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 twenty 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, 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 two decades of practicing law, Stephen 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 or a criminal matter, Stephen 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 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, Stephen 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, Mr. Bilkis understands the New York Family Court Act as well as Family Court procedure. He represents clients in contentious custody and visitation matters, litigation involving child relocation petitions, and custody cases involving allegations of parental alienation or family violence.
Stephen Bilkis has represented hundreds of clients in complex personal injury cases, including cases involving structured settlements and catastrophic 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 client 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.