Stephanie S. Gelber

Stephanie S. Gelber

Stephanie S. Gelber is an experienced plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance coverage lawyer, who began her career in New York City more than 30 years ago. After relocating to Western New York she became a partner in the law firm of Lustig & Brown, LLP, which concentrated its practice in several insurance specialties. She later became one of the Managing Partners at the firm. Prior to joining Gelber & O’Connell, LLC as its Managing Attorney, she additionally trained as a Mediator (in accordance with the NYS Unified Court System) and obtained her New York State Property & Casualty Insurance Consultant license.

Ms. Gelber advocates on behalf of plaintiffs in car and truck accident, medical malpractice, dangerous drug and defective medical device cases through litigation, mediation and arbitration. She researches, analyzes and evaluates liability, damage and insurance coverage issues in personal injury and medical malpractice cases to maximize insured recoveries and, additionally, consults with other law firms on these issues. She manages the law firm, including its marketing, public relations, human resources, contract negotiations, health and retirement benefits, insurance procurement and physical plant.

Ms. Gelber graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York Law School at night in 4 years while working full time as a paralegal for the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.

Ms. Gelber is currently an appointed member of the Town of Amherst Planning Board, a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Co-Chair of NAWBO’s Public Policy Committee and the Treasurer of the Miss Buffalo Scholarship Pageant Organization. She is a former elected member of the Williamsville Central School District School Board and a former appointed member of the Food Bank of WNY Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for First Book of WNY, the Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places Board and the Town of Amherst Minority/Women Owned Business Committee.  She has been recognized by the legal community by being invited annually to judge the SUNY Buffalo Law School Mediation Advocacy Competition.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2010

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1987

Education

  • New York Law School, New York, New York
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

Honors and Awards

  • Town of Amherst Planning Board, Appointed Member
  • First Book WNY (Literacy) Advisory Board, Appointed Member (former)
  • Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places Board, Appointed Member (former)
  • Williamsville Central School District, Elected Board Member (former)
  • Food Bank of WNY Advisory Council, Appointed Member (former)
  • Town of Amherst Minority/Women Owned Businesses Committee, Appointed Member (former)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Women Business Owners – Buffalo Niagara Chapter, Board of Directors/Co-Chair of Public Policy Committee
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • NYS Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • NYS Bar Association, Member
  • WNY Affiliate of NYSTLA, Member
  • Bar Association of Erie County, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Lustig & Brown, LLP, Managing Partner
  • Lustig & Brown, LLP, Partner