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 - 2021
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
    • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Health Care
    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 - 2021

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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: 8/26/2020

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