Steven J. Seiden is a founding member of Seiden & Kaufman and has practiced exclusively personal injury law for more than thirty-seven years. Mr. Seiden has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts, arbitration awards, and settlements for injured victims of accidents and surviving family members in wrongful death actions.
Mr. Seiden began working for a personal injury law firm immediately after he graduated from law school in 1984. Over the next few years, through his daily presence in the Supreme Court in Brooklyn, Mr. Seiden gained invaluable courtroom experience and developed a reputation as a powerful advocate. Consequently, while Mr. Seiden was still an associate at the law firm, a constant stream of clients specifically requested his representation.
In 1988, Seiden & Kaufman was formed when Mr. Seiden joined forces with Richard G. Kaufman, another associate at the firm.
Mr. Seiden has successfully handled thousands of cases in the New York State Courts, Federal Courts, and Court of Claims arising from all types of motor vehicle accidents, premises accidents, and construction accidents.
Mr. Seiden is also an accomplished appellate attorney, having won numerous cases in the Appellate Division and New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals. A case Mr. Seiden argued in the New York State Court of Appeals paved the way for window cleaners to rely on the same extraordinary protection provided to construction workers pursuant to New York State Labor Law §240(1).
For eighteen consecutive years, Mr. Seiden has received the prestigious AV-Preeminent 5.0 rating from Martindale Hubbell, awarded to only seven percent of attorneys in the United States. This rating is the result of confidential evaluations by other plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys, and members of the judiciary. The AV-Preeminent rating is the highest rating possible for professional legal ability and ethical standards.
Mr. Seiden is also a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, distinguished professional associations that include many of the top trial attorneys from across the United States. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum's membership is restricted, with less than one percent of attorneys in the United States currently granted membership.
Mr. Seiden has received the highest 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, and has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Super Lawyers rating service and patented selection process. According to the Super Lawyers publication, only outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement are included in this preeminent list, which is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in the state.
Mr. Seiden has repeatedly been named as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in the New York area by New York Magazine, as a Top Legal Eagle on Long Island by Pulse Magazine, and as a Top Rated Attorney in the Legal Leaders editions of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Law Journal, and Newsday.
Mr. Seiden lectures attorneys at Continuing Legal Education courses and is a sustaining member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Seiden is admitted to practice before all New York State Courts, the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.