Steven J. Schwartzapfel

Founding Partner

For more than 40 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.

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction Site Injuries
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Auto, Truck, Bus and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Highway Design Defects
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Products Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Mass Tort Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • 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

A Crusader for Justice: The Steve Schwartzapfel Story

At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., we don’t just represent clients; we embrace them as family. Our founding attorney, Steve Schwartzapfel, has dedicated his life to fighting for those wronged and injured. This unyielding commitment to justice stems from his own personal journey. Growing up with a father battling multiple sclerosis, Steve intimately understands the overwhelming challenges families face when a loved one suffers. He’s lived the frustration of life’s simplest tasks becoming monumental obstacles and empathizes deeply with the loss and despair felt when tragedy strikes due to another’s negligence.

A Titan in the Courtroom: Excellence in Advocacy

Steve’s reputation as a formidable trial lawyer and strategic negotiator precedes him. His prowess is recognized by insurance companies and defense lawyers alike. They know that when Steve and his team step into the courtroom, they bring an arsenal of experience, skill, and tenacity unmatched in the industry. His refusal to be outsmarted or outspent is legendary. Steve’s selective case acceptance means that each case he undertakes is pursued with the utmost preparation and zeal, often leading to significant verdicts and settlements in favor of his clients. His 99% client satisfaction rate is a testament to his dedication and success. Despite the many awards and accolades he has received, Steve is most proud of the many hundreds of 5-star Google reviews from clients, reflecting the real-life impact and success of his advocacy.

Commitment Beyond the Courtroom

Beyond his legal accolades, Steve is a pillar in the community and a staunch advocate for legal justice. He’s a certified member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and his contributions to legal education are vast, having lectured globally on a range of pertinent legal topics. Recognized as a Life Fellow by the American Bar Foundation, Steve’s commitment extends to numerous charities and educational initiatives, including scholarships and fellowships for aspiring college and law students in public service sectors.

Recognition and Leadership: A Legacy of Success

Steve’s leadership in law and his dedication to justice have earned him numerous awards and recognitions, including:

  • Super Lawyer for 14 years (The New York Times)
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers – by both The National Trial Lawyers Association and The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Leadership in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, held prestigious positions including Director Emeritus, President Elect, and Founding Member
  • Recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer from respected publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Newsday, Newsweek, Forbes, and others.

Conclusion: A Champion for the Injured

Steve Schwartzapfel isn’t just a lawyer; he’s a champion for those who have suffered. His unique blend of personal empathy, legal expertise, and community dedication makes him not just an exceptional attorney but a true advocate for justice. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, when you choose Steve, you choose a partner in your fight for justice, a confidant in your time of need, and a warrior who will stand by you every step of the way.

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Schwartzapfel® Lawyers has a 99% Client Satisfaction Rate