Syracuse-based trial lawyer, John Cherundolo was sworn in on May 20, 2014 as the President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, a statewide Association made up of approximately 2,500 trial lawyers. It was the 10th Anniversary of the Academy, a group that was originally founded in 2004 by John Cherundolo, John Powers, Jim Duffy and Bob Lahm. The four had been past Presidents of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and recognized the need to stress professionalism, legal education, and support for a strong and independent court system, all in a way that promotes professionalism among all members of the Academy and those trial lawyers that practice their profession in the Courts of New York. The Academy provides free legal education for all of its members, thus fostering a strong continuing legal education program within an Academy that was organized to protect the independence of the New York Court System, and the individual rights of all people within the State of New York. John Cherundolo and the Board of Directors were sworn in by the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York, the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti. Judge Prudenti pledged to support the Associations’ cause to keep a strong and independent judiciary, where all citizens of the State of New York can be treated fairly when involved in legal actions and proceedings in the State.
John Cherundolo is the Senior Partner at Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC, a Syracuse-based law firm that specializes in the field of personal injury. Cherundolo has had many of the largest verdicts in Upstate New York, and is uniformly considered to be one of the finest trial lawyers in the United States. Cherundolo Law Firm represents clients throughout New York State, and into the North Eastern United States. Having tried several hundred cases involving injured clients to a verdict over his career, John Cherundolo is one of the most experienced lawyers anywhere in New York State. Cherundolo most recently served as a Judge in the Supreme Court of New York State for seven (7) years before returning to the practice of law. “It is a profession that I love, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. As much as I enjoyed the time spent on the bench as a Supreme Court Judge, there is simply nothing more fulfilling than representing an individual whose life has been drastically altered by injury, and helping them find the means to live their life with dignity and some comfort for them and their family. I look forward to working with all of my Academy members to further strengthen the Court System of the State of New York, and to support the Academy in the protection of individual rights throughout NYS; and at the same time provide the finest legal education program anywhere in the state at no cost to our members.”