Academy Member Inducted 2023

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James W. Cunningham, Mediator, Syracuse, New York.

James W. Cunningham

Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet P.C.
250 S Clinton Street
Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel: (315) 474-2911
Fax: (315) 474-6015
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Recognized to New York Chapter for Mediation
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  • Practice Commenced2015
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)225
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)10
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Jim started with the Smith Sovik Law Firm over 30 years ago and has been practicing law as a personal injury litigator ever since.  Jim's practice is split evenly between Plaintiff and Defense cases, having tried, appealed and settled hundreds of cases in both State and Federal Court with great success.  He has handled and resolved numerous million-dollar settlements on both sides as well.  Jim has been named a top-rated personal injury attorney on the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list every year since 2009 and has been consistently listed as one of the top 50 lawyers.

In addition to practicing as a personal injury trial lawyer and private mediator, Jim is approved by the Northern District (NDNY) as a Federal Court mediator as well as the 3rd, 4th and 5th Judicial Districs for the New York State Court Mediation Program.  Aside from serving as mediator in hundreds of mediations, he is certified through the American Arbitration Association.  

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1994
  • LeMoyne College, B.S., 1990

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • US District Court Northern District of New York
  • Untied States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association

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