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Legal and Professional Liability

Smith Sovik defends legal malpractice claims for lawyers and law firms all over New York State. In fact, many of our opponents turn to us if they are sued – which we consider to be one of our highest compliments.

Our firm also defends architects, engineers, accountants and other professionals against malpractice claims and lawsuits.  We’ve had the privilege of defending professional malpractice claims for CNA, Liberty International, Argo, AIG, Travelers and numerous other insurers.

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