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Steven Ward Williams

Personal injury Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    New York - NY 29 years
    California - CA 33 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

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About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    50%
    I handle lawsuits in both federal and state courts where individuals are harmed by the negligence of others, including but not limited to construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls.

    29 years, 224 cases

  2. Car accident
    30%
    I handle lawsuits stemming from all forms of motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).

    29 years, 203 cases

  3. Defective and dangerous products
    10%
    I handle lawsuits in both state and federal courts regarding defective products that are alleged to have injured people and/or property.

    28 years, 79 cases

  4. Employment and labor
    10%
    Representing individuals and companies in employment claims in state and federal courts, and before various state and federal agencies (EEOC, NYS Division of Human Rights, etc.).

    23 years, 93 cases

I have been a litigator for over twenty-five years. I was an attorney in the US Navy JAG Corps for five years, where I acted as a prosecutor, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and counsel to Rear Admiral F.M. Dirren, Jr. I reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Upon leaving the Navy in 1995, I joined Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet, P.C. I was made a partner at the firm in 1997. 

I handle a wide range of litigation matters (commercial litigation, contracts, personal injury, employment law, defamation, construction accidents, professional malpractice, motor vehicle claims, etc.). I am AV rated by Martindale and Hubble, which is its highest rating. I have been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America each year since 2007 for my work in personal injury litigation, products liability and employment law. Likewise, and because I practice all over NYS, I have been included among the Best Lawyers in New York City, Central New York and Western New York. I have been repeatedly named as one of the top 50 attorneys in Upstate New York by SuperLawyers.com.

I have had the pleasure of appearing before most of the appellate courts in NYS. I had the honor of making what was viewed as "new law" by the NY Law Journal when I represented a client before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. I have earned several multiple multimillion dollar verdicts. Among those was the largest defamation verdict in our nation's history ($188 million), stemming from a case I tried in Brooklyn, NY. More recently, I have had great success representing pension funds relative to their losses stemming from the Madoff Ponzie scheme. In February of 2014, I represented an oil import company (on a contract claim) in a three-week trial in Houston, and I earned a judgment of $1.4 billion.

I have appeared on the O'Reilly Factor and several television programs to discuss various legal issues. 

I take great pride in my work, and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Location

Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet PC
250 S Clinton St Ste 600
Syracuse, NY, 13202-1140
Smith, Sovik Litigation Attorneys
295 Main Street
Suite 1081
Buffalo, NY, 14203
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Posted by George | December 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Trial Attorney (Smith & Sovik)
Steve W. Williams is an excellent litigations trial attorney. Steve handled my accident case very well from the beginning to the end and the results paid. Former Client George M.F

Cost

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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith & Sovik
  • 1995 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Counsel to Rear Admiral F. M. Dirren, Jr.
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Senior Trial Counsel
  • U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s
  • 1990 - 1994

Education

  • California Western School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • State University of New York, College at Cortland
  • BA
  • 1986

Associations

  • Onondaga County Bar Association
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  • Labor and Employment Practice Group
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  • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

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  • 2018
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  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
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  • 2016
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  • 2008
  • Top Lawyers in Western NY
  • Spree Magazine
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  • Best Lawyers in NY
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Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
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"Attorney Steven Williams is an excellent Attorney and a genuinely good person. If you are in need of an attorney to represent you in court, Steven is the one to call. Attorney Steven Williams has my highest endorsement."
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Syracuse Personal injury Lawyer Steven Ward Williams
Steven Ward Williams
Personal injury Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 33 years
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