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If you have found this site, you are probably looking for a New York personal injury or malpractice lawyer. And if you are looking for a personal injury or malpractice attorney it's probably because you've been seriously hurt by the negligence of others.

To get fair compensation, you will likely have to battle a big insurance company or corporation. To make money, they will try to minimize your injuries or defeat your claim. That’s why you need us, because our job is to win your claim and get you full compensation for your injuries.

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.

You can see the results of some of our cases here.

Our firm is top rated. Read about our ratings here.

Our philosophy is simple but effective: Provide the very best and most compassionate legal representation to real people, one client at a time. We believe the best "lawyer advertising" is a satisfied client. More than half of our cases are referred by other lawyers in other firms. These lawyers know from their experience with us that we provide their clients with personal service and the most effective representation available anywhere.

Besides the high quality of our work, what sets us apart from other firms is our “team approach” to cases. The lawyers here meet regularly to discuss every new case as well as cases approaching settlement or trial. This “brain-storming” leads to creative and powerful case advancement.

We prepare each case as if we were going to try it, even though most cases do settle. Defense lawyers and insurance companies know we are prepared to try our 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 our team to provide the best representation possible for our clients.

We provide free consultations. If we accept your case, it will likely be on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we win or achieve a settlement for you. Call us to learn more.

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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