Jeff D. DeFrancisco

Jeff D. DeFrancisco

Syracuse, New York
Marissa Sirota attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance. Marissa is a California Certified Mediator and had a pre-law profession in contract negotiation and administration. Marissa began her legal career as a trial lawyer and now enjoys helping families with their estate planning, estate administration and probate needs. Marissa left trial work because she is passionate about proactively planning and avoiding problems as much as possible ahead of time. Marissa finds estate planning to be a great way to proactively plan and prevent problems before they even begin. She also greatly enjoys guiding clients through the trust administration process and the probate process. Marissa’s trial experience helped her to strengthen her communication, organization, and dispute resolution skills and that helps her in every area of her legal practice today. Marissa enjoys traveling, yoga, and distance running and running after her young son.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff - All Types of Personal Injury Cases
  • Birth Injuries
  • Construction Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle and Trucking Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2000


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D.
  • St. John Fisher College in Rochester, Rochester, New York
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Finance
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Top New York Verdicts, 2009
  • Top New York Verdicts, 2010

Representative Cases

  • Holstein v. Community General Hospital Holstein - $1.6M verdict - Appealed to highest Court with victory. (Supreme 2011)
  • Lyon et al. v. Gingold et al. - $10,000,000 verdict at trial

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Perfect 10.0 rating
  • Top 1% Trial Counsel
  • SuperLawyers


  • English