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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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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    35 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    35 years
  3. Nursing Home Abuse: 10%
    27 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    35 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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Contact info

Steven H. Schafer & Associates, Counsellors at Law

Downtown: 141 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02110
Route 128 Office: 197 First Avenue, Needham, MA 02494
Boston and Needham (Route 128 Office), MA, 02110-1209


CTAdministrative Suspension197907/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Personal Injury and Medical MalpracticeBest Lawyers in America2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, General Tort, Product LiabilitySuper Lawyers - Massachusetts2009
Phi Kappa PhiUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSteven H. Schafer & Associates1985 - Present
AssociateMeehan, Boyle & Cohen, P.C.1985 - 1985
AssociateParker, Coulter, Daley & White1981 - 1984
AssociateO'Brien, Shafner, Bartinik, Stuart & Kelly, P.C.1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Norfolk County (Mass.) Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Board of Governors, Medical Negligence CommitteeMemberN/A
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Product Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, Nursing Home Litigation GroupSustaining MemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
InjuryBoard; see listing at www.injuryboard.comMemberN/A
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Federal Legislative Committee, Contingent Fee Committee, Key Person CommitteePast ChairN/A
Massachusetts Consumer Justice FoundationFounding President1998 - 1999
Massachusetts Bar AssociationBoard of Delegates1998 - 1999
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysPresident1998 - 1999
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysPresident-elect1997 - 1998
American Association for JusticeState Governor1992 - 1997
American Association for JusticeState Delegate1989 - 1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Massachusetts, AmherstEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Numerous Continuing Legal Education ProgramsPersonal Injury Law, Trial Practice, Demonstrative Evidence, Discovery Practice, Juror Voir Dire, Nursing Home Negligence and AbuseN/A