Best's Insurance Professional Resources

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Best's Insurance Professional Resources

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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense

135 Delaware Avenue, Suite 200, Buffalo, New York 14202

Established: 1989

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Liability
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Malpractice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration

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About Us

When looking for trial counsel, please consider Hagelin Spencer LLC. Our law practice is litigation intensive and results oriented. We are full time trial lawyers who know people and know the law. We have substantial experience in complex jury cases. Our rate of success is the envy of our peers. We hire for character, communicate with honesty, and compete with intensity. Our clients tell us they like us. We like and respect them too. We treat our clients the way we want to be treated.

The firm maintains an extensive litigation practice in automobile liability, municipal liability, premises liability, products liability, insurance coverage, malpractice liability, appellate practice, and arbitration.

We have offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Garden City and Jersey City. Our practice takes us throughout New York State. We actively participate in all State, Federal and local courts. We are large enough to handle the largest corporate clientele, while small enough to personalize every assignment. Our support staff is top shelf and highly motivated. Our offices are modern, efficient, tasteful, and accessible.

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Additional Locations

  • Syracuse, New York
  • 1000 7th North Street, Suite 120
  • Syracuse, New York 13088
    • Telephone: 315-701-5768
    • Fax: 315-701-5770
  • Rochester, New York
  • The Powers Building
  • 16 West Main Street, Suite 700
  • Rochester, New York 14614
    • Telephone: 585-325-9000
    • Fax: 585-325-9007

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information


Michael T. Hagelin

Buffalo, NY

  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1983
  • New York State and Erie County (Negligence Committee) Bar Associations
  • Western New York Defense Lawyers Association
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., History, 1977
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1980

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Sean M. Spencer

Buffalo, NY

  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2014
  • American and Erie County Bar Associations
  • Trinity College, B.A., 1999
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2006

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Of Counsel

Keith D. Miller

John H. Hagelin


Michael J. Mernin

Megan F. Organek

Matthew D. Pfalzer

Jeffrey S. Dorman

Richard J. Porter

Daniel R. Coleman

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