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Lorraine R. Mertell

Lorraine joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2012 as a partner in the litigation department. She has over 35 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including: construction site and motor vehicle accidents, product liability and asbestos claims, premises liability and general negligence, commercial and business disputes, contract interpretation, and declaratory judgment actions. Lorraine has appeared before State and Federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative and alternative dispute resolution venues. Lorraine lives in Pompey with her husband Jeff. They are avid sports fans, including Syracuse University football, basketball and lacrosse. Lorraine also enjoys gardening and collecting antiques.

Practice Areas

Professional and Community Activities


  • Member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Trustee, of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Contact Community Service
  • Serves annually as a judge for Onondaga County’s High School Mock Trial competition



  • Lecturer at a variety of New York State Bar Association CLE seminars


  • Bachelor of Science degree, St. Lawrence University (cum laude) (majoring in both mathematics and physics)
  • Juris Doctorate, Albany Law School


  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District and Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Onondaga County and Madison County Bar Associations


Attorney Mertell Elected to Contact Board

Mackenzie Hughes LLP and Contact Community Services Inc. are pleased to announce that Lorraine R. Mertell has been elected to the Contact Board of Directors. Mertell is a partner in the Mackenzie Hughes Litigation Department. Contact Community Services is a not-for-profit organization offering programs that foster the emotional, behavioral and social well-being of people of […]

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Attorney Joins Mackenzie Hughes’ Litigation Department

SYRACUSE, NY- Mackenzie Hughes, LLP has hired a new attorney for its litigation department. Lorraine Rann Mertell joins the firm as a partner. She has over 30 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters. Lorraine graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University and received her Juris […]

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Insurance Coverage and the Carless College Student

In a few weeks, parents around the country will be packing up their college students and sending them off to school. And many of those students, particularly the freshman, will not have cars. That does not necessarily mean they won’t be involved in car accidents though, because carless students are always looking to borrow a […]

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