Stephen Chyi is an associate attorney at Leav & Steinberg, LLP, and he performs all aspects of litigation from intake to trial. As a former Brooklyn prosecutor, Mr. Chyi has extensive experience zealously litigating for seriously injured New Yorkers, identifying and obtaining critical evidence, understanding the emotional perspective of serious injuries, empathetically preparing clients for all stages of litigation, and fighting for those who are unable to fight for themselves.
Establishing client trust is essential to successful case resolution. Mr. Chyi prioritizes providing attentive support throughout the entire legal process by making himself available at any time to meet or speak with clients to discuss and resolve any concerns or questions. Mr. Chyi firmly believes in investigating and preparing each case as if they are going to trial in order to obtain the highest resolutions on behalf of his clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chyi worked at a prominent New York medical malpractice defense firm where he gained valuable experience in litigating serious injury cases and establishing effective dialogue with insurance companies and their attorneys to obtain case resolutions and settlements for the highest possible value.
As an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Chyi investigated and prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, including armed robberies, assaults, burglaries, check and credit card fraud, drug possession, felony weapons possession, financial fraud, identity theft, intoxicated driving, serious felony assaults, and vehicular offenses. With extensive experience in grand jury presentations and trials, Mr. Chyi has zealously cross-examined defendants and defense witnesses.
In 2016, Mr. Chyi earned his Juris Doctorate from City University of New York. While in law school, Mr. Chyi gained vast experiences and perspectives as an intern in the Appeals Department of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office; a judicial intern with Justice Troy R. Webber of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Bronx County, who he assisted in writing a decision featured in the New York Law Journal frontpage and where he observed a homicide trial; the Civilian Complaint Review Board where he assisted prosecutors in police officer disciplinary proceedings; and as a student advocate for the Community Health Advocates where Mr. Chyi disputed health insurance coverage denials on behalf of New Yorkers. A member of the school’s moot court, Mr. Chyi honed his advocacy skills as a student prosecutor with the NYC Taxi Limousine Commission and prosecuted a wide range of violations.
In 2012, Mr. Chyi received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At SUNY Buffalo, Mr. Chyi was the Vice President of Leadership of the Alpha Phi Omega – a National Service Fraternity. It was during Mr. Chyi’s undergraduate internship at a New York personal injury firm, where he assisted in a case against a major pharmaceutical company, when his journey in serious personal injury advocacy began.
Mr. Chyi is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, enjoys communicating with everyone, and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin conversationally. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and mini-goldendoodle.