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Michael Bersani

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Auburn, NY

Michaels & Smolak, P.C.
17 East Genesee St., Suite 401
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: 315-253-3293
Fax: 315-252-6970
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%), Appellate (10%), General Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Michael Bersani is an attorney with the Michaels & Smolak law firm in Auburn, New York. A top-rated, award-winning trial advocate with more than 26 years of legal experience, Mr. Bersani represents the rights and interests of clients throughout Cayuga County and the greater Syracuse metro area who suffered an injury or loss as the result of another party's negligent, reckless or unlawful actions. He has been named the "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" for the Syracuse Metropolitan area by Best Lawyers in America

Mr. Bersani obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1993. While there, he served as editor for the school's law review, and he accepted induction into the Order of the Coif and the Justinian Society for his exceptional academic achievements. A talented and prolific writer, he also earned the Scribe Award for his work, and since entering private practice, he has continued to publish books and articles on personal injury law and other related subjects.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Bersani has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of those with personal injury, wrongful death or tortious claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, medical and legal malpractice, defective products, animal bites, dangerous property conditions, construction accidents, and other acts of negligence or wrongdoing. He has recovered millions of dollars for his plaintiff clients, earning his membership in the prestigious Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum.

In addition, Mr. Bersani has received numerous accolades from his peers, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a listing in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has also received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America (which now lists his as "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" for the Syracuse area) as well as many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Bersani currently serves as board director of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to his practice area. Mr. Bersani also supports his local community through his service with the Worker Justice Center of New York, where he serves on the board of directors, and with the Geneva Human Rights Commission, where he once served as chair.

He also volunteers his time and services with the Auburn YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, New York, and he offers Spanish-speaking pro bono legal services to migrant workers and others throughout his area.

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Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%General Litigation


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

About Michael Bersani

First Admitted: 1993, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • Middlebury College in Vermont, Master's degree

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • New York State Trial Lawyers "Bill of Particulars", and the Syracuse Law Review
  • "Understanding Your New York Personal Injury Claim"
  • Municipal Liability in the New York Bar Association Personal Injury Treatise (The Plaintiffs Personal Injury Action in New York State,

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Director of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of New York Trial Lawyers Academy board.  Member of its Amicus Curiae Committee. Member of New York State Trial Lawyers Association.  Member of the Cayuga, Ontario and Onondaga County Bar Associations.
  • Bar associations of New York State, Onondaga County, Cayuga County, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, American Justice Institute, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Auburn, NY YMCA (president); Geneva, NY Boys & Girls Club (vice-president); Farmworkers' Legal Services of New York (board member)


  • Super lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine
  • Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum.
  • ("AV") in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell directory
  • "Best Lawyers in America"
  • 2009 Geneva, NY Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year"; Justinian Society (outstanding law student), Order of the Coif (outstanding law student), Syracuse College of Law, Law Review Editor (selective), Rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubble (peer review, highest rating), listed in "Best Lawyers in America".


  • Many.  Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy forum.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Geneva, New York 2010 "Citizen of the Year"; President Geneva, New York Boys & Girls Club 2010 - 2012; President Auburn, New York YMCA 2008 - 2010; Farm Workers Legal Services of New York, board member 1998 to present., 2009
  • Have served on following not-for-profit boards:  YMCA of Auburn NY (President), Geneva NY Human Rights Commission (Chair), Geneva Boys & Girls Club (President), Farm Worker Legal Services of NY, Currently serve on following boards:  YMCA of Geneva NY, Blueprint, Inc. (Geneva),Worker Justice Center of New York. Volunteer with under-privileged children after school on Fridays to take them to Y swimming pool.  Help immigrant farmworkers with legal issues.
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Office Location for Michael Bersani

17 East Genesee St.
Suite 401
Auburn, NY 13021

Phone: 315-253-3293

Fax: 315-252-6970

Last Updated: 5/14/2021

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