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Steven Schafer has spent his career helping people who have been injured find the justice they deserve. Steve first practiced with a plaintiffs law firm in Groton, Connecticut, where he represented many shipyard workers who had been injured from asbestos and other hazards of the work place. Later, he practiced with a major Boston trial firm where he was responsible for a broad scope of personal injury cases, including product liability cases involving industrial machinery, elevator accident cases, construction site negligence cases, automobile tort cases, and medical malpractice cases. Steve started his own firm in 1985.
Steve is well known in the New England legal community. He has been named by his peers to the last several editions of Woodward and White’s The Best Lawyers in America for his work as a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer. He served as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys in 1998-99 and has sat on the Association’s Board of Governors since 1987. Steve also represented Massachusetts as a Governor and a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Steve has testified on Beacon Hill and has appeared in the media on civil justice issues, as an advocate for consumers. He frequently lectures to lawyers on personal injury law, and discovery and trial techniques. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. magna cum laude in economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Steve grew up on a working dairy farm in Massachusetts, where he learned to work with machinery and to build things, skills that he applies to many of our client’s cases. Today he lives in Dover, Massachusetts, where he is raising his two children. Steve’s late wife, Audrey Cutler, was a labor lawyer and Of Counsel to the firm for several years.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, General Tort, Product Liability||Super Lawyers - Massachusetts||2009|
|Phi Kappa Phi||University of Massachusetts, Amherst||1976|
|Principal||Steven H. Schafer & Associates||1985 - Present|
|Associate||Meehan, Boyle & Cohen, P.C.||1985 - 1985|
|Associate||Parker, Coulter, Daley & White||1981 - 1984|
|Associate||O'Brien, Shafner, Bartinik, Stuart & Kelly, P.C.||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys||President||1998 - 1999|
|Massachusetts Consumer Justice Foundation||Founding President||1998 - 1999|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Board of Delegates||1998 - 1999|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys||President-elect||1997 - 1998|
|American Association for Justice||State Governor||1992 - 1997|
|American Association for Justice||State Delegate||1989 - 1992|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Board of Governors, Medical Negligence Committee||Member||N/A|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Federal Legislative Committee, Contingent Fee Committee, Key Person Committee||Past Chair||N/A|
|InjuryBoard; see listing at www.injuryboard.com||Member||N/A|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Product Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, Nursing Home Litigation Group||Sustaining Member||N/A|
|Norfolk County (Mass.) Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Boston College Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude||1976|
|Numerous Continuing Legal Education Programs||Personal Injury Law, Trial Practice, Demonstrative Evidence, Discovery Practice, Juror Voir Dire, Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse||N/A|