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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Daniel Mahoney Memorial Award||Capital District Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Partner||O'Connell and Aronowitz P.C.||1975 - 2014|
|Assistant District Attorney||Albany County District Attorney's Office||1971 - 1975|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|New York State Defenders Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Albany County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Second Degree Murder||Not Guilty|
|Motor Vehicle Accident||$20.5 Million Verdict|
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|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1970|