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Western New York

Nicholas, Perot, Smith, Bernhardt, & Zosh

12364 Main Road Route 5, Akron, NY 14001 

Additional offices in:
Arcade  ~  Cheektowaga  ~  Niagra Falls  ~  Olean  ~  Tonawanda  ~  Warsaw  ~  Rochester

Buffalo, New York injury lawyers offices.

We help people from Niagara Falls to Jamestown and everywhere in between. The New York lawyers at Nicholas, Perot, Smith, Bernhardt & Zosh are dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve for your personal injury case. 


Vehicle Accidents

Nursing Home Abuse

Premises Liability

Workers’ Compensation

Social Security Disability

Product Liability 

Slip & Fall


Back & Spine

Dog Bites

Soft Tissue

Repetitive Stress



Broken Bones

Dan Smith

Dan was born and raised in Western New York. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College, and attended law school at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., where he obtained his law degree in 1989. Throughout law school, Dan concentrated his efforts in both criminal and civil litigation.

After law school, he returned to Western New York and began working under the direct tutelage of the founder of the firm, John E. Nicholas. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity was presented to Dan to open up a new branch of the existing law firm in the Central New York area. In 1993, the firm opened its doors in Syracuse, New York, under the management and supervision of Dan Smith. The new firm became known as Nicholas, Perot, Smith, Welch & Smith, which now serves the entire Central New York area, including Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, Elmira, and Rochester.

Upon John Nicholas’s retirement in May 2004, Dan was presented with the opportunity to take over for his mentor and became President of the law offices of Nicholas, Perot, and Smith. He currently resides in Central New York, but spends a great deal of his time in all of the offices. He enjoys sports, travel, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Dan is a member of numerous County Bar Associations, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Trial Lawyers Association, and is a member in good standing of the American Association of Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation group. 

Larry Perot

perotLarry Perot was born in Buffalo and raised in Lancaster, New York.

After completing his undergraduate work at SUNY-Albany, Larry graduated from the SUNY-Buffalo Law School.

He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981.

Larry focuses his practice on negligence claims, Social Security Disability claims, and estates.

He is licensed to practice in all New York State courts as well as the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York.

He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Craig H. Bernhardt

Mr. Bernhardt is a graduate of St. John Fisher College where he majored in Economics and a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University with a concentration in Civil Litigation. He was a Semi-Finalist in the Albany Law School Senior Prize Trial Competition earning a reputation as a vigorous litigator.

His legal career began at the firm where he quickly demonstrated his abilities and through his successes was promoted to named partner within three years at the age of 28, an accomplishment recognized by very few within the profession. Mr. Bernhardt has always been an aggressive and proactive advocate on behalf of those he represents.

Mr. Bernhardt focuses his practice on representing those who have been severely injured through the fault of others in traumatic accidents. He has prided himself on assisting families in their time of need and his passion, dedication, and integrity in doing so are unparalleled.

Mr. Bernhardt is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and in his free time enjoys numerous sporting activities and spending time with his family.

Michael Zosh

Michael Zosh was raised in Alden, New York. After graduating from Alden High School, he joined the Army and was on Active Duty for 3 years.  During his three year obligation, he served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the “Gulf War”.  In 1991, he was honorably discharged from active duty and transferred to the Army Reserves.  Michael then began his undergraduate work at Erie Community College, where he participated in Baseball.  After graduating with distinction from E.C.C. with an Associate of Science Degree he transferred to Niagara University.  While at NU, he played baseball and participated in Army ROTC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education with a minor in History and graduated magna cum laude. Soon thereafter, Michael made the decision to pursue a career in law. He received his Juris Doctor from SUNY-Buffalo Law School. Michael gained admission to the New York State Bar in 1998. 

As a partner at Nicholas, Perot, Smith, Bernhardt & Zosh, Michael concentrates his legal practice on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability. He occasionally handles criminal defense and matrimonial law cases, but dedicates the majority of his time to helping injured New York workers. 

Since 2000, Michael has served as an Army Reserve JAG Officer. In 2011, he was ordered to Active Duty and completed an 11-month tour with 8 months deployed in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, a deployment which began only days after the birth of his son.

Michael is a member of the New York State Defenders Association. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and softball.

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