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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.).


In addition to being the Immediate Past President of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association (representing 90 current members), he is also active in the community. He continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association.


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 2015, the Mayor of the City of New York directly appointed Mr. DeStefano to the "Mayors Committee for the City Marshal." His tenure runs runs through 2017.


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.


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


Mr. DeStefano is the Founder of the "Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association Summer Internship Program" (which is geared towards high school and college students who have an interest in becoming lawyers).


Additonally, he created the "Staten Island Trial Lawyers Award" which is given to law students each year.


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 and 2016.


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.




Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Personal Injury: 95%
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%



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    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.


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    One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer.


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Charles C. DeStefano

1082 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY, 10301


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
John Bruno AwardMt Carmel School2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Charles C. DeStefano1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Workers Center of Port RichmondBoard Member2014 - Present
Staten Island Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2013 - Present
Pro Bono Scholars - Second Department Appellate DivisionBoard Member2013 - Present
Tibetan Museum of ArtBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Staten Island Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President2011 - 2013
Staten Island Trial Lawyers AssociationSecretary2009 - 2011
El Centro de InmigrantesBoard Member2006 - 2014
Mount Carmel SchoolBoard Member2006 - 2008
Staten Island Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2001 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Juarez v. P&T ll Contracting CorpSettled at mediation for $350,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
SITLAWorkers Compensation Fee Schedule Reduction2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Staten Island Trial Lawyers AssociationCurrent legislative topics in Albany2013