This is Dave Kalabanka, Mike Bersani’s partner, high-jacking his blog (again) to write about yet another award Mike has received for his outstanding work representing personal injury victims. Recently, I blogged about Mike being named “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 by the publication Best Lawyers in America, which deemed him the “number one” ranked personal injury lawyer in all of the Syracuse metropolitan lawyer based on peer reviews (judges and other lawyers ratings).
I am proud to announce that our own Mike Bersani has now been named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of Super Lawyers. Let’s unravel this new award: Super Lawyers is a national publication that lists only the best lawyers in each field of law (top 5%). All the lawyers at Michaels & Smolak are listed as “Super Lawyers” in the field of personal injury law. The publishers of the Super Lawyers directory choose who to designate as Super Lawyers by way of a multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and “peer reviews” (lawyers rating each other) by practice area.
After the top 5% of lawyers in each field are listed in Super Lawyers, the Super Lawyers publishers then choose from that 5% only the very few top “vote-getters” (those Super Lawyers who were ranked highest by their peers) as “Blue Ribbon Panelists” to evaluate other lawyers. Mike was a top vote getter, and thus was invited to join the Blue Ribbon Panel. This means Mike will now rate other Super Lawyer candidates and provide his recommendations during Super Lawyers’ peer evaluation process. Only a handful of Syracuse area lawyers have been selected as “blue ribbon panelists”.
This is just another in a long list of honors bestowed on Mike. His ranking in all lawyer peer-review directories is unsurpassed in the Syracuse Metropolitan area. Just to name the top few: The peer-review publication, “Best lawyers in America”, named him “personal injury lawyer of the year” for 2021 in the Syracuse Metropolitan area. Martindale-Hubble, one of the oldest and most well-respected lawyer peer-review publication in the world, has consistently given him its highest “AV” rating each year for over a decade. Another publication, AVVO, has consistently given him a “perfect” score of 10/10 year after year.
Mike did not win this high esteem from judges and other lawyers all on his own. At Michaels & Smolak, we work as a team. We have sharp, hard-working legal assistants with 20 or more years of experience in the personal injury field. They make us look good in court! Also, our top-rated lawyers meet as a team every two weeks to strategize our cases together. We make each other look good!
We are all proud of Mike’s, and all our lawyers’, achievements. But what do these top ratings mean to you, our client? A lot! We are top rated because we get top results! You can rest assured you are represented by the best of the best for your Upstate New York personal injury claim. Not only that, keep in mind the adage, “your reputation precedes you”. Insurance companies know our reputation. They know how highly ranked we are. They are thus more likely to settle your claim for more, without a trial, because they fear going to trial against us.
So kudos to Mike Bersani! Kudos to us! And kudos to you, too, dear reader, if you have chosen us to represent you in your personal injury or professional malpractice case.