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Christopher F. DeFrancesco


Christopher F. DeFrancesco


Christopher is a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, where he received the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers John C. Cherundulo Award for Leadership & Advocacy. He received the College of Law’s Robert W. Miller Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the CALI Award for highest overall performance in Trial Practice. At Syracuse, Christopher was a member of the National Civil Trial Team. His team received the Ethical Advocacy Award in 2011 during the National Civil Trial Competition and went on to become National Tournament Champions in 2012.

Before joining Smith Sovik, Christopher had the opportunity to extern with former Acting Supreme Court Justice John C. Cherundulo and spent summers working as a law clerk for the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and an insurance defense firm in Albany, N.Y.

Christopher has extensive experience arguing in trial and appellate courts throughout New York State. He was named to the Super Lawyers “Upstate Rising Stars” list annually since 2016.

Christopher’s practice focuses on all areas of litigation including premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, construction site accidents, medical and professional malpractice, contract disputes and labor employment litigation.


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2013
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S. cum laude , 2010


  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Upstate New York Super Lawyer Rising Star