Howard S. Shafer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Shafer Partners, LLP
 | 125 Maiden Lane, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-235-1363
Fax: 646-435-9434
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (70%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Howard S. Shafer is a Partner in the law firm of Shafer Partners, LLP, in New York, NY, where he represents defendants in cases involving chiropractic malpractice, construction law, employment law, nursing home liabilty, personal injury, professional liability, cyber liability and data privacy, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) and insurance matters. With more than 28 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense area, he represents businesses in New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, as well as in New Jersey.

    After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies from Rutgers University, Mr. Shafer earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is licensed to practice in the state courts of both New York and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

    Mr. Shafer currently serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, is the Corporate Secretary of The Jewish Lawyers Guild and is President of Your House Counsel (R), The National Consortium of Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense Law Firms. He is also an elected Bergen County New Jesey Municipal Committee Representative. Past positions include: Arbitrator for the New York City Civil Court; Board Member of the Englewood New Jersey Economic Development Corporation; Member of the Englewood New Jersey Zoning Board of Adjustment; Past Chair of the New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section; and Past New York State Chair of the Claims and Litigation Managment Alliance.

    Recognized for his knowledge and experience, Mr. Shafer has been invited by professional organizations to lecture on legal topics on numerous occasions. The attorney peer review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating, AV Preeminent.*

    Mr. Shafer is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

    While we have many relationships and accomplishments, two of them truly speak to who we are.

    Our firm has represented the largest private security company in the country for the past 15 years and Howard Shafer has personally represented them for over 25 years through four General Counsel. Their work includes auto, premises, security and civil rights work. We have represented them almost exclusively in the downstate New York area and also in Northern New Jersey.

    In 2013 we applied for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tort litigation panel. The MTA maintains the panel for all sister agencies. The New York City Transit Authority is one of those agencies. The volume of litigation and number of defense counsel on their panel would likely rival many small states. When we got on the panel we were not optimistic about seeing work from it. We started getting work which initially included Note of Issue (trial readiness) reports and depositions. The first time we visited the office, many of the Staff Attorneys and Bureau Chiefs knew our firm simply from our reports and raved about us. While the work we were getting was nice, we again thought it unlikely that we would see trial work from the Transit Authority. We did get an opportunity to try one of their cases and with a great result we had the opportunity for more. We have quickly become a go to trial firm for them and one of their regulars. There are few entities that try as many cases as they do.

    *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
    • 70%Personal Injury - General: Defense
    • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Defense, Wage & Hour Laws, Insurance, Insurance Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

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    About Howard Shafer

    Admitted: 1989, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • New York Super Lawyer, 2006-present
    • Selected for the Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009-present
    • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2006
    • President, Your House Counsel (R) - The National Consortium of Highly Regarded Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense Law Firms, 2020
    • Member, Labor and Employment Section, New York State Bar Association
    • Corporate Secretary, The Jewish Lawyers Guild, 2020
    • Arbitrator, New York City Civil Court; Economic Development Corporation, Englewood, NJ (Past); Zoning Board of Adjustment, Englewood, NJ (Past)
    • New Jersey, 2006
    • Member, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law section, New York State Bar Association
    • Bergen County Bar Association
    • Past New York State Chair, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts, 1990
    • Vice-President – Financial and Treasurer, Jewish Lawyers Guild
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    • Executive Committee Member, New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section (Past Chair), 2020
    • Past Chair, Corporate Counsel Section, NYSBA, 2013
    • New York, 1989

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Chaired the Third Corporate Counsel Institute, co-sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association in New York City
    • A Refresher on New York Dram Shop Liability, NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Spring 2008, Vol 37, No. 1
    • Amendments to the N.Y. CPLR on Motion Practice, New York Law Journal, August 15, 2007, Inside Magazine (publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the NY State Bar Association), Fall, 2006.
    • Highlights From The First Corporate Counsel Institute, Inside Magazine (publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the NY State Bar Association), Winter, 2005
    • Removal In Federal Diversity Jurisdiction Cases And Subsequent Occurring Events – The Amount in Controversy, The Defendant, September 1997
    • Without Prejudice Dismissal Does Not Guarantee Extension, New York Law Journal, May 15, 1996


    • Alagna v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, 263 A.D.2d 430 (1st Dep't, 1999)
    • Anderson v. Abodeen, 29 A.D.3d 431 (1st Dep't, 2006)
    • Murray v. Morelli, P.C., 208 A.D.2d 604 (2nd Dep't, 1994)
    • Martinez v. City of New York, 299 A.D.2d 526 (2nd Dep't, 2002)
    • Finch v. Pers, 842 F. Supp 78 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)
    • Schecter, v. 210 E. 90th St. Owners, Inc., 271 A.D.2d 224 (1st Dep't, 2000)
    • Walton v Mercy College, 93 A.D.3d 460 (1st Dep't, 2012)

    Representative Clients:

    • Metro-North Commuter Railroad, 2020
    • New York Liquidation Bureau, 2020
    • New York City Transit Authority, 2020
    • Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1989
    • Rutgers, B.A., Labor Studies, 1986

    Industry Groups

    • Claims And Litigation Management Alliance
    • Corporate Counsel Section NYSBA
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    • Torts Insurance And Compensation Law Section NYSBA
    • Your House Counsel (R)
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    Office Location for Howard S. Shafer

    125 Maiden Lane
    16th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    Phone: 212-235-1363

    Fax: 646-435-9434

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