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Peter Christopher Stein

Criminal defense Attorney at Smithtown, NY

3.4   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1997
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Peter C. Stein is a former prosecutor and the founding partner and president of Stein & Stein, P.C. As a young man, Mr. Stein was determined to become a lawyer in order to provide aggressive, dedicated assistance to individuals and businesses in need of legal counsel. In part, this dedication came from his own personal interactions with the law.

As the victim of a school bus accident as a small boy and one who was mistreated by police as a teenager,Mr. Stein poignantly experienced the helplessness many feel when confronted with the desperate need for competent legal advice and zealous legal representation. Based upon these experiences, Mr. Stein has devoted his life to becoming the very attorney he himself needed years ago, and is committed to providing nothing short of top-notch legal counsel to others.

Mr. Stein graduated Sachem High School in 1983. In order to secure the funds necessary to achieving his academic aims, Mr. Stein worked a variety of jobs for half a decade, also thereby gaining a degree of real-world experience. Specifically, during that time frame, Mr. Stein worked as a gas station attendant; a meat truck driver; and was a member of the Queens Local 3 Electrical Workers’ Union, through which he worked at a wiring factory in Melville.

In 1988, Mr. Stein was accepted to Boston College, from which he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 1991. After graduation from college, Mr. Stein secured a position as a paralegal with the law firm of Pryor Cashman on Park Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked for two years before beginning law school.

Mr. Stein received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1996. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Stein was appointed to the position of Assistant District Attorney with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. He began his tenure in that position in August 1996. As a Brooklyn A.D.A., Mr. Stein gained extensive courtroom experience prosecuting thousands of criminal cases involving larceny, domestic violence, sex crimes, assault, narcotics and a wide range of other charges.

In 1998, Mr. Stein entered private practice as an associate attorney with the law firm of Weinstein, Kaplan & Cohen in Garden City. In that capacity, Mr. Stein added breadth to his repertoire of legal experience. In particular, Mr. Steinrepresented banks during real estate closings; businesses and corporations in cases of civil and commercial litigation, including collections cases; and individuals in matrimonial actions.

In 1999, Mr. Stein relocated to Suffolk County and became associated with the Law Office of Peter Gierer in Hauppauge. With that office, Mr. Stein represented hundreds of clients in complex civil and commercial litigation cases, landlord-tenant disputes, estate practice and litigation matters, and defended individuals against criminal and traffic prosecutions.

In January 2001, Mr. Stein’s wealth of legal experience now allowed for the realization of his long-term goal: He opened the doors to his own law practice. The practice grew exponentially through referrals by existing clients and, in June 2007, Mr. Stein was joined in the practice by his wife, Kathryn E. Stein, Esq.

To date, the law firm of Stein & Stein has successfully represented thousands of clients in a wide variety of matters in Suffolk and Nassau Counties and New York City. Mr. Stein is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association and the New York Defender’s Association.He is admitted to the practice of law in all State Courts in New York, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of Federal Court.


Stein & Stein
195 E. Main Street
Smithtown, NY, 11787
Stein & Stein
1225 Franklin Avenue
Suite 325
Garden City, NY, 11530
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Posted by Tony | June 3, 2014
The Attorney You Need!
Peter Stein helped me immensely and I recommend him in the strongest possible terms. He has what is, in my opinion, the most important asset for an attorney - he listens to what the client has to say and respects their opinion. He was handed my case from another attorney and immediately upon speaking with him, I knew it would turn out well. . . . in the end . . . it did!
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Posted by jill | April 29, 2014
Stein and Stein Law Firm....EXCELLENT!
My experience with Stein and Stein Law Firm was exceptional. I could not have wished for a better outcome than the one provided to me by Peter Stein. He made a very difficult time for me, seem effortless. He handled my case with the utmost integrity and proffessionalism. There is not enough to be said how pleased I am. He put me at ease from the very begining. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend his firm to family and friends. I am very grateful. My thanks to Peter and his incredible staff
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Posted by Richard | January 12, 2014
Best Attorney in Smithtown
If you are looking for attorney’s with integrity and professionalism, who also have an incredible track record of success, you will find that in Peter and Kathryn Stein. Their firm not only successfully helped me on three separate issues, they are also a lot of fun to be around.
Posted by Susan | December 29, 2013
STEIN AND STEIN LAW FIRM IS THE BEST FIRM EVER! After being in and out of court for years with another firm, thousands and thousands wasted with nothing being handled properly, fairly and honestly we switched to Stein and Stein. We had the ex-wife from hell to put it mildly, who lied repeatedly, forged documents and wanted money for which she was not entitled to. With the help of the Stein & Stein law firm, every lie was brought to light, every forged document challenged and every penny she received and was not entitled to was rectified and returned. Katherine worked magic in that court room with a judge we had previously lost every hearing on. Between her professionalism, knowledge of the law, facts and circumstances we prevailed. Needless to say without them we would still be in court paying for things that we shouldn’t have been in the first place and have at least 40,000 in legal bills. I can honestly say my life has been very peaceful and happy since switching to the Stein and Stein law firm. Susan McSweeney
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Posted by Laura | November 12, 2013
Sale and Purchase of Home, Great experience w/Stein & Stein
Don't be intimidated by the thought of hiring a lawyer. Their job is to help you find the best solution to all of your legal issues. Call Stein & Stein from Smithtown, NY. I will share my personal experience with you when my husband and I used Stein & Stein. In 2003 we were trying to sell our home in Nassau County and move to a new home in Suffolk County. Mr. Stein was available all hours of the day and into the evenings. He always took our calls. Selling and buying a home is not an easy task and Mr. Stein and his staff handled our exchange seamlessly on both ends....the sale and purchase of our home(s). I have to say there were times I thought I was going to have a breakdown realizing at one point that we may have two mortgages at the same time! Something most people cannot afford. But Mr. Stein came to my rescue, calmed me down, explained to both of us what steps we needed to take to make both transactions go as smoothly as possible, even if we were unable to sell our home in time. It turned out we did sell our home in time and the very next day we purchased our new home! It was a great experience working with Stein & Stein. We ask for his guidance till this day when in need. I cannot thank them both enough for all their hard work and dedication each time we call upon them both. If ever in need of a lawyer, call Stein & Stein. You will not be dissappointed. I also referred an acquaintance recently to Mr. Stein for a DUI and they were very pleased how they handled their case and won!
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2013
The Best
The Law Firm of Stein and Stein have represented me. They are compassionate attorneys who are professional, knowledgeable, and qualified to handle anything. There are actions that can alter your life. These can be good or bad. If these decisions are bad, an attorney who can defend and communicate on your behalf is a necessity. I have needed legal counsel and representation. That is how I know that when I refer them, I am doing my friends a favor.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
My experience confusing, as broken englishI use he became agitati0n
He was not the laywer for cousin and me, too imapatient when explained what our needs were. annoying him
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2019
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Not sure ..
Tried calling several times for representation ,but he never responded and when I finally got someone in the phone the guy who answered was super rude and stated “Mr. Stein does not accept sales calls”.I responded “ sir I’m in need of representation this is not a sales call”. He repeated “no sales calls” and then hung up. I was totally confused by what happened,but if this is a suggestion of his services well I’d be in trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
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Personal injury
He drag my case out and lied on the phone to us our new lawyer because had fire him said this should have been done years ago but peter dragged it out don't go to him waste of 5 years
Posted by Steve | January 26, 2017
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Peter Stein reviewed my situation and as I have come to find out due to my income I was no where near qualifying for a Chapter 7 That didn't stop him from taking my money. 3 days before my meeting with the creditors he suggested I withdraw my case because there was no way the judge or trustee would approve it. All the money I paid him was lost & without ever setting foot in court he refused to refund any of my money. Court appearances were part of my retainer agreement & he still wouldn't give me any money back.
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stein & Stein
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Peter Gierer
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Weinstein, Kaplan & Cohen
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Boston College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991


  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
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  • New York State Defenders Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
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"Mr. Stein is an extremely capable attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to his clients. I endorse him without reservation."
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Smithtown Criminal defense Lawyer Peter Christopher Stein
Peter Christopher Stein
Criminal defense Attorney
Smithtown, NY
Licensed for 27 years