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Michael Gleason Bersani

Personal injury Attorney at Auburn, NY

5.0   16 reviews
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  • State Years
    New York - NY 29 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 29 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    40%
    Have handled all aspects of personal injury litigation. Have changed the law in favor of plaintiffs in several important cases, some of which went up to the highest courtt in new york, the Court of Appeals: Cohen v. Hess, 92 N.Y.2d 511 and Shutter v. Phillips Display, 90 N.Y.2d 703

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Car accident
    25%
    handle all aspects of motor vehicle accidents, including commercial carrier cases, from in-take through trial and appeal. CHANGED THE LAW ON NO-FAULT IN FAVOR OF PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE OF HOBBY v CNY, 267 A.D.2d 1084, 700 N.Y.S.2d 346(4 Dept.,. 1999).

    30 years, 200 cases

  3. Slip and fall accident
    20%
    handle all aspects of slip and fall cases from intake through trial and appeal

    30 years, 200 cases

  4. Motorcycle accident
    10%
    Handle all aspects of motor cycle accident cases from in-take through trial and appeal

    30 years, 100 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    5%
    Handle all aspects of wrongful death from in-take through trial --- changed the law on damages in the case of Kastick v. U-Haul, Kastick v. U-Haul Co. of Western Michigan, 259 A.D.2d 970, 688 N.Y.S.2d 857, and 292 A.D.2d 797, 740 N.Y.S.2d 167

    30 years, 50 cases

Mike was recently named “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” by the publication Best Lawyers in America. For a lawyer, being listed in Best Lawyers is something like getting a 10 in America's Got Talent. Those who determine who gets listed in Best Lawyers are judges and fellow lawyers who have seen the lawyer at work, watched him in court, or have reviewed his work. Only a few lawyers in each geographical area are elected to this prestigious attorney listing. But Mike’s recognition went even further than a mere “listing” in the publication: He was named “the Lawyer of the Year” in the field of personal injury litigation because other lawyers and judges gave him higher grades than any other personal injury lawyer in the Syracuse Metropolitan area.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Contact Michael

Michael Gleason Bersani
Michaels Bersani Kalabanka, P.C.
17 East Genesee Street, Suite 401
Auburn, NY, 13021
Michaels Bersani Kalabanka, P.C.
99 S Warren Street
Suite 513
Syracuse, NY, 13202
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car accident
I was in a vehicle as a passenger and out of no where an unmarked 90 degree left hand turn came about and the driver wasn't able to make the turn properly. This resulted in the compression fractures of my l2 and 3 vertebrae's. I was in constant pain and couldn't believe I had broken my back at 23 ending my military career. I contacted Mr. Bersani and he poitned me in the right direction about everything I asked. He hired a private investigator and a civil engineer for my case. during our meeting it was always stress free and professional. I would recommend 10/10 to anyone.
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Posted by Kirill | April 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Got exactly what he thought I would.
My lawyer helped me with my non-fault car accident. He didn't blow smoke and promise me that I was going to be a millionaire. He gave me honest advice on where we could go and made sure that all the legal details would be taken care of. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by Jodi | October 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Responsive and caring -- and got a great settlement
I was attacked by a dog. The case was complicated because it happened in a state park, on the edge of one country where neither the dog owner nor I live. The whole thing was also rather traumatizing. This might sound childish, but Michael made it all better. He recognized that this was a serious injury and that the dog was dangerous. He also clearly explained the law and my options and what he could do. I always felt heard and respected. Never once did I worry that my case was forgotten or neglected. I am so glad that Michael was fighting for me. He got me a super settlement. I came out really feeling that I had been "made whole."
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly professional
Mike represented me in a case where I broke my hip after falling into an unguarded and unmarked drop off on a Town’s property. Although the Town tried to blame me for my fall, Mike wouldn’t let them get away with it. He was awesome. He fought for me until he got the settlement I deserved for the harm the Town’s negligence caused me to suffer. How often have you wondered how to choose a personal injury lawyer that you can trust, who will work very hard for you, and really cares about your well-being? We found number 1! His name is Mike Bersani. I was concerned about even calling a lawyer for my case. When Mike arrived and listened to us and answered all our questions, went to the accident site with my husband, discussed with him each step he was taking, I knew we had the right person. Mike was available anytime I had a question. He kept us informed at every turn . He cares. No matter what the case is, his client is number 1. Any lawyer can put an ad on tv and say they will treat you well. Mike goes beyond that. His goal is keeping the client updated, is very interested in what the client wants to do, and follows through on their wishes. I would recommend him to anyone with a personal injury case.
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Posted by Willie | January 29, 2019
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Willie
I hired mike to represent me regarding an accident i had in a store. There was a defect in the floor that made me fall. I was pretty severely hurt, with fractures, and was out of work completely for six months and ever since have been unable to work more than part time. Throughout the process I was well informed. The book Mike wrote and handed me in the beginning guided me through the whole lawsuit process. He was hands on, and always kept me informed. He let me sit through all the depositions. He was very professional. I was very happy with the settlement I received. He really saved my life! Without him I would be living in poverty. He settled the case before trial for more than I expected.
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Posted by Dennis | August 24, 2018
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Great Lawyer
“I hired Mike Bersani to represent me after a pizza delivery guy ran me over in a hotel parking lot”. His representation was very professional, and his team consisted of a great paralegal named Mary Jones. Both made a great team with a successful conclusion on behalf of my case.
Posted by Richard | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Michael Bersani represented me after an accident where the defendant was clearly at fault. However, much proof would be needed to prove either negligence or get me a fair settlement. 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.s & Smolak.
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Posted by JOHN | July 1, 2016
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MIKE IS A GREAT LAWYER AND PERSON
I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW HAPPY I AM THAT MIKE REPRESENTED ME. HE KEPT ME INFORMED ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS AND THE END RESULT WAS VERY SATISFACTORY. I PUT MY FAITH IN MIKE AS I WAS AWARE OF HIS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND THAT HE WAS A GOOD FAMILY MAN, WITH A LOT OF INTEGRITY.
Posted by John | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
World Class Attorney
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike for many years. When I was injured in a motor vehicle accident Mike was there for me. Other attorneys I spoke with suggested that the case would be difficult and the settlement meager. Mike was able to obtain a $35,000 settlement without us even having to appear in court. Clearly, his reputation preceded him and the other side folded before the trial was even scheduled. Trust Mike and his firm to get you the monetary award you deserve. They are the best attorneys out there.
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Posted by Matthew | September 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I searched 100 different Lawyers before I found the right one!
Words can not express how I feel about Mr. Michael Bersani. He is one of the most authentic & honest attorneys that you will find. I had gone through a very difficult period (audit with BCBS) that was triggered by a former associate. I knew this former employee had done this to harm me personally and my company. He had also breeched a confidentiality & integrity agreement, but was under protection of the "whistle blower" umbrella. After successfully defending my stance with the blues, my next job was to find a lawyer that had the knowledge to hold my former associate accountable for his malicious intent. It took me 18 months of interviewing lawyers & pitching my idea till I found the right man for this job. Michael Bersani was like a surgeon. He developed a detailed game plan that first had to prove to the US attorney's office that this former associate didn't have the right to be protected by this umbrella. Next Michael helped me become the first employer in US history to sue a "whistle blower" & WIN! When other lawyers laughed at me & told me to let sleeping dogs lie. Mr. Bersani saw the pain that this ordeal had caused my family, & had the fortitude to help me right this wrong. 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!
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2015
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Excellent Attorney
Mike handled a case for me and my son and was always available there for me when I had questions. He was always professional and caring. I have to tell you, I went though alot of attorneys in the Syracuse that really did a terrible job and told me that I could never win my case and I should just forget about it and call it a day. Mike fought for me and cleaned up the messes from the other attorney's that I fired in the past. He always gave me hope when I thought it was hopeless and fought for me all the way. Mike went to several appeals courts to fight for me until the end when we won the case. I have never seen an attorney fight for a client as he did for me. I would highly recommend Mike and his team of lawyers.
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Posted by Jake | September 29, 2015
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Great experience
Mike took a drawn out, document ridden legal process and made me feel at ease. I never once questioned Mike's dedication to my case, even though I was one of his smaller clients. I would highly recommend this attorney based on integrity, organization and just over all being a great guy.
Posted by Patricia | September 29, 2011
Highly recommend
Mike Bersani recently represented me in a personal injury lawsuit, which resulted in a settlement, on the fourth day of the trial. In meeting with Mike several times before the trial, I sensed he was a competent, kind, intelligent person. On the first day, jury selection, it was obvious what a remarkable individual he is. Not only is he intelligent but he also one of the most respectful and kind attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am in the law enforcement profession and routinely work with attorneys. Mike is in a class by himself. He regarded the court attendants, jurors, witnesses, for both sides, and other attorneys with the utmost kindness and respect. He demonstrated integrity and class in the courtroom. I was extremely impressed by his knowledge of my accident. He knew my case as well as I did. On the fourth day of the trial, a settlement was reached. There were two Defendants in this case, and Mike was able to reach settlements with both parties. One of the Defendants offered a settlement on the first day of the trial but Mike's awesome presentation of the case, resulted in their offer increasing, daily. By the fourth day, both parties were eager to settle, for an amount, that was considered fair. I am proud to tell others about this amazing attorney and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Scott | September 10, 2010
Excellent lawyer
Mike did an excellent job on my case. He kept me informed on everything that was happening and what needed to be done. He even called us to see how we were doing just because he wanted to. Mike treated me and my family more than just clients, he treated us like friends. I would not hesitate to call Mike if I needed him to represent me again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2010
Mr. Michael G. Bersani has my highest recommendation
Mr. Michael G. Bersani handled my personal injury case and has successfully completed it in 2010. In the past three years, Mr. Bersani is committed and enthusiastically devoted to my case. We had over 400 email communications, about 10 personal meetings and numerous telephone conversations regarding my case. Mr. Bersani is friendly and trustworthy. He is knowledgeable but willing to learn something new; he has his own professional judgment but likes to listen what you think. He is a good listener and also willing to share his feeling with me. Mr. Bersani is professional and uses his wisdom to fight for my interests; he has very good understanding and tirelessly works with me; he is respectful and treats me very well. Mr. Bersani is easy to approach. Whenever I have questions, he responds me promptly. He is very kind and offers me various help whenever I need. I feel he is not only my legal advisor but also my friend. Michael G. Bersani has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by John | October 16, 2009
RECOMMENDATION
I would highly recommend Michael Bersani as your attorney. Michael did an outstanding job litigating my dispute concerning a land lease for a cottage which I owned on Owasco Lake. The land was leased continuously since 1945, the year the cottage was built. I purchased the cottage in 1984 with the one and only lease, signed by the original property owner and me in 1987. The dispute centered around one point: was the lease still valid, even though the land had since changed ownership twice? Although we lost the original case in Cayuga County Supreme Court, Michael prevailed receiving a unanimous 5-0 judgment from the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department in Rochester. Michael did an outstanding job litigating my dispute and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • lawyer
  • Michaels & Smolak, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Appellate Division Fourth Department
  • 1993 - 1995

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 1993
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
  • Christian Brothers Academy
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Richmond v Orton
  • Plaintiff won summary judgment on liability
  • Ginley Family Trust v Roscoe
  • Plaintiff won summary judgment
  • Bulk Family Trust v Schmidt
  • won appeal
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Associations

  • Family YMCA of Geneva, NY
  • member board of directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, NY
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • YMCA of Auburn, NY
  • President
  • 1998 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Worker Justice Center of New York
  • Board Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Cayuga County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Amicus Curiae Committee
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse Area
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse area
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Geneva New York Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009
  • superlawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Justinian Society Honor
  • Justinian Society
  • 1993
  • Order of the Coif
  • National Order of the Coif
  • 1993
  • Scribe Award For Outstanding Legal Writing
  • Scribes - American Society of Legal Writers
  • 1992
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Publications

  • Syracuse Law Review
  • Torts
  • 1995
  • Syracuse Law Review
  • Torts
  • 1994
  • Syracuse Law Review
  • Torts
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Precedents and Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2022
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2021
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2020
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • Municipal Liability Update
  • 2019
  • Precedents & Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2018
  • Precedents & Statutes Update
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2015
  • Precedents & Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability Update
  • 2014
  • Precendents & Statutes
  • New York Municipal Liability 2012
  • 2012
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • Municipal Liability for Personal Injury
  • 2009
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • Municipal Liability for Personal Injury
  • 2008
  • Precedents and Statutes
  • Municipal Liability for Personal Injury
  • 2007
  • Discovery Tactics in New York
  • Discovery Rules and Tactics in New York State
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an amazing lawyer. Very knowledgeable and professional. Whenever a client ask me about a personal injury attorney Michael Bersani is the one I recommend"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an excellent trial lawyer, is very intelligent and focused on the issues in a case and the clients' needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"We regularly refer clients with personal injury matters to Mike. He is consummate professional and has my unqualified recommendation."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a great lawyer and a great person. He is a student of the law, a zealous advocate for clients, and a dedicated father who spends weekends on the sideline of his kids' sporting events. Mike is the kind of lawyer and person I am proud to associate with."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitation to STRONGLY endorse Michael Bersani as a very experienced and skilled personal injury attorney. You can tell a lot about a lawyer's devotion to his work by whether that lawyer stays on top of new changes in the law and Michael's very detailed daily blog posts make it clear that he is always on top of the latest developments in NY injury law. If you need a strong lawyer who is also a nice, down-to-earth guy, you can't go wrong with Michael Bersani."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If my family needed help, I would go to Mike. He is one of the brightest lawyers in the profession, without question. He is a serious student of the law and can prepare cases better than most because of his deep knowledge. Mike works with other very talented lawyers and together they are the very best. I work with them and trust them with client matters that I can not handle myself due to a conflict. Excellent lawyer."
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Auburn Personal injury Lawyer Michael Gleason Bersani
Michael Gleason Bersani
Personal injury Attorney
Auburn, NY
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available