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Michael S. Bender

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Astoria, NY

Michael S. Bender PC
31-19 Newtown Avenue, Ste 500
Astoria, NY 11102
Phone: 718-777-7123
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Health Care, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Attorney Profile

The founder of his law firm, Michael S. Bender focuses his practice solely on personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death litigation, on behalf of accident victims. Based in Astoria, Queens, and in Manhattan, he represents clients throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area, including its surrounding suburbs. Mr. Bender attended Boston University as an undergraduate, where he majored in political science with a minor in economics and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, graduating Cum Laude in 1976. He then went on to pursue his legal education at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1979.

Mr. Bender’s personal injury clients are people who have been harmed in all types of accidents. His cases have encompassed construction site accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, defective products and motor vehicle accidents, and many others. During his career he has been able to recover millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through negotiated settlements as well as verdicts at trial. Some of his recent successes have included a $4.625 million settlement for an individual who was injured in a car accident; $4.575 million for a construction worker injured on the job; $1.25 million for the family of a father and husband who died as a result of medical malpractice; and $1.350 million for a worker who had knee and shoulder surgery after falling down in the lobby of the building where he worked. He has had many other trial verdicts and settlements of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in a variety of medical malpractice and accident cases.

Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Bender spent many years  as an attorney at a highly regarded New York City, Manhattan based plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice law firm, and he remains "of counsel" to the firm. This experience and ongoing relationship allow him to take on even the most challenging and complex cases for his clients. Mr. Bender is admitted to practice in all the state courts of New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has written and argued many appeals during the course of his career before the appellate courts of the state of New York. 

Mr. Bender started his own law firm so that he could personally handle all aspects of the cases he accepts, without relying upon the young and inexperienced associates who typically do much of the legal work at the larger firms. His goal is to provide personal, compassionate and highly skilled legal representation, drawing upon his deep and varied experience and his passion for the law to help the injured of New York.  He will be there representing you at each important stage of your case, for every important court date, deposition and at trial or settlement. 

Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Health Care
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Nursing Home, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015, 2020 - 2022

About Michael S. Bender

First Admitted: 1979, Georgia

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past President, Long Island City Lawyers Club
  • New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association, 1983
  • American Bar Association

Educational Background

  • Boston University, Bachelor of Arts, 1976
  • Emory University, School of Law, Juris Doctor 1979


  • Who's Who, Lifetime Achievement Award , 2020
  • Top Attorneys Of North America
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award-American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys , 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Club

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Club
  • New York State Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top Attorneys Of North America
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Office Location for Michael S. Bender

31-19 Newtown Avenue
Ste 500
Astoria, NY 11102

Phone: 718-777-7123

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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