We think winning means keeping you out of court. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. When that happens, you’ll appreciate having our experienced litigators on your side. Drawn from many different backgrounds and practice areas, they contribute a wide variety of perspectives and skills. So you’ll be represented not by a single attorney, but by a powerful team of litigators who all work together seamlessly.

We’re involved with the full spectrum of dispute resolution including complex corporate and commercial, products liability, property, environmental, insurance coverage and defense, and professional liability litigation. We represent national, regional and local clients, handling all aspects of trial and appellate work before federal, state and local courts, and regulatory agencies. Cases include:

Commercial Litigation

  • Accounting
  • Administrative proceedings involving local/state governments
  • Antitrust claims
  • Banking and finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business and stock valuations
  • Construction projects and liens
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate and partnership dissolution
  • Director and officer liability
  • Employment disputes
  • Engineering
  • Fiduciary duties and claims
  • Formation/dissolution of business and property rights
  • Franchise relationships and agreements
  • Intellectual property (copyright, trademark and patents)
  • Not-for-profit corporations
  • Public bidding and contracts
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) litigation

Environmental Claims and Toxic Torts

First Amendment and Civil Rights

Insurance Coverage and Defense

  • Products liability
  • Negligence
  • Automobile

Health Care

  • Health care industry corporate matters
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Professional licensure matters
  • Regulatory compliance

Professional Malpractice Defense

Products Liability

Real Property

  • Eminent domain
  • Tax certiorari
  • Zoning

Securities Fraud and Claims

Shareholder Disputes




Megan K. Thomas Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Megan Thomas has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as an associate attorney and will concentrate her legal practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice, construction and architectural defense, and appeals. Thomas spent six years as a Teach for America Corps Member prior to becoming an attorney. She currently is a member of the…

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Jennifer Caggiano Wins Summary Judgment for Employer in Farming Accident

We recently secured a victory to dismiss a wrongful death claim against the Defendant dairy farm employer.  The Court found that the employer had secured a valid worker’s compensation insurance policy and that the employer did not intend to cause any harm to the employee.  The Court determined the employer established that none of the…

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Ian S. Ludd Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Business Department

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ian Ludd has recently joined the business department of Mackenzie Hughes LLP after graduating cum laude with both a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. During Law School Ian was a member…

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What is Mediation, and Why Does it Work?

In recent years, I have developed a busy practice as a mediator, while also continuing to pursue my very active litigation practice.  What is mediation?  It is a voluntary settlement conference, in which the parties to a dispute try to negotiate an agreement resolving their differences, with the assistance of a neutral third-party facilitator, called…

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I’ve Been Summoned for Jury Duty. Now What?

What do you think of when you hear the words “jury duty”? To many people, the term “jury duty” brings to mind a civic obligation; a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center Survey found that roughly two-thirds of American adults believe that serving on a jury “is part of what it means to be…

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To Shovel, or Not to Shovel

Winter is upon us in Central New York, complicating our morning commutes and creating more work for us each morning as we clean off our cars and shovel our driveways. Recently, in the City of Syracuse, clearing snow from sidewalks has become a hot button issue as the Common Council contemplated whether to impose fines…

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