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Steven J. Schwartzapfel is the founding Member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., one of the most prominent and well respected Plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in New York.



 



Steven attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his B.A. degree with honors in 1977 and went on to graduate with Pace University School of Law’s second class in 1980.


Steven has been a member, director, and officer and Past President-elect of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and currently serves as a Director Emeritus.  Steven served as the first President of the Alliance for Consumer Rights, and is also a founding member, Director and First Vice-President Officer of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Judicial Screening Committees for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals, in addition to serving on the Committee on Professional Discipline.


Steven has also served as chairperson and faculty lecturing to attorneys within and outside the country on many topics including trying cases, negotiation, strategies and tactics, decisions and statutes, insurance issues, law office management, client relations and ethics.



 Steven has founded NYSafetynet.com, a Web site designed to provide information and other resources for the working families and socially and/or economically disenfranchised of New York.



Steven has been awarded the prestigious AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, named to The New York Super Lawyers List and selected as one of the 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Car Accident: 50%
  2. Construction: 30%
  3. Slip and Fall: 20%

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  • Michael Max Goldberg

    I endorse Steven 100%! We have worked together on several matters and he regularly refers cases to my office. But for the really big cases, there is no one else that you should go to. He has an incredible track record of great settlements and verdicts and isn't afraid to take a case the distance!

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    Michael Goldberg Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jan Dils

    Steven is a top notch attorney that has built a solid reputation in the legal industry. His team takes great pride in exceeding clients expectations from start to finish. Steven is invested with each and every client and delivers compassion along with the results you need and expect. No doubt, he is one of the best in the industry!

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    Jan Dils Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Schwartzapfel Lawyers

300 Jericho Quadrangle
East Building, Suite 180
Jericho, NY, 11753-2705

Schwartzapfel Lawyers

31 East 32nd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY, 10016

Schwartzapfel Lawyers

81 Main Street
White Plains, NY, 10601

Schwartzapfel Lawyers

888 Grand Course
Bronx, NY, 10451

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Rated AttorneyAVVO2014
Long Island's Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2014
Litigators AwardTrial Lawyers Board of Regents2014
Long Island Top Rated LawyersWall Street Journal2014
Long Island Top Rated LawyersNewsday2014
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2013
Top Legal EagleLong Island Pulse Magazine2013
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2011
Top Legal EagleLong Island Pulse Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2008
Distinguished Service AwardPace University School of Law2008
New York Super Lawyers Metro EditionNew York Super Lawyers2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2007
President's AwardNew York State Trial Lawyers Association2003
President's AwardNew York State Trial Lawyers Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberSchwartzapfel Lawyers1983 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersPresident-Elect2013 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersDirector Emeritus2004 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationOfficer1996 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors Member1993 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Alliance for Consumer RightsPresidentN/A
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersFounding MemberN/A
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurerN/A
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresidentN/A
Committee on Professional DisciplineMemberN/A
New York Court of AppealsJudicial Screening Committee Reported to Governor Cuomo & PatakiN/A
Judicial Screening Committee for Supreme Court and Appellate DivisionMemberN/A
Judicial Screening Committee for Bronx County and New York CountyMemberN/A
New York County Lawyers AssociationCommittee on Professional Discipline MemberN/A
Alliance for Consumer RightsCo-ChairpersonN/A
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersDirector At Large2008 - 2009
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers1st JD Representative2007 - 2008
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers1st Dept VP2004 - 2007
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersDirector2004 - 2009
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect2003 - 2004
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationSecretary1999 - 2000
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationSecond Vice President1998 - 1999
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationDeputy Treasurer1997 - 1998
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationParliamentarian1996 - 1997
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1992 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Medical Malpractice Case$3.8 Million
Wrongful Death Case$3 Million
Brain Damaged Baby$5.5 Million
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Steven Schwartzapfel7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim2011
Schwartzapfel LawyersNew York Safety Net2007
Schwartzapfel LawyersFighting For You2002
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawLawJ.D1980
State University of New York at BuffaloN/AOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYSBAHow to Handle a Neck and Back Injury Case1999
New York State Trial LawyersInsurance1996