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Stephen Bergstein

Civil rights Attorney at New Paltz, NY

4.8   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Stephen Bergstein is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney who has represented scores of plaintiffs in civil rights and employment cases in the State and Federal Courts, setting important case precedents involving the First Amendment, employment discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, housing discrimination, search and seizure, false arrest, municipal liability and whistleblower protection.

In addition to his trial and appellate practice, Mr. Bergstein frequently lectures on civil rights issues and teaches continuing legal education classes on employment discrimination and the civil rights decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP
5 Paradies Lane
New Paltz, NY, 12561


4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Jack | April 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Stephen Bergstein is a Fanstastic Attorney!
When I needed someone to represent me in a civil rights matter, I called about a dozen lawyers. Attorney Stephen Bergstein was clearly the best given his quarter century of experience and encyclopedic understanding of civil rights law. My family's case took over four years to resolve. During that time, attorney Stephen Bergstein demonstrated dedication and ethical behavior while passionately advocating for my family. Because of his efforts, I got great results on motions, letters to the court, etc. The defendants’ attorneys’ were clearly outmatched. I highly recommend attorney Stephen Bergstein.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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A Genuine Team Fighting For Justice and Equality
They were truly on my side during a very tough time after I was wrongfully fired because of my painful and debilitating disability. All of my inquiries were answered in a timely fashion, and my concerns were always taken into account. There is something that makes this team so different from any other legal professionals I've dealt with. If I ever have a claim which falls under one of their practice areas, I will be a repeat client. Thanks for your hard work, Bergstein & Ullrich!
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Posted by barbara | March 9, 2017
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Attorney Bergstein handled my appeal for a Title VII lawsuit. I was very pleased with his representation. He was very responsive to all of my correspondence which was key as I no longer resid ed in the area when the appeal began. He also negotiated the settlement.
Posted by Michele | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Law office with compassion and skills
Excellent, caring staff... knowledgeable and efficient lawyer. They made a very difficult situation bearable and obtained a positive outcome in my case. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Advocate for Civil Rights Plaintiffs
Mr. Bergstein is an expert on Second Circuit Court case law and assisted me with my appeal. He is an articulate and persuasive writer and responded clearly to my questions about the appeal process and case law. He is focused, organized, smart, and a great advocate for plaintiffs. Read his blog, "Wait a Second!"
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Could not help, but refurred me
I contacted Stephen Bergstein as I thought he would be able to help me. I just Consulted with him. After we had a few emails exchanged with questions and answers I knew I had to find an attorney that deals with Federal Law and can do more than I can ask any local attorney to do as it is a huge case. He directed me in the right direction to contact people that might be able to help. I don't stop so am working with several different attorneys at the moment to find out who will be the best for me.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bergstein & Ullrich
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael H. Sussman
  • 1993 - 2001


  • CUNY Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1993
  • State University of New York
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Darnell v. City of New York
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the lawsuit after trial court dismissed case on motion for summary judgment
  • Phillips v. County of Orange
  • Court entered summary judgment for Plaintiffs
  • Barboza v. D'Agata
  • Court entered summary judgment for Plaintiff
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Hudson Valley SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Drum Major Award
  • 2014
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  • New York Law Journal
  • Second Circuit Guidance on Pleading Title VII Claims Under 'Iqbal'
  • 2016
  • New York Law Journal
  • Deferring to Juries in Credibility, Factual Disputes
  • 2015
  • New York Law Journal
  • Proving Title VII Retaliation in the Second Circuit
  • 2014
  • New York Law Journal
  • Supreme Court Rules on Rights of Public Whistleblowers
  • 2014
  • New York Law Journal
  • Staving Off Summary Judgment in Sexual Harassment Cases
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lawline videoconference
  • EEOC in the Federal Appellate Courts
  • 2017
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (New York chapter)
  • Second Circuit update
  • 2016
  • National Employment Lawyes Association (NY Chapter)
  • Direct Examination Skills
  • 2016
  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and access to public buildings
  • 2016
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Fall Conference)
  • Second Circuit Update
  • 2015
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Civil Remedies For Law Enforcement Rights Violations
  • 2014
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Settlement of Employment Discrimination Claims
  • 2014
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Settlement of Employment Discrimination Cases
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute
  • Advising your client on lawful termination procedures
  • 2009
  • Symposium at Rutgers Law School on workplace stereotyping
  • Civil Rights
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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Appeals Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen Bergstein is a consummate professional. I retained him to handle an opposition in post-trial motions after a jury trial, in which I had represented the plaintiff. I was impressed by his work output and efficiency. He has had enormous successes with appeals generally. I highly endorse Mr. Bergstein for any appellate work."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Stephen Bergstein for over 20 years. We have worked together on cases and, most recently, he successfully represented me in a civil rights lawsuit. He is a brilliant, talented and compassionate attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you are looking for a top notch employment or civil rights lawyer to handle your case at trial or on appeal, I recommend Stephen Bergstein."
Wrongful termination
Lawsuits and disputes
Employment and labor
Personal injury