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Michaels & Smolak, P.C. is a renowned civil-litigation law firm located in Auburn (Cayuga County) New York dedicated almost exclusively to personal injury , wrongful death , medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases. The Syracuse injury lawyers of Michaels & Smolak also accepts general civil litigation cases. The firm has a regional practice extending through Central and Western New York State. Michaels & Smolak has consistently received the highest ranking (AV) in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell directory. This “AV” rating means that judges and other lawyers have rated Michaels & Smolak, compared to other firms, very high to preeminent in legal ability, expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. In addition, all lawyers in our firm have been selected as “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Magazine. The Super Lawyer award is bestowed on a lawyer only after an extensive peer review and screening process. The title “Super Lawyer” is given only to those attorneys who are considered to be among the top 5% of all lawyers in the State of New York. Michaels & Smolak, P.C. has been listed in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Lawyers Best Law Firms" for plaintiffs' personal injury litigation since its inaugural edition in September 2010.

The firm traces its roots back to the early 1930's when Lee Michaels' father, George, began his practice of law in the northern part of this county, in the Village of Port Byron. George Michaels, who passed away in 1992, had a distinguished law career, interrupted only by his service with the United States Marine Corps during World War II and by his part-time service for nearly a decade in the New York Assembly. Lee joined his father in 1969.

The firm’s philosophy is simple but effective: Provide the very best and most compassionate legal representation to real people, one client at a time. Michaels & Smolak believes that the best "lawyer advertising" is a satisfied client.

Besides the high quality of its work, what sets Michaels & Smolak apart from other firms is its “team approach” to cases. The lawyers at Michaels & Smolak meet regularly to discuss every new case as well as those cases approaching settlement or trial. Together, all lawyers in the firm “brain-storm” all the firm’s cases, which in turn leads to creative, powerful case advancement.

Michaels & Smolak is the personal injury law firm of choice not only for many clients, but also for many lawyers and law firms. Other attorneys and law firms regularly send their clients to Michaels & Smolak for their injury cases. In fact, more than half of Michaels & Smolak’s cases are referred by lawyers in other firms. What do these lawyers know about Michaels & Smolak? They know from experience in referring other clients to Michaels & Smolak that the firm’s lawyers will provide their clients with personal service and the most effective representation available anywhere. Those clients also recommend Michaels & Smolak to their friends, relatives, and neighbors. These votes of confidence mean a lot to Michaels & Smolak. They are a testimony of its success and the trust the firm has built with the public and other lawyers.

The attorneys at Michaels & Smolak prepare each case as if they were going to try it, even though most cases do settle. Defense firms and insurance companies know Michaels & Smolak is prepared to try its cases, which makes them want to settle, and settle for more. Hard work, thorough preparation, fine-tuned trial skills, and years of experience, combine to enable the Michaels & Smolak team to provide the best representation possible for its clients.

The Syracuse injury lawyers of Michaels & Smolak’s success is based on its creative team approach to cases as well as its lawyers’ many years of trial and litigation experience, which have allowed them to fine-tune their litigation, trial and negotiation skills. Contact Michaels & Smolak to put them on your team. They will keep all information strictly confidential and there is NO CHARGE for a consultation. They take cases on contingency, which means you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless they win your case.

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Honors and Awards



-- Michaels & Smolak, P.C. has been listed in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Lawyers Best Law Firms" for plaintiffs' personal injury litigation since its inaugural edition in September 2010.

-- Michaels & Smolak has the highest ranking, “AV Preeminent”, in the Martindale-Hubbell directory.

-- All Michaels & Smolak members have consistently been selected as “Super lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine in the personal injury or medical malpractice field since the honor was first established.

-- All members of the firm are members of the elite personal injury “Million Dollar Advocates Forum”.

-- Lee Michaels, our most senior lawyer, has been listed as one of the Best Trial Lawyers in America since 1985.

-- Michaels & Smolak has been honored for more than a decade in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.



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