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Charles Crane DeStefano

Personal injury Attorney at Staten Island, NY

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1988
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Charles

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Charles DeStefano is admitted to practice law in New York State, United States Federal District Courts (Southern District and Eastern District), United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court (Washington, D.C.). He has represented over 4,000 clients over a period of thrity years.

In addition to being a Past President of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association (representing 90 current members), he is also active in the community. He continues to serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association as Secretary. He is the Founder and Chairperson of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association Summer Internship Program which enables High School and College students to obtain first hand legal experience inthe courts.

 In 2015, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Richmond County Bar Association.  In 2016, he was appointed as Co-Chairman of the Gala Committee by the President of the Richmond County Bar Association. 

He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Pro Bono Scholars Commission and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Appellate Division, Second Department in 2015 to the position.

 Additionally, Mr. DeStefano was appointed to the Red Tape Commission by the New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. He participated at the Commission Hearing with Comptroller Scott Stringer at Saint John's University in November 2015. This is an ongoing commission that will run until the end of the term of office of Comptroller Stringer. 

In 2017, the Mayor of the City of New York directly appointed Mr. DeStefano as Chairperson to the "Mayors Committee on City Marshal," the committee that evaluates prospective candidates for New York City Marshal appointments.


In the Fall of 2015, he was vetted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to run for Congress in New York's 11th Congressional District.


In 2016, the  Chairman of the Democratic Party of Richmond County appointed Mr. DeStefano the the Judiclal Screening Committee.


Mr. DeStefano is the Staten Island delegate to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (the most influential lawyers group in the United States).


He is on the Board of Directors of "La Colmena de Staten Island," which translates to English as "The Beehive of Staten Island," an organization that assists and helps workers and day laborers with respect to issues of safety, finances, and wage protection.


Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tibetan Museum of Art and has met privately with the Dalai Lama on behalf of the museum


For over 20 years he has been "Santa Claus" to children in the Port Richmond area of Staten Island.


He was awarded the John Bruno Award for exellence based on his extensive contribution and work in the community.


Mr. DeStefano was inducted into the select group of Personal Injury Attorneys by the prestigious periodical "New York Super Lawyers" in 2014, 2015, 2016  and 2017.


The Italian Tribune endorsed him as "Distinguished Italian American" for his service to the community and for his professional contributions.


He speak fluent Spanish, is conversant in Italian and French (and rudimentary Russian).


Over the years he has performed pro bono work for the disadvantaged and poor; and has also led a campaign to do free Wills for the terminally ill.


He also has taken an interest in performing pro bono work in cases involving the 1st Amendment (e.g., Artist Scott LoBaido, Publisher Al Goldstein, etc)

Mr DeStefano was mentioned in the 2016 biography of Mike Tyson, Undisputed Truth. He also appears in the 2005 documentary The Trials of Al Goldstein, winner in the NYC Underground Film Festival.


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Charles C. DeStefano
1082 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY, 10301

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Posted by Dylan McDermott | June 18, 2019
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Best in the Business!
Charles is a first rate attorney, who is not only trustworthy but a quality human being. He would always be my first choice!
Posted by Omer | March 14, 2019
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Not just an attorney but a great man
I have the pleasure of knowing Mr. DeStefano for many years, not only he is a great attorney that makes time for, takes care of you and your case but he is someone who became a close friend to me. Personally, for my case, Mr. DeStefano went 100% and left nothing out of it, he is extremely reliable and honest including his office, always there in time of need to help. They will explain every step to you throughout the entire way and make sure you understand what is going on. If you want a lawyer who will go full effort, reliable, and proficient in the field, he is the man for the job. Mr. DeStefano is a man that will take care of you and your case to the fullest. Not only does care for you but treats you and your family as if it’s one of his own. I highly recommend Mr. DeStefano and his staff.
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Posted by Daniela | March 13, 2019
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Competent, thorough lawyer and office
I have had the pleasure of dealing with this law firm on several occasions. Their office is reliable and thorough. Their documentation and explanation of the legal process is thorough. I would highly recommend their services!
Posted by Chris | March 13, 2019
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I have used him many times and I have always been satisfied. Great lawyer and very professional office.
Posted by Joe | June 14, 2016
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I hired an attorney and gained a friend
The last 2 years have been the most difficult of my life. A severe car accident left me with several debilitating injuries and threw my life into such turmoil that I still wonder if I'll ever be even close to the same person that I was beforehand. A short time after the accident, based on a referral from a friend, I set an appointment to meet with Mr DeStefano and honestly didn't know what to expect. I guess I figured that he would ask me questions about the accident, recommend a lawsuit against the insurance company, and that if I were lucky I'd hear from him in a few years about the possibility of a settlement that would help me offset the income loss and medical expenses that I would be incurring. At the time that wasn't very comforting because I didn't really care about a lawsuit that may or may not be settled in the coming years, as my main concerns were more immediate: It was only a few days after the accident and I was already being bombarded with paperwork from the insurance company, and telephone calls from the insurance adjuster, so much so that by the time I entered Charlie's office, I was in physical and mental pain, confused, panicked, and despondent. I had no idea how I was going to get through this, especially considering I was unable to work. Well to my surprise, the majority of the meeting wasn't spent talking about lawsuits. The first question he asked me was how I was feeling, and he explained to me that my well being was what was most important to him. Anyone can say that but the actions of he and his staff over the next few years proved to me that he was a sincere, honest, and caring individual. He went on to help me figure out the best treatments for my injuries, and talked to me about how best to handle the long, difficult road ahead. He made it very clear that trying to recover was the main objective and that he was going to make sure the insurance company covered my medical bills. The lawsuit wasn't the main priority, getting better was. By the time I walked out of his office I had a sense of relief and knew I had made a good decision by choosing him. He fought for me every step of the way, and made me feel like his most important client. At the end of the day I can honestly say that a better job could not have been done. And yes, he kept his word, as not only were my medical expenses paid, but the lawsuit was settled in my favor. I owe a debt to Charlie and his staff because they treated me like a friend in need, and did everything in their power to provide me with positive results.
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Posted by Joseph | October 24, 2014
One of the best lawyers in staten island.
Mr DeStefano is a winner. He is up front with his clients and works very hard to get the best settlement possible for them. He is the guy to call when you need a good and honest Lawyer.......You can place your trust in him.
Posted by Doug | October 24, 2014
a most excellent person and attorney
its starts with being a great person, with care and concern for others as if they were his own family. I know Charles for years and have seen him in many a social situation , the way he treats people etc and he is consistent and reliable. fortunately he was there and helped me in a minor legal matter and it was resolved. anyone needing an attorney regardless of background, religion, ethnicity would be very fortunate to have Charles for their legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2013
Best Personal Injury Attorney!
Mr. DeStefano was my attorney for my second car accident. I was not happy with my first attorney so I sought out a different attorney and am so happy that I did! Mr. DeStefano settled my case very quickly. He is so intelligent, knowledgeable, pleasant and very informative, explaining every step of my case to me whenever I had a question. His staff is so wonderful and helpful. I am very happy that Mr. DeStefano was my attorney and would HIGHLY recommend him!
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Posted by Richard | August 14, 2013
compassionate and creative
I have worked with Charlie as co-counsel on many cases over the past eight years. He is passionate about the law and obtaining justice for his clients. He exhibits a compassion for his injured clients unparallel in our profession. He looks at every issue with a level of creativity that distinguishes him from most members of the bar. I look forward to working with him on many cases in the future amd recommend him highly to all accident victims.
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Posted by Maria | September 8, 2012
A great atorney and a class act!
Charlie is a compassionate man first and an excellent attorney second. He helped me through several years of litigation against an insurance company that was hell bent on limiting my severe injuries award from a car accident claiming it was prior conditions. I was on my way to work one day and a scumbag hit me and left the scene. Not only did Charlie take on the insurance company and win the case but he also gave me the help and assistance I needed to recover from my injuries.
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Posted by Jaime | September 7, 2012
Happy with my case!
2 years ago I had a car accident on the Verrazano with an SUV that hit me from behind near the Belt Parkway exit. The guy that hit me putshed my car about a half a block, then luckily my car stopped before hitting the center part. I hurt my shoulder and back and went right to the hospital, then I saw a nurologist and ortopedic doctor, saw a physical therapist and chirpractor all for about 9 months in total. My neighbor told me to call Mr Destefano. He always called me back when i had questions and told me exactly what his plan was to get me a settlement. I never sued before, but he spelled it all out for me and told me about how he was goimng to first try to settle, then try to get a retired judge to decide it, and finally if that did not work , he was going to take it to court. I was very happy with how he treated me and we finally got what we was looking for to settle the case against Geico. He had all my records, photos of the accident, police report, and sent it to Geico and kept trying to get them to pay me. At the end, he took it to a judge in long island, we sat in a office for 1 hour, and he won the case! He is a nice man and i really liked him the way the talks to you and the way he explains the case to you. He is sharp and knows how to talk to people. I decided to write this because he deserves it and i was happy over all with the way the did his job. He speaks perfect Spanish too (and my mother speaks only Spanish and he explaned the case to her all the way through the end.
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Posted by Alejandro | March 15, 2011
Boutique service - you get a call back from him!
I had another case in 2003 with another lawyer (on Court Street) , but Charles DeStefano would JUMP when I called ...and answered all my questions (even if it took a long time to explain on the phone)...and at the end of the case, he won it at an arbratration. He came to the arbratration with color blowup photos, big fancy diagrams, and all of my medical reports. and it was like TV to watch him put on the case! All i can say is that if you like to be treated like your case is important, then he is the one to go to.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Charles C. DeStefano
  • 1988 - Present


  • Pace Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Juarez v. P&T ll Contracting Corp
  • Settled at mediation for $350,000


  • Workers Center of Port Richmond
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pro Bono Scholars - Second Department Appellate Division
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tibetan Museum of Art
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2011
  • El Centro de Inmigrantes
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Mount Carmel School
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • John Bruno Award
  • Mt Carmel School
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Current legislative topics in Albany
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is a fighter...he knows the law..he knows how to interact well not only with clients, but with adversaries ...Bottom line.. he is competent, hardworking, persuasive, and successful at what he does."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent trial attorney and outstanding member of the bar."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Charles DeStefano for about twenty years. Charles is one of the leaders of the Staten Island Legal Community. He is a compassionate and tireless advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since becoming involved with the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association (of which he is currently the President) I have come to know and respect Mr. DeStefano. He's genuinely concerned about the best interests of his clients and his peers at the bar and I can wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years I have referred a number of clients to Charles. He has handled all my clients with the utmost professionalism. My clients have been very satisfied the results of his representation. Charles is extremely adept at handling clients in need of a bilingual attorney. He is an attorney who is not afraid to fight for his clients cause, regardless of the difficulty of the task before him."
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