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Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

Record-Setting Victories for Our Clients

  • Automobile/product liability action against snow plow manufacturer after client sustained a brain injury (Supreme Court, Onondaga County).

  • Legal action taken against the state of New York after a pedestrian bridge collapse left a client severely injured.

  • Legal action taken against a pickup truck driver and owner and manufacturer after client was broadsided, sustaining severe brain damage (Supreme Court, Onondaga County).

  • Legal action taken against a trucking company and truck manufacturer after a client was injured and left a quadriplegic (Supreme Court, Onondaga County).

  • Legal action taken against an SUV manufacturer and repair shop for personal injury and wrongful death (Supreme Court, Onondaga County).

  • Legal action taken against an airplane manufacturer after a crash resulting in severe burns and wrongful death (Federal District Court, Northern District of New York).

  • Legal action taken against a physician and hospital after a C-section was not performed in a timely fashion, leaving an infant with severe brain damage, quadriplegia and cerebral palsy (Superior Court, Rutland, VT).

  • Legal action taken against a motor vehicle driver and the state after a client suffered severe injuries during a crash in which a guardrail impaled a vehicle (Supreme Court, Onondaga County).

  • We recovered $1.85 million for a client who suffered brain damage after a medication error.

  • Legal action taken against a hospital and physician after a client was left with brain damage as a result of a drug interaction (Supreme Court, Jefferson County).

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Syracuse Attorneys

Handling Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Cases Throughout Central New York

If you were injured in a serious accident, harmed by a defective product, or suffered due to a trusted medical professional’s negligent or wrongful actions, turn to the Syracuse attorneys at Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC. Led by Judge John Cherundolo, a former Acting New York Supreme Court Justice, we help people who have suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence. When you need a medical malpractice attorney, we can help. When you’ve been injured due to a defective product, our lawyers are here for you. When a serious car accident leaves you facing massive medical bills and weeks off work, our team is ready to fight for you.

Every year in Syracuse and throughout Central New York, people suffer severe, even catastrophic injuries that leave them permanently disabled and in need of lifelong care. A catastrophic injury can have a serious impact on your life. You need a lawyer who is serious about getting you the financial compensation you deserve. Our Syracuse attorneys take on the tough cases and fight to hold negligent parties responsible. We are known for our legacy of results, including securing the largest award in Onondaga County. We have obtained many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients; our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to successfully resolve even the most complex of cases.

To learn how Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC can help you navigate the legal process and work to secure the financial recovery you deserve, contact us at (315) 544-3332 today for a free consultation.

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Our Awards & Associations

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • NY State Super Lawyers
    NY State Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers by U.S. News & World Report - 2018
    Best Lawyers by U.S. News & World Report - 2018
  • Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America
    Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America
  • American Academy of Trial Lawyers
    American Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Distinguished Lawyers of America
    Distinguished Lawyers of America
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year
    American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers
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Holding Negligent Manufacturers Accountable

Manufacturers—as well as distributors and retailers—have a responsibility to ensure that the products they sell are safe for consumers. This applies to vehicles, farm equipment, medical devices, medications and all other products sold to the public. When a product is defective, its use can lead to a catastrophic injury and long-term or permanent disability.

Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC holds negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm caused by products that are defective or dangerous. Syracuse attorney John Cherundolo has a long track record of success in product liability cases, including a $47 million verdict for a client who suffered a brain injury in a crash with a snowplow, the largest award in Onondaga County. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, our lawyers are determined to recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.

The Largest Award in Onondaga County:

 $47 Million Product Liability Case

Committed to Helping You Rebuild Your Life

Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC is a Top 100 Nationally Recognized Law Firm. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping clients in Syracuse and throughout Central New York successfully resolve their medical malpractice and personal injury cases. We get results thanks to our years of experience, skilled negotiation and litigation strategies, and reputation for fighting tirelessly for our clients. When building cases for our clients, we owe a lot to the invaluable support of our staff members. Our firm works with a team of leading experts, including medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists, and expert witnesses. Together with our team, we are able to gather all available evidence and testimony to create powerful cases for victims of negligence and their families.

You can always expect courtesy, competence, and professionalism from everyone at this office, whether you’re dealing with a complex medical malpractice case, a product liability issues, or any other personal injury-related matter in Central New York. At Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC, we’re here for you.

Why Choose Cherundolo Law Firm?

Your Future Is Worth Fighting For
  • Maximized Case Value

    We are committed to maximizing the value of every case to ensure that our clients receive the necessary compensation to get back on their feet.

  • Experience on Your Side

    We possess decades of experience fighting for justice on behalf of people who have suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence.

  • Direct Involvement in Your Case

    Our partners are directly involved in every case that we take on, ensuring that each client receives the dedicated attention he or she deserves.

  • Record-Setting Results

    We have secured many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including the largest award in Onondaga County.

Hear It From Our Clients & Colleagues

  • “He is doing a great job for me and I love it! His website says he is one of the 500 Best Lawyers in America, and from what I have seen, I believe it!”

    - Former Client
  • “I cannot overemphasize the skills, integrity, and excellence in the practice of law exhibited by John Cherundolo. His mastery of the law cannot be overstated. It is an inspiration to watch him tirelessly champion his clients' interests.”

    - Robert B.
  • “I unequivocally endorse him and his law firm for all matters related to litigation and personal injury. He is a tremendous asset to the legal community and CNY as a whole.”

    - Anthony M.
  • “Amazing lawyers. The best you can get.”

    - Former Client
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Meet Our Award-Winning Team

Cherundolo Law Firm Is a Top 100 Nationally Recognized Firm
  • John Cherundolo
  • Peter Papayanakos
  • Allison Cherundolo
  • Robin Zimpel-Fontaine
  • Patrick Lannon
  • John Cherundolo John Cherundolo

    Founding Attorney

    The founder of our firm, John is a former New York State Supreme Court Judge who gained national recognition as a trial lawyer by winning large and complex cases, obtaining some of the largest verdicts in Upstate New York.

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  • Peter Papayanakos Peter Papayanakos

    Attorney

    Pete is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. Before joining Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC, Pete had the opportunity to extern with Supreme Court Justice Deborah H. Karalunas and spent a summer working for a prominent local law firm. 

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  • Allison Cherundolo Allison Cherundolo

    Attorney

    Represents individuals in complex litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, employment law, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, personal injury and products liability. She also counsels and represents business entities on numerous issues arising from constantly evolving state and federal employment laws.

    While in law school she was a member of Moot Court Honor Board.

    Prior to joining the firm, Allison spent eight years practicing in Boston, Massachusetts where she was a partner at a firm focusing her practice on labor and employment law. As a Syracuse native, Allison was eager to return to central new York and joined Cherundolo Law in September 2020.

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  • Robin Zimpel-Fontaine Robin Zimpel-Fontaine

    Of Counsel

    Robin is a trial lawyer who has worked on complex cases involving medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic construction accidents, which resulted in large settlements and verdicts for clients.

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  • Patrick Lannon Patrick Lannon

    Of Counsel

    Patrick Lannon represents individuals and business entities, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in civil litigation involving a broad range of personal injury and commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need an attorney for my claim?

    While you are not required by law to work with an attorney, we strongly advise that you do. Both general personal injury and medical malpractice laws are very complex; the processes involved in filing a claim, negotiation with insurance adjusters, and litigating a case in the courtroom are complicated, time-consuming, and intensive. Without a trusted attorney on your side, you risk losing out on the rightful compensation you are owed.

  • What kinds of damages can I recover?

    Every case is different and, therefore, the exact damages you will be able to recover will vary depending on the specific factors involved. That being said, a successful personal injury or medical malpractice claim will generally allow you to recover compensation for any economic or non-economic loss you suffered as a result of the accident/incident. These losses are known as “damages,” and they may include things like medical bills, medication costs, hospital fees, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, property damage, and more.

  • How much does a lawyer cost?

    Nearly all personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys, including those at our firm, offer their legal services on a contingency fee basis. These fees are contingent on your attorney winning your case. So, only if/when your attorney recovers a settlement or verdict in your favor do you owe attorneys’ fees. At that point, attorneys’ fees are paid based on a pre-agreed upon percentage of your total recovery. This means you owe nothing upfront and, in the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you won’t pay a dime. Contact us today to learn more about our fee structure or to request a complimentary case evaluation.

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