Stephen D. Apolinsky

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Decatur, Georgia

Apolinsky & Associates, LLC
Stephen D. Apolinsky
Apolinsky & Associates, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1987

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024
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Apolinsky & Associates, LLC

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


Stephen D. Apolinsky, founder of Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, focuses his practice on serious injury and wrongful death personal injury cases.  The firm practices throughout the states of Georgia and Alabama. His drive to practice personal injury law stems from a straightforward belief that every individual and their families are entitled to quality legal representation, irrespective of their background or the type of case. 

Hailing from a family with a legal background, Mr. Apolinsky is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Michigan in 1983 and he obtained his doctorate in jurisprudence from Emory University School in 1987. 

Over his legal career spanning 35-plus years, Mr. Apolinsky has tried more than 80 cases to verdict, negotiated over 300 cases and recovered several eight-figure settlements totaling more than $85 million in compensation on behalf of his plaintiff clients, fighting against large corporations and insurance companies. Some of his notable results include a $17 million dollar settlement for the wrongful death of a child, a $10 million dollar settlement for a client who faced catastrophic burns and a $7.3 million dollar verdict for a business owner. 

Mr. Apolinsky has advocated for the rights of individuals who faced injuries or death as a result of:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Construction defects that lead to serious injuries or wrongful death
  • Apartment and office negligent security matters
  • Assault and battery incidents
  • Boating and aviation accidents
  • Sexual assault
  • Harmful premises, including hotels, apartments, swimming pools and parking lots
  • Animal attacks

A recipient of several awards and honors, Mr. Apolinsky is listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and named a Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine. Reflecting his professional and ethical standards, he was rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and “Superb” on Avvo. Moreover, he was included in the Top Lawyers list of the American Association for Justice and Newsweek magazine.

One to spread knowledge and awareness in his community, Mr. Apolinsky established a free app called "My Personal Injury Lawyer" for smartphone users during times of emergency. He also actively contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Ask the Experts and is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences. 

Mr. Apolinsky is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Leadership DeKalb, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and the State Bar of Georgia. He is a champion member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and was on the board of directors for the DeKalb County Bar Association and Leadership DeKalb.  He is also a founding member of Atlanta United FC.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 90% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1987, Georgia

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Representative Clients:
  • wrongful death victims as well as people who have suffered a catastrophic injury
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Legal contributor to “Ask the Experts” for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Author, You Can Beat City Hall, Verdict, published by GTLA
  • Instructor, Kessler Trial Techniques Program at Emory Law School
  • Named as 100 Top Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer in Georgia
  • 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
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Leadership Dekalb class of 2010
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World
Educational Background:
  • The University of Michigan, B.A., 1983
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Georgia, 1987
  • Board of Directors 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
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $17 million recovery for the wrongful death of a young child., 2020
  • Eight figure settlement for client paralyzed due to an apartment fire., 2018
  • $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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Inter Atlanta F.C. soccer club, 2021
  • Member, Southport, Maine Yacht Club

Office location for Stephen D. Apolinsky

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

Phone: 404-377-9191


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

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