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ALAN J. STERN

Alan J. Stern, an experienced trial lawyer, has been helping victims of negligence receive full and fair compensation for their injuries by litigating personal injury claims for over 30 years in the State of New York. He began his career by representing doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases and in defending municipalities, school districts, manufacturers and large companies in complex tort litigation. He then became a plaintiffs attorney for one of the most successful firms in its time, honed his skills and zealously represented injured victims. In 1992, he left a large, multi-national law firm and went out on his own, and methodically built a successful and widely respected law firm, which enjoys a fine reputation among the best in the legal community.

After 30 years of aggressively litigating clients’ claims, he is uniquely qualified and knowledgeable at handling a full array of multifaceted cases in State Courts, as well as Federal Courts. The firm is geared to protect and preserve all the clients’ rights, guiding them through claims processing, litigation, trial and through appeal, if necessary. He fights hard for his clients so they can rest comfortably, re-build their lives and concentrate on the business of healing.

Mr. Stern is well-known in the legal community, has consistently received the highest peer review rating byMartindale-Hubbell for skill and integrity, and is highly respected by judges and fellow attorneys in the legal community having established a reputation for powerful lawyering, preparation, thoroughness, and an aggressive and tireless approach of fighting for his clients to secure the maximum recovery on each case. His outstanding results stand as proof of his abilities. He is often written up in the New York Jury Verdict Reporter. He is the consummate lawyer’s lawyer and has built his practice from referrals, not just from satisfied clients, but often from other attorneys as well.

Educational Background
BA from Union College, 1978
JD from Hofstra University, School of Law, 1982
MBA from Hofstra University, School of Business, 1982

Bar Admissions
Admitted in New York State Bar, 1983
Admitted to Federal Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1983

Past Professional Affiliations
Furey, Furey, Gerver & McHenry (1983-1985)
Reichenbaum & Silberstein (1985-1987)
Kroll & Tract (1987-1992)

Past & Present Affiliations
Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County
Nassau County Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of New York
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
American Association for Justice
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Federal Bar Council
American Bar Association
Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers
Bronx County Bar Association
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers


ELYSE J. STERN

Elyse J. Stern practices in the fields of negligence, personal injury and malpractice. She serves as a trial attorney and handles all aspects of litigation. It is important to Ms. Stern to work closely with each client to develop a deep understanding of their particular injuries and disabilities. She has an extensive background in business and real estate. Given her business background, her experience, creative ideas and innovative insights, she brings a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to the practice of law, which contributes to maximizing client recovery.

While attending Hofstra Law School, Ms. Stern earned special recognition in several areas of concentration, such as Civil Litigation and Family Law. In the study of trial advocacy, she was outstanding among her peers and received the Advanced Trial Advocacy Award. In addition to her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University Law School, Ms. Stern holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Admitted to Practice
All New York State Courts
U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of New York

Past & Present Memberships
New York State Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Bronx County Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association
New York County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association




WALTER F. BENSON

In 1995, Walter F. Benson became affiliated with the Law offices of Alan J. Stern. Since then, he and Mr. Stern often combine to attain synergistic litigation approaches that have produced remarkable results. Mr. Benson’s extensive trial experience makes him a valuable member of our team. He continues to hold an of counsel position with the firm.

Mr. Benson’s legal career began at the New York City Corporation Counsel Office, defending the City of New York. He rose to the level of senior trial attorney in the Special Trial Unit, responsible for handling the highest exposure cases (catastrophic injuries, death, extensive media publicity cases involving police shootings, civil rights claims, police chases, medical malpractice and grievous personal injuries). In 1985, he joined Queller & Fisher, where he devoted himself to the litigation of plaintiff’s personal injury claims.

He has been a guest lecturer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Benson also practices in upstate New York. He is a graduate of St. John’s University, School of Law (J.D. 1981) and LeMoyne College (B.A. 1978). As a highly experienced trial attorney with over 30 years of courtroom experience, Mr. Benson has devoted his practice to litigating claims on behalf of accident victims. As a man of integrity and compassion, he speaks to jurors’ hearts and minds, and they listen. He continues to litigate significant personal injury cases throughout the New York City Metropolitan Area.


KIM DeMEO

Kim A. DeMeo is the senior paralegal and office manager of the the Stern Law Firm Firm and has worked for the firm since 1997. Kim has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal in the personal injury field and specializes in no-fault management, case administration and trial preparation. Kim grew up in Syosset, Long Island, graduated from St. John’s University, Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in pre-law and an Associate’s Degree in social work.