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Steve is the founding partner and chair of O'Connell and Aronowitz Personal Injury and Criminal Defense practices. Under his leadership, the firm has become one of the most active personal injury and criminal defense law firms in Upstate New York.
Steve is one of the few lawyers in upstate New York who has excelled in both the personal injury and criminal defense fields with over thirty-five years of experience at the State and Federal level. He has been recognized by his peers for his record setting verdicts and settlements and his unique ability to master both personal injury and criminal defense trials. Steve was selected by his peers as a New York Superlawyer in these fields and was the cover feature on 2010 Superlawyers for his distinction.
Steve Coffey is known for his fearless approach when confronted with injustice. He has enjoyed powerful courtroom victories and has consistently garnered million dollar verdicts for his clients in cases that are often highly complex and high profile. Steve has obtained verdicts in excess of one million dollars in ten cases and has obtained countless settlements that have exceeded one million dollars.
Steve has enjoyed the same unrelenting success as a criminal defense lawyer. He is widely recognized in the Capital District as one of its premiere criminal defense trial lawyers. Steve has justly earned that reputation through his representation of thousands of clients in both street crime cases (e.g., DWI, assault, sex abuse, murder) and highly complex white collar cases (e.g., Medicaid fraud, embezzlement). He has secured dozens of acquittals. 
Steve's knowledge, insight and analytical skill have translated easily from the court room to the media. Local television and radio stations have looked to him as a regular commentator for highly publicized local and national criminal cases. A former Assistant District Attorney for Albany County and Chief Felony Prosecutor, Steve was the youngest Felony Bureau Chief to serve in Albany County. He also served as Special Prosecutor in Fulton and Albany Counties.
Steve compliments his civil and criminal trial skill with an extensive appellate practice. He has briefed and argued cases in the Appellate Divisions throughout the State of New York, the New York Court of Appeals and the Federal Appellate Courts. He has lectured and written extensively on civil and criminal trial practice.
Steve is an active participant of local and national charitable organizations involving disabled individuals, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Living Resources, and The Miracle League.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 45%
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
  3. Consumer Protection: 10%


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Contact info

O'Connell & Aronowitz

54 State Street
Albany, NY, 12207-2524


NYCurrently registered 197107/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Daniel Mahoney Memorial AwardCapital District Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerO'Connell and Aronowitz P.C.1975 - 2014
Assistant District AttorneyAlbany County District Attorney's Office1971 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationMember2000 - Present
Albany County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Second Degree MurderNot Guilty
Motor Vehicle Accident$20.5 Million Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1970