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I represent clients in state and federal court proceedings (trial and appeal), labor arbitration hearings and in proceedings before governmental agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ["EEOC"], the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Retirement System and the New York Public Employment Relations Board.

I have significant experience as a neutral including work on behalf of the EEOC and private parties as a mediator, work on behalf of state and federal courts as a Special Master and as an arbitrator. I am certified as a mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

I have served in the leadership of various professional and community agencies. I am President-Elect of the Monroe County Bar Association and will become its 119th President on July 1, 2014.

I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell indicating that my work and ethics are of the highest quality as judged by my peers.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 45%
  2. Social Security: 35%
  3. Employment: 15%
  4. Mediation: 5%



Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (25-33%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Justin Michael Cordello

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a true professional and a real asset to any client.


    Justin Cordello Litigation Attorney
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  • Christopher Calabrese

    Steve is a dedicated lawyer with a great staff. He has been a strong leader for the Monroe County Bar Association as its President this past year. I endorse this lawyer.


    Christopher Calabrese Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney
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Contact info

Modica & Associates, Attorneys, PLLC

2430 Ridgeway Ave
Rochester, NY, 14626-4144


NYCurrently registered 198703/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Top Rated Labor & Employment LawyerFortune Magazine2013
Greater Rochester AwardRochester Business Journal2010
Distinguished Mediator ServiceUS Equal Employment Opportunity Commission2007
Nathaniel AwardDaily Record2006
Lifetime Achievement & Norman Cohn AwardNational MS Society, Upstate NY Chapter2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalModica & Associates, Attorneys, PLLC1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monroe County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kuntz v. WNY Housing Development, 104 A.D.3d 1337 (4th Dept. 2013)Settled Post Decision
Sutherland Global Services v. Stuewe, 73 A.D.3d 1473 (4th Dept. 2010)Settled Post Decision
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986