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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At Michaels & Smolak, we all wear our seatbelts, everywhere, every time we are in a car, whether we ride in the back or the front. Hey, as Syracuse car accident lawyers, what would you expect?  We’ve handled many cases where we believe even backseat belts have saved lives or reduced injuries.   We’ve also represented families of several unrestrained backseat passengers who were killed or seriously injury and who we believe would have survived or…
As a finger lakes boat accident lawyer and boating enthusiast, I try to keep up on boating law developments.  Well, there’s a big development coming down the pipes:  A bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk that will require all owners and operators of motorized boats (including jet skis) to take a NY State certified boating safety course. The current law says that only those born after May 1, 1996 have to take the…
As a finger lakes boat accident lawyer and boating enthusiast, I try to keep up on boating law developments.  Well, there’s a big development coming down the pipes:  A bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk that will require all owners and operators of motorized boats (including jet skis) to take a NY State certified boating safety course. The current law says that only those born after May 1, 1996 have to take the…
Becky Kinney                                                           Michel Tortorello This Syracuse/Auburn NY injury lawyer is proud of his staff!  Before I tell you why, let me give you a little background. First, working in a New York personal injury firm, whether in the Syracuse area or elsewhere, is stressful.  Litigation can be…
Becky Kinney                                                           Michel Tortorello This Syracuse/Auburn NY injury lawyer is proud of his staff!  Before I tell you why, let me give you a little background. First, working in a New York personal injury firm, whether in the Syracuse area or elsewhere, is stressful.  Litigation can be…
I get calls and emails all the time from people seeking a New York personal injury lawyer.  One of the first questions I ask them is, “have you talked to any other lawyers”?  Often the answer is yes.  That’s a bad sign.  I am usually going to turn that case down. If other New York personal injury lawyers have rejected the case, chances are there were good reasons. So my next question is:  “Why did…
Not trying to brag or boast or “holier-than-Thou” anyone, but I just need to say how proud I am to be part of a personal injury law firm that doesn’t see money as the be-all-and-end-all of the practice of law.  And yes, there are plenty of personal injury firms that do.  Not us.  Not Michaels & Smolak.  We are damn good at what we do, second to none, in the personal injury litigation field.  Our…
This is an update on the crazy serial hit-and-run dude I talked about in two past blog posts.  Anyone interested in following the story (and believe me, it’s worth it!) who has not read those two prior posts should read them now by clicking here and here. Long story short, a NASCAR-loving nut job had a nasty habit of plowing into other vehicles, always from behind, and always as the victim was moving forward. …
This is an update on the crazy serial hit-and-run dude I talked about in two past blog posts.  Anyone interested in following the story (and believe me, it’s worth it!) who has not read those two prior posts should read them now by clicking here and here. Long story short, a NASCAR-loving nut job had a nasty habit of plowing into other vehicles, always from behind, and always as the victim was moving forward. …
Me finishing up a triathlon race a few years ago Hello fellow cyclists.  Hope you have been as lucky as I have been and have found time dust off that winter-stored bike for your first ride of the season.  Actually, I have already been out three times and logged over 150 miles.  The wind has been a bit stiff – sometimes more than 20 miles per hour – which sure makes it tough going out…