Steven Perkel Of Counsel



Steven Perkel defends all aspects of general liability matters in New York State courts. Steve has significant experience with complex, high exposure, catastrophic cases involving construction accidents, premises liability, construction defect and product liability matters. Also, Steve handles coverage issues including drafting coverage opinions for clients and litigating matters.

A major part of Steve’s practice involves representing owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction litigation. Additionally, he represents property owners and commercial tenants in premises liability matters involving trip/slip and falls and other negligent actions, including representation in premises matters involving security guards.

In litigation, Steve concentrates on initial evaluations and takes a proactive approach throughout the investigative stage through trial. He has obtained numerous verdicts and countless settlements for a range of clients. Steve also has extensive experience resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration.

Before joining Wilson Elser, Steve was a partner in the Labor Law/ Construction group of a well-established boutique insurance defense firm. He has appeared on legal commentary shows as a guest commentator.

Areas of Focus

Steve handles the legal aftermath of construction accidents − from accusation of professional negligence to those claims where the employer has lost workers compensation immunity and is directly liable to the plaintiff/employer − skillfully sorting out the liability for an injury or wrongful death. Steve represents those directly involved in these disputes as well as their insurers and sureties, including owner-controlled and contractor-controlled wrap-up insurance programs. He knows well how to unravel the complexities that define construction liability to help protect his clients’ balance sheets. In the construction litigation area, Steve has successfully handled catastrophic injury cases brought against general contractors, subcontractors and owners.