Based on our extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards, we have been selected:
- New York Times' Super Lawyer for 7 consecutive years
- Recognized in Legal Leaders as a Top Rated Lawyer by The Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, Newsday, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and National Law Journal, as produced by ALM.
- Top Rated Lawyer in New York Magazine based upon having received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
- Leader in Law in Newsweek
- Top Legal Eagle in Long Island Pulse Magazine
- AV Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, including highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standard for more than a decade
- Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Pace University School of Law
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association
- Has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau
- Avvo Peer Review perfect "10" rating
- Recipient of the President's award form the New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is prestigious group of trial lawyers int he United States that is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and/or settlements
- Recipient of the Elite Lawyers of America award for obtaining verdicts and/or settlements of at least 2 million dollars
- Litigators Award rendered with reference to the firm's million and multi-million dollar verdicts/settlements
- Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and the traditions of the profession
- ALM's 2015 Top Rated Lawyers in Medical Malpractice
Why Trust the Attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.
At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. we treat our clients like family. Our clients are not simply a claim number nor file. We understand that a serious injury effects not just the person, but impacts the entire family. We are here to help make a difficult and frustrating situation easier. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. we are honored to have been chosen to represent our clients for the trust and value they have placed in us.
A serious injury causes a drastic change in one’s life. The drastic change could be your health, your financial status and/or your family. If that injury was the result of someone else’s negligent actions then it is reasonable for you to pursue monetary compensation for the suffering you are facing. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., we believe every client deserves quality legal counsel and a fair chance in the courtroom.
The firm has developed a long and successful track record throughout the years. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has a great deal of experience working in support of families and victims that have sustained a serious personal injury due to various incidents such as car accidents, construction accidents and medical malpractice. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has won several substantial recoveries on behalf of those who have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence. One of those cases was worth $5.5 million in a settlement where a baby was brain damaged due to the doctors failing to diagnose fetal distress in a timely manner.
Experienced, Dedicated and Compassionate Defines Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.
Furthermore, our attorneys have a wealth of experience dealing with the specialized scientific and medical issues involved in defective drugs such as Accutane, Fosamax and Zoloft, just to name a few. Our reputation for courtroom excellence gives us the added leverage to negotiate significant settlements on behalf of our clients, who would rather be spending time with their families than sitting through a trial in a courtroom. In the aftermath of a serious personal injury, you should be concentrating on getting well and not on monetary burdens. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. understands the emotional and financial stress caused by personal injuries. Our lawyers receive a tremendous amount of contentment knowing that they are helping families in their time of greatest need. We genuinely care about our clients and will stand up for their rights.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is a firm who shows compassion and empathy for our clients. We put our experience, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm into fighting every personal injury case. Every single case that we take on is a priority to us, and we put our hearts into fighting each case to the maximum ability. We are professionals who practice the skill of our craft.
How Insurance Companies Work
Our firm knows the inside scoop of how insurance companies work. Insurance companies are the poisonous seed to the apple as they know every trick and trap of how to deny or pay the minimal payout in claims. Insurance companies only care about one thing and that is to take whatever steps are necessary to limit their payouts, regardless of how serious the injury is. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is here to fight for you and to ensure that the insurance companies award the appropriate amount of money for the injury that was sustained. It is our obligation to make certain that fair compensation is awarded for the victim’s injuries. The insurance companies are not there for you. They are in business for one purpose - to make a profit for their shareholders. They will not make a fair and reasonable settlement offer for you. Having said that, it is very important that you do not speak with any insurance company representative until you have spoken to a lawyer first. Studies have proven that a person who is represented by a lawyer will receive more money for a claim, even after payment of attorney’s fees, than a person that does not seek counsel. The insurance companies know that lawyers generally do not take cases to trial and so they will attempt to settle a case for far less than what the case is actually worth. After investigating the details of a case, Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is not hesitant to take a case to trial as long as we feel that it will benefit our clients.
About Steven Schwartzapfel, The Founder of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.
Steven J. Schwartzapfel is the founding Member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., one of the most prominent and well respected Plaintiff's personal injury law firms in New York.
Steven attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his B.A. degree with honors in 1977 and went on to graduate with Pace University School of Law's second class in 1980.
Steven has been a member, director, and officer and Past President-elect of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and currently serves as a Director Emeritus. Steven served as the first President of the Alliance for Consumer Rights, and is also a founding member, Director and First Vice-President Officer of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Judicial Screening Committees for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals, in addition to serving on the Committee on Professional Discipline.
Steven has also served as chairperson and faculty lecturing to attorneys within and outside the country on many topics including trying cases, negotiation, strategies and tactics, decisions and statutes, insurance issues, law office management, client relations and ethics.
How We Operate to Succeed
The attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. are excellent at investigating the specifics of a case as they compile evidence by searching records and supporting information. We develop a plan and a strategy for every case. Our paralegals and supporting staff are outstanding at collecting, evaluating and analyzing evidence related to personal injury claims. They conduct legal research, interview witnesses and take photographs of the accident scene. They also review medical reports and hospital records to understand injuries in great detail. Our firm also consults with specialists that are exceptionally qualified in their fields. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. works enthusiastically on each of our clients’ cases. You can be certain that Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is eager to help you achieve the best possible settlement or verdict.
We Value Our Clients
Our firm believes it is important to provide quality service to a client in a timely and efficient manner. So, we effectively communicate with our clients to always keep them up to date on what is going on with their case. The Firm has been awarded the highest satisfaction for customer service over the last twenty years. We guarantee that all phone calls to our office are returned promptly. Every six weeks our clients receive a status report to let them know how their case is progressing. We feel that it is important for our clients to receive copies of documents that we send out related to their case. The more our clients are familiar with what’s going on in their case, the more they understand how Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C is fighting for them.
The New York law firm of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. provides dedicated representation to clients who need help with all kinds of cases. With more than 150 years of combined experience, we've built a reputation for success with our clients, judges, lawyers and the insurance companies. For almost three decades we have been protecting the rights of those who can't protect themselves. Call us at 516-342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.We will fight for you!