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Products Liability

Smith Sovik defends products liability lawsuits for both large and small, insured and self-insured corporations all over New York State.  In fact, we’ve been defending manufacturers and distributors against lawsuits since the inception of products liability law in the 1960s.  Our experience allows us to take a dynamic, innovative approach to defending our clients, which include manufacturers of cranes, saws, slicers, power tools, ladders, hydraulic and electrical systems, appliances and electrical components.

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