Smith Sovik Expands Syracuse Office and Welcomes Four Associates

Smith Sovik continues to expand its Syracuse and satellite offices all over the state to serve the increased needs of new and existing clients. The Central New York office has hired four new recently admitted lawyers and our Buffalo and downstate offices are hiring to accommodate our clients’ needs statewide. The firm has steadily grown at a reasonable pace having doubled in size over the past ten years and expects to continue to grow at that pace in the future. We anticipate opening a White Plains office sometime this year as our downstate practice grows and expect to continue to add offices to our statewide footprint over the next several years.

Joseph M. Betar graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and cum laude from Saint Michael’s College (B.A.). At Syracuse, Joe received the 2017 Award for Moot Court Team of the Year and is a member of the National Order of the Coif.

David M. Katz graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and summa cum laude from Cornell University (B.A.). At Syracuse, Dave served on the Executive Board of the Syracuse Law Review and is a member of the National Order of the Coif.

Kevin M. Sayles graduated from George Washington University Law School with honors (J.D.) and magna cum laude from Colgate University (B.A). Kevin previously interned with the Honorable Susan G. Braden, Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. and with the Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Justin P. St. Louis graduated from Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and State University of New York at Cortland (B.A.). At Syracuse, Justin was a member of the National Trial Team and he also received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

At the firm, Joe, Dave, Kevin and Justin will work in all areas of litigation including medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, construction site accidents, contract disputes and labor employment matters.

Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet, P.C., founded in 1946, is an aggressive, innovative litigation boutique. We boast over 30 attorneys who defend individuals, professionals, corporations, and other entities against personal injury, malpractice and commercial claims in state and federal courts throughout New York State. We pride ourselves in aggressively and cost-effectively obtaining the very best results for our clients. Smith Sovik has offices in Syracuse, Buffalo and Long Island. For more information, please visit

We have worked with Smith Sovik for many years. They provide a thorough case analysis, timely updates and sound recommendations which enable us to make informed decisions. Beyond their legal expertise, their honesty and integrity displayed in litigating files in a cost-effective manner, has enabled us to control expenses.

Chris Marra, Sr. Claims Adjuster, Price Chopper