We are proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report has once again honored Michaels & Smolak with its “first tier” ranking in its “Best Lawyers in America” listings for personal injury litigation firms in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area. In the 2019 edition, just as past editions, the firm was ranked “first-tier” in the categories of both “personal injury” and “product liability”.
These days, personal injury trial lawyers like us are bombarded with letters and “announcements” notifying us that we have been selected as part of an “elite group” of trial lawyers. These letters go on to tout the very “stringent requirements” that attorneys must meet in order to qualify for the elite listing. Only a very small percentage of lawyers, the letters say, have been selected. And guess what? YOU have been selected!
There’s only one hitch: You have to pay for it. These type of “award” or “honor” letters almost always end with a sentence like this: “to have your name registered as a member of this select group of top attorneys, simply make payment of (a few hundred dollars) to ____”.