Steven E. Pegalis is the founding partner of Pegalis & Erickson, and one of the nation’s foremost medical malpractice trial lawyers. In his nearly 50 years practicing law as an advocate for seriously injured victims of negligence, he has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts. He is most proud of providing peace of mind, a sense of justice, and financial security for more than 2,000 clients to date. See Verdicts and Settlements
He and his firm develop personal relationships with each client while seeking the best possible result for their particular situation. It is the team’s truly personal investment in each case that has brought about consistent success on behalf of so many patients, year after year. The stacks of thank-you notes from clients and their families are among his most prized processions. See People We’ve Helped
In his earliest days as a trial lawyer, he first represented and won a case for a brain injured child, when very few understood how to handle such cases. Today, Pegalis continues to personally win major verdicts for those who have suffered because of avoidable medical mistakes, and continues to mentor and guide a legal team that he believes are without peer. He, along with his firm, has 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
· In 2004 he obtained a $111.7 million verdict for a brain injured child
For details on just a few of Steven Pegalis’ many poignant and successful cases, click here.
In July 2015, Steven Pegalis was named co-director, along with Irwin R. Merkatz, MD, of a groundbreaking initiative at New York Law School (NYLS) that is expected to make significant contributions to medical safety initiatives and promote innovative health law policies for the public good. Dr. Merkatz is a national leader in healthcare. Pegalis and Merkatz have created the NYLS initiative called the Patient Safety Project (PSP) in response to the challenges of healthcare providers to implement safety principles and deliver quality care, as the complexity of health care providers’ capability increases. Also in July 2015, Pegalis was honored by the Nassau County Bar Association's WE CARE Fund award which raises funds for some 100 charities in Nassau County.
Steven Pegalis is the author of American Law of Medical Malpractice, Volumes 1-3, now in its 3rd edition. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School teaching medical malpractice law, and serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. In fact, in 2007, New York Law School honored Steven Pegalis with their Groundbreaker Award for his lifetime commitment to his clients, and successfully pursuing their rights with passion. View Video
He is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a Dean of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an Associate in Law of the American College of Legal Medicine, and AV rated on Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence. He has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers® in New York and one of New York’s Super Lawyers.
Steven Pegalis has lectured extensively on medical/legal issues, and contributed his experience and viewpoint to numerous articles and publications. Click here for a list.
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 Bachelors Degree from Queens College of the City of New York.
2016 LAWYER OF THE YEAR — Steven Pegalis has been named 2016 Lawyer of the Year in the NY Metro Area for Plaintiffs' Medical Malpractice Actions.
Obtained $111.7 million verdict for a brain injured child — $111.7 million verdict for a 6 year old who sustained brain damage and cerebral palsy because of placental insufficiency. Reden v. Wagner (Suffolk).
$15.1 million verdict for the death due to delayed diagnosis
$15.1 million verdict for the death of a 38 year-old woman due to a failure to timely interpret and act on PAP smear data, resulting in a delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer. Pedone v. Metpath (Nassau).