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Appellate Advocacy

At Smith Sovik, our appellate attorneys are known for crafting cogent and innovative arguments on behalf of our clients. We’ve advocated in a variety of fields, including Labor Law and construction, trucking and motor vehicle cases, medical and professional malpractice, products liability, municipal issues and more.

Because appellate attorneys must persuade panels of judges, successful appellate advocacy requires a unique set of skills. Our attorneys are able to analyze and condense cases into a concise written brief, which can possibly decide an issue even before oral argument.  But they also recognize that powerful oratory can be a case’s deciding factor.

In 1974, now-retired member of the firm Lawrence F. Sovik was instrumental in the successful creation of the “seat belt defense” before the New York State Court of Appeals. Since then the firm’s appellate advocacy group has flourished, and our attorneys have won appeals in each of the Appellate Divisions in New York State, the New York State Court of Appeals, the New York Federal District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

My name is Ellen Pares. I am a Senior Litigation Adjuster working for Kemper – A Unitrin Business. I have 35 years of claim handling experience and have handled personal and commercial lines including worker’s compensation both as a supervisor and as an adjuster.   I have had many years of experience working with various defense firms and attorneys including Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet and specifically with Kristin Norfleet, of this firm.  My experience with Kristin has always been positive.  I find that Kristin is always pleasant, and cooperative but more importantly, she always does an excellent job of defending her clients/our insureds.  She is quickly responsive, has excellent defense strategies and this generally results in very good resolutions.  I am pleased with this firm’s work and would recommend them.

Ellen Pares
Senior Litigation Adjuster
Kemper – A Unitrin Business