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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. Transportation: 35%
    30 years, 200 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    30 years, 900 cases
  3. Slip and Fall: 20%
    30 years, 100 cases
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    30 years
  5. Defective Products: 5%
    30 years, 10 cases


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71 South Street
Auburn, NY, 13021


NYCurrently registered 198707/11/2016
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 198708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
State University of New York 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