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We are a Brooklyn based law firm that makes our world class experience accessible to clients in Brooklyn, all other boroughs of New York City, the metropolitan area, throughout New York State and nationwide.

 

We utilize the most up to date technology and techniques and employ it to represent our clients, frequently against some of the largest law firms, corporations and governments.

 

We provide a wide range of services with an emphasis on Criminal Defense and complex civil litigation.


 

As a community based practice, we also handle residential and commercial real estate transactions, along with divorce and family matters, drafting wills, trusts, living wills and powers of attorney.

 


Our criminal cases concern the defense of complex white collar cases, fraud, possession and sale of controlled substances, as well as violent crimes--along with the international extradition issues that may arise in such cases.

 

We also do general civil litigation in a wide variety of matters, including, but not limited to, employment, housing and other forms of discrimination, real estate disputes, construction industry and other breach of contract claims, business disputes, landlord and tenant matters, personal injury defense and prosecution, matrimonial and other family disputes, will contests and other matters in the Surrogate's Court, constitutional rights, police brutality and the recovery of Nazi war loot. 

 

Based in New York City, we handle trials and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide.

 

While there are some areas in which we do not practice, such as immigration law, complex estate tax planning, copyrights, patents and securities law, we serve as a portal for referrals to our deep list of specialists who we know and trust to handle those matters. Frequently, we remain involved in such cases to work side by side with the specialist and to act as a liasion for our clients.


 

 


 

 




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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    40 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    40 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    40 years, 450 cases
  4. Wills: 5%
    40 years, 250 cases
  5. Divorce: 5%
    40 years, 350 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Pro bono (15%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mary Katherine Brown

    Attorney Somerstein is a consumate professional at the top of his game. I worked for Steve so many years ago and so briefly (criminal law--not my thing) that I doubt he remembers me, but I remember him! Most of all, I remember how extremely dedicated he is to his clients. I am very happy for the opportunity to endorse this lawyer here on Avvo.

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    Mary Katherine Brown Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Matisyahu Wolfberg Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY, 11215

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 197707/10/2016
CTActive197309/23/2013
DCInactive 197307/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Patrick Finucane Justice AwardBrehon Law Society1995
AV RatingMartindale Hubble1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Stephen A. Somerstein1998 - Present
Attorney at LawSomerstein & Pike1981 - 1998
Associate Director-Criminal Investigation BureauNew York State Department of Taxation and Finance1979 - 1981
Staff AttorneyNew York City Legal Aid Society-Criminal Defense Division1976 - 1979
Staff/Managing AttorneyNeighborhood Legal Services-Hartford Connecticut1973 - 1976
Law Clerk to the Hon. William S. ThompsonSuperior Court of the District of Columbia1972 - 1973
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Brooklyn Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Kings County Criminal Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. E.C.We do not state outcome. Each case is different. Past performance is no indicator of future results. We do have an excellent record, but believe it is not a reliable measure to select an attorney.
People v. T.A.We do not state outcome. Each case is different. Past performance is no indicator of future results. We do have an excellent record, but believe it is not a reliable measure to select an attorney.
United States v. D.L.We do not state outcome. Each case is different. Past performance is no indicator of future results. We do have an excellent record, but believe it is not a reliable measure to select an attorney.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor1972
George Washington University National Law CenterInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1969