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Steven H Schafer

Medical malpractice Attorney at Framingham, MA

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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 43 years
    Connecticut - CT 44 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1979
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

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Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    I have represented injured patients and their families in medical negligence cases for almost the entirety of my practice, beginning in 1981.

    42 years

  2. Wrongful death
    At least 20% of our cases involve wrongful death claims brought by a deceased person's family and next of kin. Wrongful death claims can fall under any of the above areas of personal injury law.

    42 years

  3. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    I have represented residents of nursing homes, and their families, since 1985. I have litigated cases involving the broad scope of nursing home and neglect subjects, including: falls and fractures, negligent transport of residents, malnutrition and dehydration, medication errors, untreated pressure sores and skin ulcers, burn injuries, entrapment in bedrails, unsupervised Alzheimer's residents.

    34 years

  4. Birth injury
    I have represented children and their parents in obstetrical malpractice cases for over twenty years.

    42 years

  5. Car accident
    I have represented persons injured in motor vehicle accidents - drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bystanders - for the entirety of my practice beginning in 1979.

    42 years

  6. Defective and dangerous products
    We have represented clients who have been injured on a broad gamut of defective industrial and consumer products, ranging from machines in factories, to tools on worksites, to household products and children's toys.

    42 years

  7. Personal injury
    Almost all of our cases involve personal injuries suffered by individuals or family members in one context or another. Unfortunately, the pie chart provided here makes it difficult to correctly explain this fact.

    42 years

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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Senior Paralegal Irene Libin assists in evaluating new cases, overseeing procurement of medical records and other documents vital to case preparation, and assists in responding to discovery.  Irene particularly enjoys the forensic aspects of her work.
Attorneys Lana Sullivan and Steven Schafer outside the Norfolk County Superior Court House in Dedham, Massachusetts.
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Steven H Schafer & Associates
405 Cochituate Road (Route 30)
Framingham, MA, 01701


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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
  • 1976


  • 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
  • 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
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Board of Delegates
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Massachusetts Consumer Justice Foundation
  • Founding President
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, General Tort, Product Liability
  • Super Lawyers - Massachusetts
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous Continuing Legal Education Programs
  • Personal Injury Law, Trial Practice, Demonstrative Evidence, Discovery Practice, Juror Voir Dire, Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
  • N/A

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Framingham Medical malpractice Lawyer Steven H Schafer
Steven H Schafer
Medical malpractice Attorney
Framingham, MA
Licensed for 44 years
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