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About Me

I have  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., 2007-2009). I enjoy tennis, golf, boating and ice skating. I live in the Town of Owasco and have a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Samantha.


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Practice Areas


  1. Automobile: 35%
    29 years, 200 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    29 years, 900 cases
  3. Premises Liability: 20%
    29 years, 100 cases
  4. Medical Negligence: 10%
    29 years
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 5%
    29 years, 10 cases


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Contact Info

71 South Street
Auburn, NY, 13021


NYCurrently registered 198703/13/2015
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 198710/07/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
New York Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Robert J. Connolly Trial TechniqueWNY Trial Lawyers Association1983
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMichaels & Smolak, PC1986 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1987 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1987 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hoadley v. Banc One Acceptance Corp.Case was settled by mediation for $7.75m.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
SUNY at BuffaloLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
SUNY at BuffaloPolitical ScienceBA1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Supporting Your CaseEvidentiary issues2007
Building Your Civil Trial SkillsGeneral overview of trial skills2007
A Primer on Automobile Litigation and Insurance Coverage IssuesExpert Witnesses2000