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Steven Schwartzapfel

Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. 600 Old Country Rd, Room 450 , Garden City, NY 11530, (888) 575-6410

Background

Born in 1955, Steven attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his B.A. degree with honors in 1977. After graduation Mr. Schwartzapfel attended the Pace University School of Law. In 1980, he graduated with a J.D. degree and in the following year was admitted to the bar of the New York and U.S. District Court, in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction Site Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice

Memberships

Steven has a passion for justice and a desire to serve the New York community. He has been active in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association and was recently elected Vice President of the 2006-2007 New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has presented “How to Handle a Neck and Back Injury Case” to the NYSBA and has served as an Officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, serving as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and, since 1993, as a member of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Schwartzapfel served on the Judicial Screening Committees for both the Bronx County and New York County, in addition to serving on the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York County Lawyers Association. Pursuing his long-standing interest in technology, Mr. Schwartzapfel is Chairperson for Practicing Law with Computers, and is a member of the American Association for Justice. As Co-Chairperson of the Alliance for Consumer Rights, Steven has shown his concern for his clients and the consumer rights movement. He has also worked for the general improvement of legal business relationships as Chairperson of both “Increasing Profits Through Better Client Relations and Management” and “How to Thrive and Survive Beyond ’95”. In 1996 he participated as Faculty and Lecturer for New York State Trial Lawyers on Insurance.

Mr. Scwartzapfel has been awarded the prestigious AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell. This rating, which identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability, is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. The AV rating system was established by attorneys for attorneys, and recognizes those with the highest professional and ethical standards. Steven was elected NYSTLA chairperson for Precedents and Statutes in 2005 and is a founding member of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Most Recent Victories

$2.2 Million for Account Executive —
Steven Schwartzapfel and Robert Marcus obtained a $2.2 million award for a 39 year old account executive who was involved in a rear-end car collision that aggravated a prior back condition. This injury required surgery and rendered him disabled from his employment. The impact was minimal and there was no visible damage to his car. We were able to prove, with a biomechanical expert, that the impact from the accident was sufficient to cause the client’s injuries and resultant surgery.

$1.975 Million for Union Laborer —
Steve J. Schwartzapfel and Robert B. Marcus recently obtained a $1.975 million settlement on behalf of a 43 year old union carpenter. Our client, while sheetrocking at a retail shop, fell from a Baker’s scaffold, causing a fractured elbow that required multiple surgeries. Our firm was able to settle the case prior to the scheduling of a trial date, expediting the entire process for the client and providing much needed relief for his family.

$1.2 Million for Union Laborer —
Steven Schwartzapfel obtained a $1.2 million settlement for a union laborer who was involved in a minor rear end collision. Although the client did not break any bones, he did suffer from chronic myofascial pain syndrome that rendered him disabled and thus unable to work. We were able to prove, with expert testimony from doctors, economists and biomechanical engineers, that the collision was the reason for the client’s chronic facial pain.