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In 1946, two like-minded classmates from Syracuse University School of Law, Laurence “Larry” Sovik and John Timothy Smith, founded their own litigation boutique.  Later joined by Larry’s son, Laurence “Fritz” Sovik, the firm primarily focused on litigation and trial practice. Soon, they were not only one of the premier litigation and appellate firms in Central New York – they had earned a reputation as some of the most aggressive, hard-nosed and successful trial attorneys in the area.

Today, Smith Sovik maintains that reputation throughout New York State. Our center of operations is still in Syracuse, but our attorneys  try cases in all the State and Federal courts.  Our downstate office in East Meadow services Long Island, New York City and the counties in southeastern New York State, while our Buffalo office services Western New York.  Just like our founders, today Smith Sovik handles almost all types of litigation and attacks every case with a winning mindset.

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We have had a great partnership with Smith, Sovik and, in particular, Steve Williams. Steve has delivered great results for us not only in Litigation, but also in handling EEOC charges as well as mediations and arbitrations which are a part of our Dispute Resolution Process. Steve is an extremely talented litigator; however, he also works hard to attain good settlements for us. His case evaluations are thorough and honest. It has been a pleasure working with Steve and I look forward to continuing our partnership.

Alexis C. Roberts
Manager of Employment Claims
Red Lobster