For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.
A Passion for Justice
Schwartzapfel Lawyers treats clients like family. Steve’s passion for helping those in need stems from his childhood. His father suffers from multiple sclerosis and Steve experienced firsthand the devastating impact it has on the individual as well as the entire family. Steve understands the stress and frustration of not being able to do the simple things most people take for granted, such as getting out of bed, dressing, working and paying bills. He can relate to the losses the entire family suffers when a loved one is injured, maimed, disabled or killed as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing.
Highly Recognized Trial Lawyer and Strategic Negotiator
Insurance companies and defense lawyers know that Steve and his team of trial attorneys have the experience, skills, reputation and resources to successfully litigate and take every case to verdict, regardless of how powerful or big the defendant or insurance company may be. Steve refuses to be out lawyered or outspent.
Steve doesn’t accept every case but, when Steve takes a case, the insurance companies and defense counsel know the case has merit, they are well prepared, and it will be litigated aggressively and zealously. The insurance companies know that Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. will take a case to verdict and see it all the way through appeal. As such, most insurance companies settle and pay Steve’s clients more money than lawyers without his reputation, resources and track record of litigating and winning 99% of the time.
Sometimes resolving a case sooner and with certainty rather than gambling on what a jury might decide is the preferable path. When counseling a client on whether to proceed to verdict or accept a settlement, Steve provides open and honest advice, as if he were speaking to a family member.
Dedicated to the Community and Legal Justice
Steve is a certified member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of U.S. trial lawyers who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and/or settlements. He is also involved in several advocacy organizations that protect the rights of injured clients. Steve has lectured at legal seminars both in and out of the country to lawyers and judges alike. He has lectured on such topics as maximizing damages and case value, negotiation, strategies and tactics, statutes, insurance issues, law office management, client relations and ethics.
The American Bar Foundation named Steve a Life Fellow in recognition of his service to the community. Steve supports a long list of charities, including establishing scholarships at Pace University Law School and Touro Law School for children of union workers in good standing. Steve has also established a fellowship for law students to work for legal service organizations that provide legal services to those individuals and/or families that cannot afford to pay a lawyer.
In addition, Steve has established the Schwartzapfel Lawyers Humanitarian Scholarship for high school graduates who plan on focusing their studies to enter public service fields such as teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, attorneys, etc.
Steve has seen the devastating and often deadly effects of young people texting, drinking and driving. Steve volunteers his time and serves on New York State’s MADD executive board co-chairing the legislative committee.
Construction Site Injuries
Slips, Trips and Falls
Auto, Truck, Bus and Motorcycle Accidents
Highway Design Defects
Nursing Home Neglect
Social Security Disability
Mass Tort Litigation
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, with honors, 1977
J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1980