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Jan Smolak

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17 E Genesee St #401
Auburn, New York 13021

Jan Smolak is a native of Auburn and a 1979 graduate of Auburn High School. He graduated from the University of Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, in 1983 and the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1986 where he was a recipient of the Robert J. Connolly Award for excellence in trial practice. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Georgia (1987). He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District (1987).

He has lectured and written on the subject of personal injury law for numerous CLE seminars including, A Primer on Automobile Litigation and Insurance Coverage Issues (Fall 2000); Building Your Civil Trial Skills (February 2007); Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case (October 2007).

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association; American Association of Justice; New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates (2000–2005).

SL Jan has consistently been selected as Super lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine since the magazine’s inception. 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.

Million Dollar Jan is a member of the elite personal injury Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi–million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

BLA Jan is also listed in “Best Lawyers in America”. Best Lawyers chooses their entries solely based on what lawyers say about other lawyers. A lawyer can't buy his or her way into Best Lawyers. They can only work their way into it by winning an outstanding reputation among other lawyers and judges who witness the lawyer's skill and dedication in Court.

Jan has served on the Board of Directors for the ACC/CCC Alumni Association (1988–1992); Big Brother/Big Sisters of Cayuga County (1994–1996); Board of Directors for the Cayuga County Boy Scout Council (1996–2005; Eagle Scout, 1978; Silver Beaver, 2006); Scoutmaster of Troop 1, Auburn (2005–2007); Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Owasco (2000–2004); and Board of Directors for the Merry–Go–Round Playhouse Theater (2004–present; 2nd V.P. 2007–2008; 1st V.P. 2013 to present). Jan enjoys traveling, golf, boating and cooking.

Client Reviews
He is one of the top lawyers in central New York & has the accolades to show for this, but in my book he's the top lawyer in the country. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Bersani & to have had him on my team! Matthew
I admire the amount of background work he did which was instrumental in getting me a very good settlement. Also, having never been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, Michael was very patient explaining the legal issues. You're in good hands with Michael Bersani and the firm of Michaels & Smolak. Richard
Dave took over my wrongful death case after it was badly messed up by another lawyer. He was dogged in his pursuit of all the information needed to make a solid case, and he succeeded in bringing it to a very satisfactory settlement. He was honest and straightforward, kind and compassionate through meetings, depositions, court appearances. I highly recommend him. Christine
Dave has handled our legal matters for over 20 years. Always there when we needed him. We were so happy with his professionalism and results that we referred him to several friends. If we ever need this type of service again, Dave will be the first and only call we make. Jackie