Steven J. Schwartzapfel

Steven J. Schwartzapfel

Founding Partner


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, and his experience, dedication and skills have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for their clients.

A Passion for Justice Planted in Childhood

During the legal process, Steve’s commitment to his clients makes all the difference in the world. Schwartzapfel Lawyers treats clients like family. Steve’s passion for helping those in need stems from his childhood. His father suffered from multiple sclerosis and Steve experienced firsthand the heartache of not being able to take care of oneself, let alone one’s family. From this challenging experience, 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 suffers as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing and is left injured, maimed, disabled or killed.

Highly Recognized Trial Lawyer and Strategic Negotiator

Insurance companies and defense counsel 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’s team of trial attorneys are known for their no nonsense approach. Schwartzapfel Lawyers prepares and aggressively prosecutes your case! 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, decisively. As such, most insurance companies would rather settle with Steve. Steve prides himself on negotiating settlements so favorable his clients often find it more advantageous to settle the case than to proceed to verdict.

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 accept a settlement or proceed to trial, 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 lecturing 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. He supports a long list of charities, including establishing scholarships at Pace University Law School and Touro Law School for union workers in good standing or their children as well as 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. Steve also established a scholarship that pays for driver’s education for teens that reside in school districts that no longer offer drivers education classes.

Steve has seen the devastating and often deadly effects of young people texting, drinking and driving. Steve has set up a scholarship for young teens that reside in school districts that no longer offer driver’s education. Steve has had his firm accredited by NYS to offer driver’s education given by NYS/licensed and approved instructors. To make a bigger impact, reduce accidents and save lives, the course is given monthly at his firm together with representatives from MADD and law enforcement. Steve volunteers his time and serves on New York State’s MADD executive board co-chairing the legislative committee.

Awards, Recognition, and Memberships

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer for 7 consecutive years as featured in The New York Times.
  • Recognized in Legal Leaders as a Top Rated Lawyer featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, Newsday, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and National Law Journal, as produced by ALM.
  • Top Rated Lawyer as featured in New York Magazine based upon having received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
  • Leader in Law as featured in Newsweek
  • Top Legal Eagle as featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Elite Lawyers of America, award for obtaining verdicts and/or settlements of at least 2 million dollars
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, certified member
  • Litigators Award, rendered with reference to the firm’s million and multi-million dollar verdicts/settlements
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, director emeritus, former parliamentarian and President elect
  • Alliance for Consumer Rights, President
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, founding member, former director, first vice president and President elect
  • New York County Bar Association Committee on Professional Discipline
  • Judicial screening committees, New York State Supreme Court
  • Judicial screening committees, Appellate Division
  • Judicial Screening Committee for Governor Pataki’s Selection for New York State Court of Appeals
  • Judicial Screening Committees for Governor Cuomo’s Selection for New York State Court of Appeals
  • Pace University School of Law, Distinguished Service Award
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, President’s award
  • Better Business Bureau, A+ rating
  • Avvo Peer Review, perfect “10” rating
  • AV Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards for more than a decade
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, in recognition of outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and the traditions of the profession
Philanthropic Support

Community Service

  • New York State MADD, executive board and co-chair of the legislative committee

Philanthropic Support

  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • American Heart Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
  • Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Association
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Island Harvest
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Ascent School for Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • March of Dimes
  • Children’s Medical Fund at LIJ/North Shore Schneider Pavilion
  • Ascent School-Hope on the Horizon
  • Schneider Children’s Hospital
  • Jewish National Fund
  • McCormick Foundation
  • Cycle for Survival
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • NY Presbyterian Hospital
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Linda Horowitz Cancer Research Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Holiday House-Junior League of Little Rock
  • Long Term Care Community Coalition
  • NY Foundation for Senior Citizens
  • FRIA-The Voice and Resource for Eldercare with Dignity
  • Outreach Project
  • New Heights Youth, Inc.
  • Caron Foundation
  • The Tempo Group
  • The Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Nassau County Police Activity League
  • Metropolitan Museum-NY, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk
  • Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
  • Coney Island Gospel Assembly
  • Deafness Research Foundation
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Jericho Volunteer Fire Department
  • Little Village & Development Center, Inc.
  • Local One Scholarship Fund
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • NFL Alumni New York Chapter
  • Wounded Warrior Project, Helmets to Hardhats
  • NYC Central Labor Council
  • Rotary Club of Huntington
  • Smile Train
  • The Caumsett Foundation
  • The Children’s Center at SUNY Farmingdale
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Toys for Tots
  • We Care Fund-Italian Feast
  • Audubon
  • Special Olympics
  • Long Island Cares
  • Make-A-Wish-Foundation
  • The National Children’s Cancer Society
  • Calvary Hospital
  • Little Shelter (Animal Rescue)
  • The National Children’s Cancer Society
  • Hope House Ministries
  • St. Jude
  • Harlem Dowling West Side Center
  • Pace University Law School Scholarships
  • Touro Law School Scholarships and fellowships
Super Lawyers
Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
Million dollar Advocates
New York Magazine
The Nationl Trial Lawyers
New York Law Journal