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Margaret E. Somerset

Senior Counsel

Canandaigua, NY

(585) 258-2821


Health care professionals dedicate their lives to helping others. But who helps them when they need legal advice?

Margaret has been a dedicated advocate for the health care industry for her entire career. For more than two decades, she has built a litigation practice defending numerous claims against health care providers and small businesses. She has also represented individuals, successfully prosecuting breach of contract, personal injury, civil rights and college tenure cases.

Margaret's dedication to defending the health care industry extends from physicians' groups to paramedics, nursing homes to nurse practitioners, doctors to dentists, and hospitals to homecare agencies. Her experience in handling matters for both health care employees and providers has afforded her a unique perspective on the inner workings and increasingly complex legal ramifications of American health care. She has counseled her clients in matters such as medical malpractice, regulatory compliance (HIPAA), peer review, professional medical discipline, the mental hygiene law, credentialing, record-keeping, electronic medical records and risk management.

Margaret has been a clinical faculty member on trial-related coursework for the nurse paralegal program at the University of Rochester, and has presented seminars to both health care professionals and lawyers on a number of subjects, including medical malpractice claims; elder care issues; Public Health Law compliance and liability; risk management for physician offices, nursing homes, and hospital surgical teams; federal civil rights litigation; and the development and management of a legal practice.

She is an approved counselor for numerous major insurance companies and is co-chair of our Insurance Defense Practice Group. Margaret is formerly the managing partner of the Somerset Law Firm, LLC, and was a partner at Harris Beach and Wilcox, LLC. As a member of Underberg & Kessler's Health Care Practice Group, she furthers our firm's reputation as a premier legal practice for the health care industry, a complex area of law that is well served by her insight, experience and compassion.


Syracuse University
College of Law, J.D. (cum laude)

Providence College, B.A.


New York State


US District Court - Western District of NY

​US District Court - Northern District of NY

​New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Fourth Judicial Department


A member of the Monroe County Bar Association, Margaret is also involved with several committees for the Thompson Health System. She is the chair of the ethics committee, a member of the quality & safety committee, serves on the executive team, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Thompson Health System.


Margaret has been named to the 2009-2023 editions of Best Lawyers in America® and was honored with their 2016 Rochester "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants. She is also a 2012-2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyer group represents the top 5% of attorneys in Upstate New York who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Margaret won the 2019 Canandaigua Athena Leadership Award. She was a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award, an annual recognition of emerging leaders in Rochester.


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