Paul D. McCormick

Paul D. McCormick


Practice Groups

Selected for inclusion on Business First's Who's Who in Law and multiple times to Thomson Reuters' Upstate New York Super Lawyers lists, Paul McCormick is a litigator and trial lawyer with 20 years of experience defending corporations, insurance companies, and insureds in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, transportation litigation, premises liability, product liability, New York worksite injuries, and complex toxic tort liability. 

Paul concentrates his practice on insurance coverage and defense litigation. He has successfully defended clients in a variety of areas, including no-fault insurance coverage, UM/UIM/SUM insurance coverage, motor vehicle liability, premises liability, construction site personal injury accidents (Labor Law §§ 200, 240(1) and 241 (6)), and police misconduct (42 USC Section 1983) civil rights litigation. He has handled tractor-trailer loss-transfer arbitration hearings and property damage claims. Paul practices in courts throughout New York, including the state's appellate courts, and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Paul co-authored a chapter on the emerging topic of mergers and acquisitions insurance for New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, a seminal treatise on insurance law in the United States. He authored "Countering Plaintiff's Attempts to Maximize Damages: Communicating with Jurors about Money," an article published in the DRI's For The Defense magazine, and he co-authored an article titled "Potential Causation and Damage Issues in Hurriance Irene Insurance Claims" in the Westlaw Journal: Insurance Coverage. Paul is a frequent writer and panelist for continuing legal education seminars on such topics as no-fault insurance coverage, UM/UIM/SUM insurance coverage, trial tactics, and premises liability.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007, 2013-2016
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law list
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Civic Activities
  • Cub Scout Den Co-Leader, Cub Scout Pack 1776, Greater Niagara Frontier Council (Red Jacket District), Boy Scouts of America
  • Canisius College Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Council
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1993
  • Canisius College, magna cum laude, B.A., 1990
  • Co-Author, “Potential Causation and Damage Issues in Hurricane Irene Insurance Claims,” Westlaw Journal: Insurance Coverage, September 30, 2011
  • Presenter, "Update on Bad Faith in New York," 2011 Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York Bar Association, September 28, 2011
  • Presenter, "Making an Ethical Appeal," National Business Institute Seminar - Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process, September 16, 2011
  • Presenter, "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law: A Balanced Look at Overcoming Challenges in UM/UIM Law," National Business Institute, Buffalo, NY, May 4, 2011
  • Co-Author, "Mergers and Acquisitions Insurance," New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, LexisNexis, Chapter 32, May 2011
  • Buffalo Co-Chair, 2010 New York State Bar Association Seminar — 2010 Law School for Insurance Professionals  More than the Basics
  • Author and Lecturer, "Making An Ethical Appeal" and "Drafting A Winning Appellate Brief," National Business Institute Seminar, 2010
  • Author and Lecturer, "Discovery Ethics" and "Electronic Discovery In A Nutshell," National Business Institute Seminar — Practical Discovery From A to Z, 2010
  • Author and Lecturer, "Key Elements of UM/SUM Coverage," National Business Institute Seminar — Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim, 2010
  • Author and Lecturer, 2010 Lorman Educational Services Live Teleconference Seminar —  New York Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Issues