Stephen D. Apolinsky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Decatur, GA

Apolinsky & Associates, LLC
 | 150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-377-9191
Fax: 404-377-6996
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Health Care (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing exclusively on personal injury cases, Stephen D. Apolinsky represents clients in Georgia and Alabama. As founder of Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, his caseload involves the following matters: catastrophic, boating, aviation and car accidents; assault and battery; nursing home abuse, neglect, falls, malnutrition, bed sores, and psychological and physical abuse; premises liability, dog bites, swimming pool liability, slip-and-falls and dangerous conditions; and hotel, apartment and parking lot negligence.

Among his successes, Mr. Apolinsky represented a business owner against the city of Atlanta, securing a $7.3 million verdict. He also obtained six-figure settlements in cases involving a trucking accident and neglect in a nursing home. These are just a few examples of his accomplishments, as he has reached more than 300 settlements for more than $1 million each and brought more than 80 cases to a favorable verdict.

His esteemed career has earned Mr. Apolinsky the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he has been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; Georgia Trend Magazine listed him as a Legal Elite; and he holds an Avvo “Superb” rating.

Mr. Apolinsky’s work extends beyond representing victims of negligence. He is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Additionally, he created a free application for smartphones called My Injury Lawyer, which helps people in an emergency. He is also a contributing writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lastly, Mr. Apolinsky is a frequent lecturer at several local universities.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan in 1983, Mr. Apolinsky earned a Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law in 1987.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Health Care (10%): Nursing Home

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Nursing Home


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020

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About Stephen Apolinsky

Admitted: 1987, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • AVVO 10.0 rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • One of the top trial lawyers, Newsweek Magazine, 2012
  • AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Legal Elite: Georgia's Most Effective Lawyers, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia
  • Leadership DeKalb
  • Alabama
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • DeKalb County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Champion Member
  • District of Columbia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Southport, Maine Yacht Club

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, You Can Beat City Hall, Verdict, published by GTLA
  • Instructor, Kessler Trial Techniques Program at Emory Law School


  • $50,000 settlement of dog bite case with $650 in medical bills and no lost wages
  • $298,000 verdict for nuisance claim, Walton County, Georgia
  • $175,000.00 recovered for female who fell and injured her right breast, 2011
  • $220,000 verdict against Wachovia for banking error
  • $3 million judgment for victim of ponzi scheme, 2009
  • $1,000,000 recovery for developmentally delayed adult who suffered burn injuries, 2011
  • $300,000 recovery for victim of medical malpractice that caused partial loss of sight, 2012
  • $165,000 termite damage verdict in Rockdale County
  • $101,000 settlement of car wreck case with only $245.00 worth of property damage
  • $7.2 million dollar verdict against City of Atlanta for nuisance and inverse condemnation of property
  • $500,000.00 recovered for victim of decubitis ulcer, 2011
  • $2.3 million dollar verdict against City of Atlanta for inverse condemnation

Representative Clients:

  • Shatton Industries; Saur; Latin American Records; Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News; and, Gary Null

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Leadership Dekalb class of 2010
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World

Educational Background:

  • The University of Michigan, B.A., 1983
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Office Location for Stephen D. Apolinsky

150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404-377-9191

Fax: 404-377-6996

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Last Updated: 12/13/2018

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