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Steven Richard Smith

Steven Richard Smith

 
  • Personal Injury, Insurance Claims
  • New York
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Lawyer Rating and Reviews
Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard
Reviewed by Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard March 8, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Steve has vast experience in personal injury matters, having represented clients successfully for over 30 years. He is well know and respected by the defense bar which is very important when representing plaintiffs. He takes care of his clients with the utmost professionalism and has a great success rate whether it be by settlement or jury verdict.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague

Steve was an employee of Pegalis, Wachsman & Erickson, PC and I was the managing attorney.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Same Client

We represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions.

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
Late 1990s
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Steve is a dedicated, hardworking attorney who truly cares about helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome for their particular case.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Steve has been practicing personal injury law for over 30 years and has successfully represented hundreds of clients.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Steve is able to assess a legal situation and provide accurate and reliable opinions as to viability of liability.

Communication Skills: Excellent

Steve is a very successful trial attorney and is able to explain complex issues to juries.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Steve possesses the highest of ethical integrity and character.

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Personal injury law. Steve concentrates his practice of law to personal injury matters.
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Client Relations
  • Collaboration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Document Review
  • Drafting
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial Literacy (handling client funds)
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Argument
  • Problem Solving
  • Trials
Q. Please provide any additional comments about this lawyer
I have the highest regard for Steve on a professional and personal level. I have entrusted him with my clients who are in need of an attorney to present them on personal injury matters. I know that he will obtain the best possible outcome for their particular situation.
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes
Robert Arthur Cohen
Reviewed by Robert Arthur Cohen February 5, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Knows the law. Knows his way around the courts. And first class negotiator.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague

Both of us have our practice on Long Island

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • I Represented Them

We worked together on a case and I referred clients to him.

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
2017-2019
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Steve knew his business, did his homework and was strong advocate

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Steve's grasp of the legal issues was very obviously the product of excellent legal research. It showed and made a difference.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

When things were not "black and white", Steve knew which way to go to win the point.

Communication Skills: Excellent

Asserting factual and legal arguments succinctly and effectively.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Steve is an attorney with integrity and all professional all the time..

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Personal injury cases.
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Arbitration
  • Client Relations
  • Legal Research
  • Litigation
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Argument
  • Trials
Q. Please provide any additional comments about this lawyer
First class all the way.
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes
Scott L. Braziller
Reviewed by Scott L. Braziller February 3, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I have known Steven for many years. I first met him when I was a defense counsel. He always had good cases and was a formidable adversary. More recently, I was an arbitrator and/or mediator on several of his cases. Steve's cases were quality cases and his presentation was excellent. Given my numerous interactions with Steven, I would not hesitate to recommend him as your attorney.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Other

Fellow attorney.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Opposing Client

He was the plaintiff attorney and I was either defense counsel or an arbitrator/mediator hearing his case.

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
Approximately 2003 to the present.
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Steve was an effective advocate in that he successfully prosecuted his clients' cases and obtained favorable results on cases I was involved with.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Steve has a keen understanding of personal injury law based on discussions I have had with him or arguments he made during ADR.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Steve has a been successful in resolving his cases by setting for the legal theory of his cases based on discussions I have had with him or arguments he made during ADR.

Communication Skills: Excellent

Steve was able to articulate his position during arbitrations and mediations of his cases.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Steve has been nothing but professional and ethical when we were adversaries on opposite sides of a case or during arbitrations/mediations.

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Personal injury.
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Arbitration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Drafting
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Problem Solving
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes
David Alan Wolf
Reviewed by David Alan Wolf March 25, 2018
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I highly recommend Steven Smith for any person needing representation in the State of New York. Steven has a strong work ethic and a sincere desire to help his clients.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague

Over the past 10 years, I have co-counseled cases with Steven Smith.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Same Client

Over the past 10 years, I have co-counseled cases with Steven Smith.

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
Over the past 10 years, I have co-counseled cases with Steven Smith.
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Steven Smith is an effective advocate. He has a keen understanding of personal injury cases and what it takes to deal with insurance companies, corporations, and othe entitles on the other side.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Steven Smith has a strong work ethic. He studies the law to make he is up to date on the current statutes, rules, procedures, and appellate case law.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Steven Smith has a strong work ethic. He studies the law to make he is up to date on the current statutes, rules, procedures, and appellate case law.

Communication Skills: Excellent

Steven Smith is an excellent communicator. He communicates well with his clients, co-counsel attorneys, insurance adjusters, opposing counsel attorneys, and others.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Steven Smith has a reputation for standing by his word. He certainly is ethical and professional in the way that he conducts himself and runs his law practice.

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Other Accidents
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Client Relations
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Problem Solving
  • Trials
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes