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Mark Schneider (left) of Plattsburgh has teamed up with Drew Palcsik of Middlebury, Vt., to form a new law firm that enhances service for clients. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Lawyers pool talent for benefit of clients

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — Two local lawyers have joined forces to specialize in personal-injury and disability cases.

Plattsburgh-based attorney Mark Schneider welcomed Middlebury, Vt.-based Drew Palcsik as a partner Jan. 1. The firm is now called Schneider and Palcsik, with offices in both Plattsburgh and Middlebury.

The two had worked together in an unofficial capacity for the last three years, Schneider said.

“I realized he adds a lot to the business. He’s a very good personal-injury lawyer,” Schneider said, adding that’s the direction in which the firm is currently headed.

 Millions recovered

During that time, they had recovered millions for their clients in personal-injury and disability cases. Schneider specializes in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability cases.

Palcsik said they want to make people aware they can receive top-notch legal assistance locally. They will often seek a firm that practices in the larger metropolitan areas because they believe that’s the only way to find the best possible representation.

“We think people should know that’s what we do,” Palcsik said.

While they are often successful in reaching a settlement before a trial starts, Palcsik said, they are willing to go the distance for their clients. The partners are prepared to go up against the large firms based in major metropolitan areas. 

Schneider and Palcsik only get paid for personal-injury and disability cases if they are successful.

“The best part is our clients never write us a check,” Palcsik said. “We don’t get paid unless they get paid.”

Schneider and Palcsik are always wary of new ways that insurance companies will employ to try to get a share of someone’s settlement award.

One recent case involved a client injured in an auto collision. After they settled the case, the county asserted a lien for almost half of the money awarded

“We fought for her because the claim they made was for way more than they were entitled,” Schneider said. “The judge said they were not entitled to any of it.”

Cover both states

Both attorneys are licensed to practice in New York and Vermont. Most of their clients are from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties in New York and a similarly sized area in Vermont.

Schneider has practiced law for 33 years, while Palcsik has 16 years of experience. They first worked together briefly when Palcsik was just out of law school and noticed even then they made a good team.

“With our experience focusing on personal Injury and disabilities, we’re able to provide high-quality representation in the North Country,” Schneider said. 

Schneider has a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the University of Maine and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston College of Law. After years working to represent migrant farm workers in Texas, Maine and Michigan, Schneider opened his Plattsburgh office in 1996.

Palcsik said he received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, followed by a master’s degree in social work from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University.

He is a member of the Vermont Association of Justice and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Kaela Homburger is the firm’s litigation paralegal for personal-injury cases and intake specialist for Social Security cases. She was born and raised in Plattsburgh.

Leah McDaniel is the firm’s legal assistant, office manager and intake specialist for bankruptcy cases. She was born and raised in West Chazy, and is the newest member of the North Country Law family. 

For more information, visit www.northcountrylaw.com or call 566-6666.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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