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Steven E. Pegalis, Founder

Steven E. Pegalis


Steven E. Pegalis is one of the nation’s foremost plaintiffs’ medical malpractice trial lawyers and the founder of Pegalis Law Group. Still actively doing what he has done over so many years, in 2019 he obtained a mediated settlement in the amount of $8.5 million dollar for a young woman who lost her mother, as a result of medical negligence. In 2018, he obtained a $10 million dollar court settlement for a client involving a complex spinal surgery case. Pegalis’ most recent jury verdict in 2019 was in the amount of $4.7 million dollars, following his client’s treatment for a brain aneurysm. Steven Pegalis was named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America®, among only 5% of all attorneys to be listed. It was his 14th consecutive year. In his nearly 50 years as an advocate for seriously injured victims of negligence, Pegalis has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts.

He is most proud of providing peace of mind, a sense of justice, and financial security to clients. Stacks of photos and thank-you notes from clients’ families are among his most prized processions. He believes his team’s personal investments in each case are without peer, and has resulted in consistent success for patients year after year. He and his firm have 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, and in 2004 he obtained a $111.7 million verdict for a brain injured child. In 2019, Pegalis was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership in the Law” by the New York Law School. He was the only lawyer named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® for 2019, for Long Island Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs. He was also singularly named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” on Long Island, for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation, and in 2016, was named “Lawyer of the Year,” for Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice lawyer in New York, by Best Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in America®. Additionally in 2016, Pegalis was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). In 2015, Pegalis was named co-director of the Patient Safety Project initiative at New York Law School (NYLS), which focuses on making significant contributions to medical safety and promoting innovative health law policies for the public good. Also in 2015, Pegalis was honored with the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund award.

Pegalis is the author of American Law of Medical Malpractice, Volumes 1-3, now in its 3rd edition. He serves on the NYLS Board of Trustees, is an Adjunct Professor of Law, and was honored with school’s Groundbreaker Award for a lifetime commitment to his clients, and successfully pursuing their rights with passion. Pegalis is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a Dean Emeritus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, and a member of the American Association for Justice, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an Associate in Law of the American College of Legal Medicine, and is AV rated on Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence since 1982. Each year since 2006 he is voted to the Best Lawyers® List in New York and the New York Super Lawyers List. Pegalis has lectured extensively on medical/legal issues, and contributed his experience and viewpoint to numerous articles and publications. 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 Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College of the City of New York.


New York Law School, JD
Queens College of the City of New York, Bachelor’s Degree

BAR Admissions/Qualifications

New York
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York

September 16, 2020

Four Pegalis Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List

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February 12, 2020

Launch of strives to educate people on being proactive patients and wise consumers of health care

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December 11, 2019

Pegalis Law Group Recognized in Top Law Industry Publications

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November 5, 2019

Lake Success Attorneys Named to 2019 Metro New York Super Lawyers® List

October 29, 2019

Four Pegalis Attorneys Named to 2019 Metro New York Super Lawyers® List

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October 18, 2019

Steven Pegalis featured in The Island Now newspaper

October 8, 2019

Steven Pegalis Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

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February 28, 2017

Author Steven Pegalis, Perinatal Brain Injury: The Legal Rights of a Disabled Child