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Michael Gleason Bersani

Michael Gleason Bersani

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Premises Liability, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death

About Me

Languages Spoken: Spanish, French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
    22 years, 200 cases
  3. Premises Liability: 20%
    22 years, 200 cases
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    22 years, 100 cases
  5. Wrongful Death: 5%
    22 years, 50 cases



Contingent (33%)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Robert L. Brenna Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer.Mike has been a leader in his field for many years. He is devoted to his clients, Justice, and the law itself. His clients are well served, today the least, and his dedication to staying on top of day to day changes is impeccable. Bob Brenna Jr. Rochester, New york


    Robert Brenna Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    We regularly refer clients with personal injury matters to Mike. He is consummate professional and has my unqualified recommendation.


    Patrick Carbonaro Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Michaels & Smolak Pc
71 South St
Auburn, NY, 13021



NYCurrently registered 199403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Citizen of the YearGeneva New York Chamber of Commerce2009
superlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif1993
Justinian Society HonorJustinian Society1993
Scribe Award For Outstanding Legal WritingScribes - American Society of Legal Writers1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
lawyerMichaels & Smolak, P.C.1995 - Present
Law ClerkAppellate Division Fourth Department1993 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, NYPresident2010 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyersmember2003 - Present
YMCA of Auburn, NYPresident1998 - Present
New York State Bar Associationmember1997 - Present
Farm Workers Legal Services of NYBoard Member1997 - Present
Cayuga County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
Onondaga County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
American Association for Justicemember1995 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationAmicus Curiae Committee1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Bulk Family Trust v Schmidtwon appeal
DiTondo v. Meagherplaintiff won summary judgment
Richmond v OrtonPlaintiff won summary judgment on liability

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Publication NameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association JournalThe Governmental Function Immunity Defense in Personal Injury Actions in the Post-McLean World"2013
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers2012 Update on New York Muncipal Liability2012
Central New York Injury Lawyer BlogOn Going Articles on Personal Injury Law2009
The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in New York StateMunicipal Liability Chapter2009
Precedents & StatutesMunicipal Liability Update2009
Precedents & StatutesMunicipal Liability Update2008
New York State Trial Lawyers Association BIll of ParticularsPer diem arguments in New York - Where and How2002
New York State Bar Association JournalSuits Against Public Entities For Injury or Wrongful Death2002
New York State Trial Lawyers Association Bill of ParticularsCourt of Appeals, in Cohens v. Hess, holds that a vacated plea of guilty to a traffic violation may be used as evidence in a subsequent civil action2001
New York State Trial Lawyers Association Bill of ParticularsMMI ruling affirmed by Appellate Division, 4th Department. Winning your MMI no fault cases in light of this decision2000
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationAnalysis of the current MMI issue1999
New York State Trial Lawyers Association Bill of ParticularsUntimely Service of Process under the new CPLR 306-b;1998
New York State Trial Lawyers Association Bill of ParticularsLocal Judge rules that No-Fault carrier cannot terminate medical benefits on grounds that injured party has reached MMI1998
New York State Trial Lawyers Bill of ParticularsOpposing Summary Judgment Motions brought under the "Open and Obvious Danger" Defense1997
Syracuse Law ReviewTorts1995
Syracuse Law ReviewTorts1994
Syracuse Law ReviewFlores v Meese: Playing Hide and Seek with the Right to Physical Freedom1993
Syracuse Law ReviewTorts1992
New York State Trial Lawyer's quarterly publicationSeveral Articles on Personal Injury LawN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawN/AN/A1993
University of Colorado - BoulderN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Christian Brothers AcademyN/AN/A1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Precedents & StatutesNew York Municipal Liability Update2014
Precendents & StatutesNew York Municipal Liability 20122012
Precedents and StatutesMunicipal Liability for Personal Injury2011
Precedents and StatutesMunicipal Liability in New York2010
Precedents and StatutesMunicipal Liability for Personal Injury2009
Precedents and StatutesMunicipal Liability for Personal Injury2008
Precedents and StatutesMunicipal Liability for Personal Injury2007
Discovery Tactics in New YorkDiscovery Rules and Tactics in New York State2005