Steven E. Pegalis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Lake Success, NY

Pegalis Law Group, LLC
 | One Hollow Lane, Suite 107
Lake Success, NY 11042
Phone: 5166842900
Fax: 516-684-2939
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Steven E. Pegalis is one of the nation's foremost plaintiffs' medical malpractice trial lawyers and the founder of Pegalis Law Group. In 2019 he obtained a mediated settlement in the amount of $8.5 million dollar for a young woman who lost her mother, due to medical negligence. He obtained a court settlement in 2018 for a client in the amount of $10 million dollars involving a complex spinal surgery case. Pegalis’ most recent jury verdict in 2019 was in the amount of $4.7 million dollars, following his client’s treatment for a brain aneurysm.

Steven Pegalis was named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America®, among only 5% of all attorneys to be listed. It was his 14th consecutive year. In his nearly 50 years as an advocate for seriously injured victims of negligence, Pegalis has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts. He is most proud of providing peace of mind, a sense of justice, and financial security to clients. Stacks of photos and thank-you notes from clients’ families are among his most prized processions. He believes his team’s personal investments in each case are without peer, and has resulted in consistent success for patients year after year. He and his firm have worked tirelessly with some two thousand injured individuals and their families. For example: in 1998, he obtained a $116 million jury verdict for a brain injured child, and in 2004 he obtained a $111.7 million verdict for a brain injured child.

In 2019, Pegalis was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership in the Law” by the New York Law School. He was the only lawyer named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for 2019, for Long Island Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. He was also singularly named 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" on Long Island, for Plaintiffs' Personal Injury Litigation, and in 2016, was named "Lawyer of the Year," for Plaintiffs' Medical Malpractice lawyer in New York, by Best Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in America®.  Additionally in 2016, Pegalis was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). In 2015, Pegalis was named co-director of the Patient Safety Project initiative at New York Law School (NYLS), which focuses on making significant contributions to medical safety and promoting innovative health law policies for the public good.  Also in 2015, Pegalis was honored with the Nassau County Bar Association's WE CARE Fund award.

Pegalis is the author of American Law of Medical Malpractice, Volumes 1-3, now in its 3rd edition. He serves on the NYLS Board of Trustees, was an Adjunct Professor of Law, and was honored with school's Groundbreaker Award for a lifetime commitment to his clients, and successfully pursuing their rights with passion. Pegalis is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a Dean Emeritus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, and a member of the American Association for Justice, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an Associate in Law of the American College of Legal Medicine, and is AV rated on Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence since 1982. Each year since 2006 he is voted to the Best Lawyers® List in New York and the New York Super Lawyers List. Pegalis has lectured extensively on medical/legal issues, and contributed his experience and viewpoint to numerous articles and publications. He is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He holds both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Law degree from New York Law School, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College of the City of New York.        

 About Us:

Pegalis Law Group, LLC represents people suffering as a result of preventable medical errors and personal injury. We have won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in state history. We strive for medical accountability by advocating for clients and through public education, to ensure safer practices for patient care.                                                                                                                                                

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Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 10%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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Professional Webpage: https://pegalislawgroup.com/attorneys/steven-e-pegalis/

Honors/Awards:

  • New York Super Lawyers List
  • STEVEN PEGALIS named 2019 Long Island "Lawyer of the Year" by  U.S. News - Best Lawyers® for Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law  New Hyde Park, November 8, 2018... It is with pride that we announce Steven E. Pegalis, Esq. was recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for 2019, for Long Island Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. Only one lawyer is recognized by Best Lawyers as the "Lawyer of the Year" in a given specialty and location. The "Lawyer of the Year" distinction reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the region and practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Mr. Pegalis was previously named the "Lawyer of the Year" for Plaintiffs' Personal Injury Litigation in 2017. Additionally, we announce that Pegalis & Erickson, LLC has just been recognized for the eighth consecutive year, as a "Tier 1" Long Island law firm for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, by U.S. News "Best Law Firms."   Steven Pegalis, Esq. is the founding partner of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, and is one of the nation's foremost medical malpractice trial lawyers for patients. In more than 45 years of practice as an advocate for seriously injured victims of negligence, he has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts in New York. Earlier this year, Pegalis was selected for his 13th time on the highly regarded list, Best Lawyers in America© for 2019. Also in 2016, Pegalis was honored on the State level with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as the leader of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC and as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. He is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a member of the American Association for Justice, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City of New York, and both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Law degree from New York Law School, where he is also a Trustee.   Firms included in the "Best Law Firms" list as is Pegalis and Erickson, LLC are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers, and breadth of legal expertise. There are no fees associated with receiving a ranking. Receiving the TIER ONE designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned in their industry in the same communities and practice areas. , Best Lawyers ,Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice, Long Island, 2019
  • AV rated on Martindale-Hubbell, 1982 - present
  •  2016, Pegalis was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association., Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  •  Steven E. Pegalis was named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” on Long Island, for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation,., “Lawyer of the Year” on Long Island, for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in America®. , 2017
  •  2016 "Lawyer of the Year," for  Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice lawyer in New York, by Best Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in America®. , "Lawyer of the Year," for  Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in America®. , 2016
  • 20th Annual Stephen W. Schlissel, The WE CARE Fund, Nassau County Bar Association, WE CARE Fund, 2015
  • New York Law School Lifetime Commitment Award, 2007
  • Stanley Lamm Institute for Child Neurology and Occupational Medicine Community Service Award, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Adjunct Professor, New York Law School, 2019
  • New York State Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, American Board of Trial Advocacy, American Association for Justice, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  •  Pegalis was named co-director with Irwin R. Merkatz, MD, of the Patient Safety Project initiative at New York Law School (NYLS), focused on making significant contributions to medical safety and promoting innovative health law policies for the public good.  , 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Achieved the highest medical malpractice verdict at that time for a brain injured child in the amount of $116 million, the second highest malpractice verdict in the country in 1998.  In 2004, a $111.7 million verdict for a brain injured child which was at the time the highest medical malpractice verdict in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York and the fourth highest malpractice verdict in the State as well as the fifth highest nationally.  In 2001, he won a $35 million verdict for another brain injured child.  That verdict was the seventh highest medical malpractice jury verdict for the year  

Educational Background:

  • LLB, New York Law School, undergrad Queens College of the City of New York
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Office Location for Steven E. Pegalis

One Hollow Lane
Suite 107
Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: 5166842900

Fax: 516-684-2939

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Last Updated: 3/27/2020

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