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James W. Smith

James Smith, a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and Syracuse University College of Law was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1972.

Mr. Smith is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New York County Bar Association.

Mr. Smith began his career as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Attorney with Utica Mutual Insurance Company until 1977 when he joined the law firm of Petrone & Petrone P.C.  At the Petrone firm, Mr. Smith represented insurance carriers and self-insured employers at workers’ compensation hearings. He also represented clients in collection and subrogation matters.


In 1988, Mr. Smith joined RMSCO, Inc., a New York licensed workers’ compensation administrator and served as the Qualifying Officer, Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager and Chief Legal Officer.

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