Michaels & Smolak, P.C.

We are dedicated almost exclusively to personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases in all of Upstate New York, with most of our cases being in Central New York, the Finger Lakes Region and Western New York. We also accept general civil litigation cases, and we do take some select cases from all areas of New York State.

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We are pleased to announce that all four of M&S’s lawyers have once again been ranked in the publication The Best Lawyers in America©  (2022 edition). Dave Kalabanka was listed for representing plaintiffs in personal injury and products liability litigation,
Continue Reading MICHAELS & SMOLAK ONCE AGAIN AMONG THE HIGHEST RANKED PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRMS IN THE SYRACUSE NY METROPOLITIAN AREA WITH ALL ITS LAWYERS LISTED IN  BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA© 2022


Hello there blog readers!  This is Dave Kalabanka, Mike Bersani’s partner. I’ve hijacked his blog for today to interview Mike about another important award he just got: Mike has been selected the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Syracuse metropolitan
Continue Reading M&S Attorney Mike Bersani Named “Lawyer of the Year” for His Representation of Victims of Professional Malpractice in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area

You are walking along the shoulder of a road with no sidewalk.  You are facing traffic, as you are supposed to.  To your right, walking with you, is your husband.  Suddenly the car heading towards you veers off the road
Continue Reading New York’s High Court Gives Green Light to Grandparents’ Claim for Emotional Distress Compensation under New York’s “Zone of Danger” Rule.

Several years ago, Lee Michaels, our senior member, was asked and agreed to endow this significant scholarship and award at Syracuse University College of Law recognizing a second-year top trial or appellate advocacy student.  The primary goal in initiating this
Continue Reading Congratulations to This Year’s Winner of the Michaels Advocate Award and Scholarship: Marina De Rosa!


Ok, the headline of this blog was over the top.  Just trying to grab your attention!  If you have read this far, it worked!
But we really are damn good at what we do.  I don’t usually blog about our
Continue Reading Why Michaels & Smolak May Be the Greatest Personal Injury Law Firm that Has Ever Seen the Light of Day!