James D. Lantier

Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet, PC

Rochester, New York 14621


Business, Civil, Construction, Healthcare, Insurance, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Jim specializes in medical malpractice defense litigation. Jim has extensive trial experience beginning as an Assistant District Attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office and over 30 years of trial experience as a civil litigator. He concentrates his practice in professional liability matters and administrative and licensing procedures. His professional liability experience has been in defense of physicians, dentists, attorneys, accountants, nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, and other licensed professionals. He also lectures extensively to professional organizations and the State and County Bar Associations. I also have experience in litigating commercial disputes, general liability, automobile accident litigation, insurance coverage disputes and products liability


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Boston College, Cum Laude, B.A., 1969

Admitted to Practice

  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
250 South Clinton Street
Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13202

P: 315-474-2911
F: 315-474-6015
E: [email protected]