Current News


Smith Sovik Named Best Law Firm by US News - Best Lawyers
(November, 2016)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Earl K. Cantwell, III to its Buffalo Office
(October, 2016)

Jury Returns Verdict in Favor of Surgeon and Hospital
(October, 2016)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq. and Anthony R. Brighton, Esq. Successfully Secure Summary Judgment in Oneida County Dismissing Plaintiff's Slip and Fall Complaint
(October, 2016)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq., Successfully Represents Farmer Resulting in The Supreme Court Affirming the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' Decision to Grant Variance for Wind Turbine in the Town of Clarence, NY
(October, 2016)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq., Successfully Represents Landowner Resolving Alleged Violations and Securing Special Use Permit for Business in the Town of Lenox, NY
(September, 2016)

Otsego County Victory for Eric G. Johnson, Esq.
(September, 2016)

Smith Sovik Attorneys named to Super Lawyer List!
(August, 2016)

Defense Verdict for Brandon R. King, Esq., in Oneida County Medical Malpractice Case
(June, 2016)

Fourth Department Rejects Plaintiff's Negligent Handshake Claim and Dismisses Case
(May, 2016)

Karen G. Felter, Esq., Successfully Represents PMA in Breach of Contract Action and Secures Substantial Judgement Against Defendant
(April, 2016)

Jennifer D. Caggiano, Esq., Joins Smith Sovik as Associate Attorney
(February, 2016)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Two New Associates
(February, 2016)

John D. Goldman, Esq., Successfully Demonstrates that Plaintiff Does Not Meet Threshhold Because of Lack of Objective Medical Evidence of Injury
(February, 2016)

Eric S. Bernhardt, Esq., Secures Summary Judgment in Erie County Motor Vehicle Case Arguing No Proximate Cause
(January, 2016)

Eris S. Bernhardt, Esq., Successfully Secures Dismissal in Slip and Fall Case in Monroe County
(November, 2015)

Jury Rejects Plaintiffs' Claims in Food Poisoning Case
(October, 2015)

Hulslander, Johnson, Lantier, Ringwood and Williams Named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America List
(October, 2015)

Should You Apologize When You Have an Unexpected Patient Outcome?
(September, 2015)

Thirteen Smith Sovik Attorneys Recognized by Their Peers as Super Lawyers
(September, 2015)

Saint Lawrence County Supreme Court Dismisses Medical Malpractice Case on Summary Judgment
(August, 2015)

Karen J. Krogman Daum, Esq., secured dismissal of a slip and fall claim in Onondaga County
(August, 2015)

Michael Paul Ringwood, Esq., Presents Risk Management Seminar at Loretto Nursing Home.
(June, 2015)

Jury Returns Quick Defense Verdict in Oswego County
(May, 2015)

Slip and Fall Because of Snow/Ice on Sidewalk Dismissed in Broome County
(May, 2015)

Northern District of New York Dismisses Claims Against Local Attorney Stemming from his Represenation of School District
(April, 2015)

Orange County Supreme Court Dismisses Slip and Fall Case on Summary Judgment
(April, 2015)

Smith Sovik Welcomes John Coghlan, Esq., and John (Jack) J. Phelan, Esq., as Associates
(January, 2015)

James D. Lantier Obtained Jury Verdict in Favor of Local Certified Nurse Midwife in Oswego County
(January, 2015)


(November, 2014)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq. and Phillip D. Dysert, Esq., Obtain Favorable Ruling from Judge Hurd on Pre-Answer Motion to Dismiss in Employment Discrimination Case
(October, 2014)

Smith Sovik Successfully Defends Attorneys Sued for Legal Malpractice in Case Venued in US District Court, NDNY
(September, 2014)

Smith Sovik Opens an Office in Buffalo.
(September, 2014)

Best Lawyers In America Names 3 Smith Sovik Partners "Lawyer Of The Year"
(September, 2014)

Six Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet, P.C. Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America List
(September, 2014)

Twelve Smith Sovik Attorneys Named to 2014 Super Lawyers Upstate Edition
(September, 2014)

John Goldman Successfully Obtains Reversal, Summary Judgment at Fourth Department in Automobile Liability Case
(August, 2014)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq., Successful in Binding Arbitration in Motor Vehicle Case
(August, 2014)

Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Secures Defense Verdict in Second Small Smiles Trial.
(August, 2014)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Victor L. Prial, Esq. as an Associate
(July, 2014)

Appellate Division affirms verdict in favor of defendant construction manager after bench trial in Labor Law case
(July, 2014)

Edward Smith, Kristen Benson and Anthony Brighton Join Forces and Secure Dismissal of Multiple-Plaintiff Employment Discrimination Case
(July, 2014)

Dismissal of redundant federal court complaint granted in multiple-plaintiff employment discrimination action
(July, 2014)

Defense Verdict in Nursing Home Case for Kristen M. Benson, Esq., in Oneida County Supreme Court
(June, 2014)

Defense Verdict for Eric G. Johnson, Esq. in Oneida County Medical Malpractice Case
(June, 2014)

James D. Lantier, Esq., Successfully Defends Two Local Family Practitioners in Wrongful Death Claim
(May, 2014)

Welcome Back Karen Guyder Felter, Esq.!
(April, 2014)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Christopher F. DeFrancesco, Esq., and Shane P. Simon, Esq., as Associates.
(February, 2014)

Defense Verdict in Products Liability Case for Edward J. Smith III, Esq., in Onondaga County Supreme Court.
(January, 2014)

Congratulations to Brady O'Malley, Esq., After Oneida County Jury Finds No Negligence in Trip and Fall Case.
(December, 2013)

Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Case for Daniel R. Ryan, Esq. in Oneida County Supreme Court
(November, 2013)

Congratulations to Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq. for Securing a Defense Verdict in the Small Smiles Dental Malpractice Case
(October, 2013)

Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice case in Oneida County for Michael P. Ringwood, Esq.
(September, 2013)

Smith Sovik Expands its Downstate Office and Welcomes Elizabeth E. Schlissel, Esq. as an Associate
(September, 2013)

Smith Sovik Partners Recognized as Among the Best Lawyers in Upstate New York.
(September, 2013)

Six Partners Recognized as the Best Lawyers in America.
(September, 2013)

Daniel R. Ryan, Esq, Successfully Defends Local Family Practice Physician.
(July, 2013)

Michael P. Ringwood, Esq., and Karen J. Krogman, Esq., secure Summary Judgment in commercial claim surrounding dispute over Radon testing equipment.
(June, 2013)

Congratulations to Kristin L. Norfleet, Esq., for being named to Oswego County Business Magazine's
(June, 2013)

Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Secures Defense Verdict for Cornell University.
(May, 2013)

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict for Daniel R. Ryan, Esq., in Oneida County.
(May, 2013)

Michael P. Ringwood, Esq., Secures NO CAUSE Verdict On Behalf of 2 Local Obstetricians
(March, 2013)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Three New Associates
(February, 2013)

Eric G. Johnson, Esq., Successfully Defends Local Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Malpractice Case.
(January, 2013)

Smith Sovik is One of Best Law Firms in America Pursuant to U.S. News - Best Lawyers
(November, 2012)

Smith Sovik Partners are the Best Lawyers in America
(November, 2012)

Three Smith Sovik Partners Named
(November, 2012)

Eight Smith Sovik Partners Recognized as Super Lawyers!
(October, 2012)

Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Named One of Upstate New York's Top 10 Lawyers
(October, 2012)

Kristen M. Benson, Esq., Successfully Argues at Fourth Department that a Claim of Loss of Enjoyment of Life Entitles Defendants to Explore Plaintiff's Mental Health Records.
(October, 2012)

Smith Sovik Welcomes John D. Goldman, Esq.
(August, 2012)

Summary Judgment for Anthony Brighton, Esq., in Premises Liability Case.
(August, 2012)

Michael Paul Ringwood, Esq., Successfully Defends a Community-Based Hospital and ER Physician in Rome, New York
(July, 2012)

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict in Cayuga County for Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq.
(June, 2012)

Defense Verdict for Eric G. Johnson, Esq., in Oneida County Medical Malpractice Case
(June, 2012)

Michelle M. Davoli, Esq., Secures Summary Judgment Based Upon Lack of Serious Injury
(June, 2012)

Brandon R. King, Esq., Secured a
(June, 2012)

Employment Arbitration Victory for Patrick Sardino, Esq., and Andrew Horsfall, Esq.
(June, 2012)

Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Secured Summary Judgment and a Finding of No Negligence in a Claim Stemming from a Motor Vehicle Accident
(April, 2012)

Michael Paul Ringwood, Esq., Secures Defense Verdict for Medical Malpractice Defendants in Cayuga County
(April, 2012)

Smith Sovik Welcomes Brady J. O'Malley, Esq., as an Associate at the Firm
(April, 2012)

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict for Michael Paul Ringwood, Esq., in Onondaga County
(March, 2012)

David A. D'Agostino, Esq., and Daniel R. Ryan, Esq., Elected Partners at the Firm.
(February, 2012)

Andrew S. Horsfall, Esq. Secures Defense Decision at Arbitration of Section 5102(d) Serious Injury Claim
(January, 2012)

Another Defense Verdict for Eric G. Johnson, Esq., in a Medical Malpratice Case Venued in St. Lawrence County.
(January, 2012)

Defense Verdict for Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., in Malpractice Claim Against Emergency Room Physicians.
(January, 2012)