Kevin E. Hulslander

Kevin E. Hulslander

Managing Partner
250 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 474-2911 (phone)
(315) 474-6015 (fax)
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  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Dartmouth College, Cum Laude with Distinction in Government, B.A., 1982

Admitted to Practice

  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York and Massachusetts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western and Southern Districts of New York, and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • "A" Rating - Martindale Hubbell
  • Top 10 List NYS Super Lawyers 2009-2015

Background &
Practice Areas

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2008-2015
  • Products Liability Lawyer of the Year - 2012
  • Insurance Lawyer of the Year - 2014
  • Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year - 2015


Kevin serves as managing partner at Smith Sovik. Kevin is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate who spends most of his time defending trucking, professional malpractice and construction cases. Kevin began his career at Palmer & Dodge, a large firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was involved in approximately five complex trials, ranging from a large construction dispute to a multimillion-dollar satellite explosion. He has defended several large product manufacturers.

Since returning to Syracuse in 1989, he has tried numerous high profile cases, including all types of matters ranging from  automobile, trucking and premises liability to commercial, construction, Labor Law, products, professional negligence, legal malpractice, and other liability matters. He has represented schools, colleges and universities in all types of litigation.  He defends all types of medical professionals as well as hospitals and nursing homes in professional malpractice claims across New York State. He also regularly defends large and small, insured and self-insured trucking companies with an outstanding record of success.

Kevin has received an AV rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell since 2001 and has been listed as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Upstate New York by New York State's Super Lawyers for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Kevin was also honored with his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was also honored as Upstate New York's Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in 2011. 


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