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Civil Litigation
Representing clients in civil litigation is the heart and soul of the firm. The depth of experience in the firm's litigation practice is tremendous with the attorneys in the firm having a combined experience of over 100 years. Because of our aggressive handling of cases, we are in court often and our attorneys feel totally comfortable in front of judges and juries. The firm's philosophy is that every lawsuit handled by the firm, whether as plaintiff's counsel or as defense counsel, must be prepared and litigated as if it will go to trial. Because of this philosophy and attention to preparation, the cases we handle will often settle without a trial.

Although a form of civil litigation, subrogation is a specialty area of law that requires a unique level of experience that not many law firms have. HW&L has handled subrogation matters on behalf of insurance carriers for over 25 years; obtaining consistent and successful results every year. We handle all nature of subrogation cases. Whether the loss involves a complex product liability or fire loss, down to the simple recovery for damage to an automobile, the firm can handle your subrogation claim.

Additionally, there are times when early involvement of an attorney, engineer, or cause and origin expert is required to pinpoint the cause of the occurrence and to preserve evidence. Over the years, we have developed and nurtured strong relationships with engineers and other experts across Upstate and Central New York to help us with our pre-litigation investigation. Also, at HW&L we are ready at a moments notice to coordinate the investigation, travel to the site of the loss, to conduct an investigation, gather evidence and talk with our experts. It is our belief that diligent pre-litigation investigation is the key to successful recoveries in many subrogation claims.

The firm has also developed an expertise in the specialized area of No-Fault and APIP benefits. Whether we are called upon to handle Loss-Transfer Arbitration to recover First Party Benefits, or commence an action to recover Additional Personal Injury Protection ("APIP") benefits, HW&L aggressively and efficiently pursues the subrogation rights of insurance carriers.

Other areas of Litigation:
  • Appellate litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Casualty and life insurance
  • Construction contract disputes and construction personal injury
  • Contract litigation
  • Insurance coverage disputes.
  • Municipal and public authority liability
  • Article 78 Proceedings
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Product liability
  • Property damage litigation
We understand the importance of getting your debt collections handled appropriately. Our attorneys have been instrumental in providing creditors with professional, efficient and successful recovery of debts owed in the State of New York for many years. Our collections fees are based upon a percentage of what we are able to collect. We do not bill by the hour on collection matters and we do not require a mandatory flat fee for any collection case. We will personally arrange for a highly effective collection campaign that is just right for you or your company's bad debt collection. One of the major differences with our collection practice from other law firms is that the attorneys at HW&L are all experienced litigators and trial attorneys. As a result, we are prepared to handle all facets of your collection matters, including taking the case to trial.

Bankruptcy/Debt Relief
We understand that there are many reasons you may be having financial difficulties. We will look at your entire financial situation and explore all the financial options with you so that you can make an educated decision on what course of action makes the most sense to help you get back on sound financial ground. Whether it is creditor negotiation, debt reorganization or a complete discharge of qualified debts, we will thoroughly explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of each option and then effectively and quickly accomplish your goals.

Because we do debt/bankruptcy relief and bankruptcy legal work, we are mandated, under Title 11 of the United States Code, to state the following: "We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. This may also include a "federally supervised repayment plan," if you qualify.

Matrimonial and Family Law
Each member of HW&L handles matrimonial and family law matters. From the complex matrimonial down to the uncontested divorce action; from the challenging and emotionally charged custody dispute to the difficult domestic violence proceeding, the attorneys at HW&L have the sensitivity, patience, skill and knowledge to handle your matrimonial or family law matter. Because of our size, you are guaranteed personalized and individual attention to you and your case.

Our attorneys are experienced practitioners and litigators in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including:
  • prenuptial agreements
  • postnuptial agreements
  • legal separation
  • divorce
  • spousal support
  • paternity
  • custody and visitation
  • custody relocation
  • child support
Real Estate
Our dedicated real estate paralegal has over twenty years handling all aspects of real estate transactions. From the purchase of a small house to the sale of a mansion, HW&L can handle your real estate needs. Our fees for real estate are competitive, but our service is extraordinary. We will always be available to you no matter what questions you may have and no matter what difficulty may arise. Our attorneys handle:
  • Residential transactions
  • Relocation transactions
  • Commercial transactions
  • Mortgages and refinancing existing mortgages

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Rochester, NY 14614
Tel: (585) 232-2225
Fax: (585) 232-6327

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