discrimination, in Geneva, New York.
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Contact & Map
Michaels & Smolak
Auburn Office
17 E Genesee St
#401
Auburn, NY 13021
USA
Telephone: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Michaels & Smolak
Liverpool Office
245 Commerce Blvd
Liverpool, NY 13088
USA
Telephone: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Michaels & Smolak
Syracuse Office - By appointment only
224 Harrison St
#308
Syracuse, NY 13202
USA
Telephone: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Michaels & Smolak
Geneva Office - By appointment only
20 Maxwell Ave
Geneva, NY 14456
USA
Telephone: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970