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: 516-684-2900
Fax: 516-684-2939
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Steven E. Pegalis is the founder and owner of the Pegalis Law Group, LLC, in Lake Success, New York. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial advocates in the country, Mr. Pegalis focuses his practice primarily on plaintiff medical malpractice claims. He has achieved unprecedented success fighting on behalf of the rights and entitlements of thousands of clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, the greater New York City metro area, and across the state.

A highly compassionate and personable lawyer, Mr. Pegalis finds great reward in being able to help so many during their most dire times of need. He keeps stacks of photographs and thank you notes from his satisfied and grateful clients for his assistance and guidance in helping them obtain the justice they deserve and the compensation and damages to which they are entitled.

Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Mr. Pegalis has secured some of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever awarded for medical malpractice claims, including a $116 million verdict and $111.7 million verdict for the families of children who suffered brain injuries. His success is the direct result of his unwavering commitment to those he serves coupled with his exceptional legal abilities, and he has earned numerous awards and honors from both his clients and peers alike.

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Pegalis holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has consistently earned recognition from Best Lawyers, including the organization's lawyer of the year award each year since 2016. He also received the WE CARE fund award from the Nassau County Bar Association in 2015, and U.S. World & News Report voted his practice as among the best law firms in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019. Moreover, he has received the lifetime achievement Award from the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

An undisputed leader in his field, Mr. Pegalis serves on the adjunct legal faculty at New York Law School, and he has written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics related to medical malpractice and other issues. His multivolume publication, American Law of Medical Malpractice, has become a trusted reference for many lawyers throughout the country. Additionally, Mr. Pegalis maintains active involvement with the American Board of Trial Advocates, the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Pegalis also serves as dean for the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, and he is co-director of the Patient Safety Project initiative at New York Law School as well as member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Licensed to practice since 1966, he obtained his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%)
Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (90%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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: 516-684-2900

Fax: 516-684-2939

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Last Updated: 6/11/2019

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