Stephen's Practice Areas
- Accidents & Personal Injuries
- Criminal Defense
- Employment Injuries
- Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- White Collar Crimes
Steve is the founding partner and chair of our Personal Injury and Criminal Defense practice. Under his leadership, O’Connell & Aronowitz has become one of the most active personal injury and criminal defense law firms in Upstate New York.
Steve is one of the few lawyers in upstate New York who has excelled in both the personal injury and criminal defense fields. With over thirty-five years of experience at the State and Federal levels, he is considered one of the most successful trial lawyers in these two diverse practice areas. He has been recognized by his peers for his record setting verdicts and settlements and his unique ability to master both personal injury and criminal defense trials. Steve has consistently been named to the list and was featured on the cover of the in 2010 for this distinction.
Steve Coffey is known for his fearless approach when confronted with injustice. He has enjoyed powerful courtroom victories and has consistently garnered million dollar verdicts for his clients in cases that are often highly complex and high profile. Most recently, Steve obtained a $43 million dollar verdict for a brain injured woman whose case had been turned down by several attorneys. His second largest brain injury verdict came after representing a child in a highly complex product liability case against a corporate giant. The verdict exceeded $20 million dollars. Steve has obtained verdicts in excess of one million dollars in ten cases and has obtained countless settlements that have exceeded one million dollars.
Steve has enjoyed the same unrelenting success as a criminal defense lawyer. He is widely recognized in the Capital District as one of its premiere criminal defense trial lawyers. Steve has justly earned that reputation through his representation of thousands of clients in both street crime cases (e.g., DWI, assault, sex abuse, murder) and highly complex white collar cases (e.g., Medicaid fraud, embezzlement). He has secured dozens of acquittals.
Steve’s knowledge, insight and analytical skill have translated easily from the courtroom to the media. Local television and radio stations have looked to Stephen as a regular commentator for highly publicized local and national criminal cases. A former Assistant District Attorney for Albany County and Chief Felony Prosecutor, Steve was the youngest Felony Bureau Chief to serve in Albany County. He also served as Special Prosecutor in Fulton and Albany Counties. Steve has complimented his civil and criminal trial skill with an extensive appellate practice. He has briefed and argued cases in the Appellate Divisions throughout the State of New York, the New York Court of Appeals and the Federal Appellate Courts. He has lectured and written extensively on civil and criminal trial practice. Steve is an active participant of local and national charitable organizations involving disabled individuals, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Living Resources and The Miracle League.
- Albany Law School
- Siena College
- United States Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Western District of New York
- New York State
Memberships / Professional Associations
- American Association for Justice2011- present
- American Bar Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates2005-present
- New York State Bar Association
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New York State Defenders Association
- Albany County Bar Association
- Daniel Mahoney Memorial Award, Capital District Trial Lawyers Association2014
- Super Lawyer2007 – 2013
- AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell, 2013
Second Degree Murder
Practice Area:Criminal Defense
Date:June 12, 2014
Outcome:Found Not Guilty.
Description:Defendant charged with second degree murder in death of infant son.
Motor Vehicle Accident due to Defective Product
Practice: Area:Personal Injury
Date:May 18, 1992
Outcome:$20.5 million verdict.
Description:Litigation for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident due to defective product design.