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Stephen T. Helmer
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email: shelmer@mackenziehughes.com
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Areas of Practice include:

Environmental
Insurance Coverage & Defense
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Professional Liability
Public Law & Policy



Stephen T. Helmer, Chair of the Firm's Executive Committee and Chair of the Litigation Department, joined Mackenzie Hughes in 1982 and has been a partner since 1989. He has extensive trial experience in State and Federal Courts. Stephen has litigated and argued appeals at every level, including in New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals. He also counsels various clients on education, general business, commercial and management issues. His practice concentrates in civil litigation including commercial disputes, personal injury defense, product liability, medical malpractice, and insurance coverage. In more than one hundred instances, Stephen has been employed by members of the Bar as an arbitrator or as a mediator to resolve complex and difficult matters.

Stephen graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Le Moyne College in 1979 and he received his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University in 1982. While a student, Stephen was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit College Honor Society) and Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences Honor Society.) He was admitted to the New York State Courts and U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York in 1983. In 1996, Stephen was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, and in 2003 he was admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

Stephen is a member of the Onondaga County, New York State, and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. Stephen has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation for the past 13 years. Stephen was named Best Lawyers 2016 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" for Syracuse. Since 2007 Stephen has been listed as one of the 94 Best Lawyers in Central New York and one of the New York Area's Best Lawyers. Stephen has also been listed as one of New York's "Super Lawyers" for many years, and has been named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York.

In 2010, Stephen was appointed by New York State Bar Association President Stephen Younger to his Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession.

Stephen is a Trustee of the Le Moyne College Board of Trustees and the Immaculate Conception Church. His past and present board memberships include the Le Moyne College Board of Trustees, the Le Moyne College Board of Regents, the Le Moyne College Board of Governors, the Town of Manlius Republican Party Committee, the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Eastern Branch, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Center State CEO, the Rosewood Nursing Home, the Fayetteville-Manlius Little League, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District Facilities Committee, the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association, and the Immaculate Conception Facilities Expansion Committee and Parish Council. Stephen is counsel for the Immaculate Conception Church and School in Fayetteville, New York.

Stephen is a member of the Le Moyne College Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in NCAA Division II baseball. During his four years on the varsity team, he was named to several state and regional all-star teams and twice played in the College World Series.

Stephen is often called on by the New York State Bar Association and professional groups to lecture on such topics as "Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases", "Expert Witnesses", "Direct and Cross Examination", "Municipal Liability", "Trial Practice", "Update on the Law", and "Summations." He authored the "New York Supplement" to Basic Civil Litigation by Herbert Feuerhake and served on the Editorial Advisory Board of New York Motor Vehicle Accidents by Gary B. Pillersdorf, John F. Scarzafave and J. Michael Hayes.

During six of Stephen's years with Mackenzie Hughes, he was an instructor at University College of Syracuse University, where he taught Civil Practice to paralegal students.

Stephen surgically donated bone marrow through The American Red Cross to a family member with Leukemia. In 2005, Stephen and his wife Susan received Catholic Charities President's Medallion for charitable work in the Central New York community. Stephen and his family participated in the annual Fresh Air Fund program by providing in-home summer vacations for inner-city youths. He also enjoys coaching and supporting various youth sports programs such as baseball, basketball, soccer, women's lacrosse and Pop Warner football. Stephen is also an avid reader of political biographies and historical works, as well as a sports and movie trivia fan.


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Stephen Helmer provided the keynote address to the Le Moyne College Student-Athletes honored for academic achievement.

 

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