Stephen BilkisHead of Law Office
Stephen Bilkis is the founder and principal of the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Stephen has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of law, and provides a range of services to clients throughout Nassau County, Manhattan, Suffolk County, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island and Westchester County. He is committed to providing his clients with the highest level of personal service in the areas of estate planning, family law, personal injury, criminal law and bankruptcy.
Stephen graduated from Touro Law School in 1997 and was admitted to the New York bar the same year. Soon after graduating from law school Stephen established the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. During over 2 decades of practicing law, Mr. Bilkis has handled hundreds of cases. Because of his well-earned reputation as a knowledgeable and effective attorney, Stephen and his team have become distinguished commentators on today's legal issues and have appeared on CNN, CBS, CNBC, and ABC New York, as well as in the New York Times, New York Post and Newsday. Whether the case is a civil matter such as representing a client injured by a reckless driver, or a criminal matter such as defending a client accused of a grand larceny or a drug offense, Mr. Bilkis works hard to protect his client’s interests as though they were his own.
As an estate planning attorney Stephen Bilkis is recognized for his ability to reduce complex legal principles related to estate planning and asset protection into understandable concepts. He is experienced in implementing a wide-range of estate planning strategies from basic will drafting to the use of complex trusts, and in developing strategies to transfer wealth efficiently using sophisticated planning techniques that defer or eliminate taxes. In addition, Mr. Bilkis is experienced in the preparation of long-term care strategies as well as long-term care asset protection using various tools such as Medicaid irrevocable trusts.
In the area of family law Stephen Bilkis is adept at navigating the sometimes complex and often emotionally charged area of negotiating and drafting comprehensive divorce, pre-marital, and post-marital agreements, as well as complex property divisions. In addition, he handles high conflict custody disputes, litigation involving child removal actions, and custody cases involving allegations of child abuse and alienation.
Stephen Bilkis has handled hundreds of personal injury cases, including many complex cases involving permanent disabilities and structured settlements. Mr. Bilkis, along with his experienced team, performs extensive research and investigations for each case, including gathering all medical records and bringing in experts from various fields whenever necessary, as it is critical to establish the cause of an accident, as well as the causes and extent of injuries. He consistently uses his expertise to maximize recovery for his clients using his knowledge of New York State and federal law related to personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, Social Security, Medicare, and taxation. Moreover, he is very skilled in coordinating liability and health insurance benefits.
Stephen Bilkis is a highly accomplished and respected criminal defense attorney with a reputation for effectiveness and results. Not only does he have a winning record before juries, he also is adept at winning pretrial. Stephen's deep knowledge of the New York criminal code allows him to find creative ways to routinely achieve the best possible result in each case.
As part of his bankruptcy practice Stephen Bilkis represents with sensitivity and professionalism both individual and business clients who are experiencing financial difficulties. With a concern toward the long-term financial health of his clients, Stephen advises clients on options for getting out of debt and helps them chart a course that will ensure that they will rebuild their credit and have a healthy financial future.
Stephen Bilkis has been a member of numerous bar associations and organizations including the American Prepaid Legal Institute, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, AARP Legal Services Network, and the American Association for Justice.
J.D., Touro Law School, 1997
American Prepaid Legal Institute
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York State Bar Association
AARP Legal Services Network
American Association for Justice