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David A. Kapelman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Law Offices of David A. Kapelman, P.C.
3 W 35th St
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-563-2010
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Appellate, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney David A. Kapelman is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of David A. Kapelman, P.C., in New York, New York. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 45 years of legal experience, Mr. Kapelman provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater New York City metro area who have legal needs involving any of the following areas:

  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Car, truck and other motor vehicle crashes
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Lead paint poisoning and toxic exposure
  • Dog bites
  • General civil litigation
  • Appeals

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Kapelman has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients adversely affected by someone else's negligent, careless or unlawful actions. Along with fighting for his clients' rights and entitlements in state and federal courts across his region, he has extensive experience handling appeals, and he maintains an unwavering resolve for helping his clients fight for the maximum amount of compensation they need and the justice they deserve.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Kapelman is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has earned consistent recognition from his peers. He has also received numerous five-star reviews from his satisfied clients, along with countless testimonials and referrals.

A 1973 graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Kapelman obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1976. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Kapelman is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Bronx County Bar Association and its Judiciary Committee, the New York State Bar Association and its Trial Lawyers Section, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, among other professional affiliations.

*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
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Appeals, Medical Malpractice


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About David A. Kapelman

First Admitted: 1977, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Recovery of $3.875 million in a Labor Law Section 240(1) case for a mechanical engineer who fell from a catwalk through an acoustical ceiling and sustained severe head injuries.
  • $1.2 million for a laborer who fell from a scissor scaffold.
  • A jury verdict of $1.1 million for a client who was struck by a vehicle that fell off a tow truck.
  • A $1.05 million settlement on the day of jury selection for a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle which mounted the sidewalk causing multiple fractures.
  • A $1 million settlement, after summation at a 3 week long trial, on behalf of the head of personal security for a major rock band who was struck by a vehicle driven by the Mexican Secret Service while trying to prevent what he thought was an attempted kidnapping of the band. The defendants (the concert promoters) had offered $50,000 at the beginning of the trial.
  • $950,000 for a construction worker struck by car at site.
  • Numerous recoveries for victims of rape and sexual assault, including a $900,000 settlement for a 7 year old boy who had been sodomized by another boy at camp.
  • $900,000 for trip and fall injury on a sidewalk obstruction.
  • Recovery of $900,000 in a result that established new case law in a Labor Law Section 241(6) case for a laborer who was injured when a 90 pound piece of ice fell from the roof of a power plant under construction in Plattsburgh, New York.
  • An $850,000 settlement for an Erb’s Palsy victim.
  • A $745,000 post trial award for a firefighter.
  • $675,000 for construction worker who suffered electrical burns.
  • A $625,000 settlement for a woman who was attacked by two dogs.
  • $615,000 for child bitten by a dog.
  • Numerous awards in lead paint poisoning cases, including $655,000, $575,000, $475,000, $425,000, $400,000, $390,000, $310,000, $300,000, $285,000 and other amounts.


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Tort Litigation, 1989-1992)
  • 1981, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1978, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 1977, New York
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State, Bar Association (Member, Trial Lawyers Section)
  • Bronx County (Member, Judiciary Committee, 2013 – Present)

Educational Background

  • Cornell University, B.S., 1973
  • Bronx High School of Science
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Office Location for David A. Kapelman

3 W 35th St
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-563-2010

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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