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Michael Bersani

Michael Bersani

Michaels & Smolak
  • Construction Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice...
  • New York, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Civil litigator concentrating almost exclusively in personal injury litigation.

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.
Professional Experience
Michaels & Smolak
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
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
Member
Elite personal injury Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Current
President
Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, NY
- 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.
Member
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Current
President
YMCA of Auburn, NY
- Current
Activities: Has served on this Board since 1998, and is currently its president.
Board Member and Secretary
Farmworkers' Legal Services of NY
- 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.
Member
Ontario County Bar Association
- Current
Member
Onondaga County Bar Association
- Current
Member
Cayuga County Bar Association
- Current
Member
American Institute for Justice
- Current
Member
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
Member
New York State Bar # 2578953
- Current
Chair
Human Rights Commission of Geneva, NY
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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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Pennsylvania
2nd Circuit
Federal Circuit
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    generally 1/3 contingency fee
Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Michael Bersani's Website Profile
Website
Michaels & Smolak Website
Blog
Central New York Injury Lawyer Blog
Contact & Map
17 E Genesee St
#401
Auburn, NY 13021
USA
Toll-Free: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Liverpool, NY
245 Commerce Blvd
Liverpool, NY 13088
USA
Toll-Free: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Syracuse, NY (by appointment only)
224 Harrison St
#308
Syracuse, NY 13202
USA
Toll-Free: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970
Geneva, NY (by appointment only)
20 Maxwell Ave
Geneva, NY 14456
USA
Telephone: (315) 253-3293
Fax: (315) 252-6970