Steven B. Aptheker

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Steven B. Aptheker, co-founder of the firm, is a partner in both the Litigation and Transactional practice groups. Mr. Aptheker has been an active commercial lawyer for more than thirty years and has practiced in state and federal courts. He has handled cases in different venues on the east coast, including Florida, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has regularly been admitted pro hac vice in several of those jurisdictions. Mr. Aptheker is also qualified for court appointment, and has been appointed, as a receiver pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of the State of New York. He has also served as a court appointed guardian.

Mr. Aptheker has served as general counsel to many entrepreneurial clients and has been the lead attorney on major transactions such as UPREITs and business acquisitions and mergers, as well as a broad variety of commercial and corporate matters including partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of contract, debt workout, brokerage claims and matrimonial disputes for his commercial clients. He has extensive experience in representing debtors in real estate transactions, having negotiated and restructured hundreds of millions of dollars worth of real estate loans, including mortgage backed securities.

Mr. Aptheker is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Southern District of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has also served as an arbitrator in the Small Claims District Court in Suffolk County.

Mr. Aptheker is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A., 1969) and Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. Cum Laude, 1982) where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.

Mr. Aptheker is the co-author of several published articles, including:
What Does a Real Estate Broker Have to do to Earn a Commission, Journal of the Suffolk County Academy of Law, Volume 5, 1988
Analyzing Securitized Mortgages on Commercial Property, New York Law Journal, March 11, 2010
Foreclosure Actions: Is Federal Court a Viable Option?, New York Law Journal, January 3, 2011
Breach of Non-Compete Agreements: Establishing Damages, The Suffolk Lawyer, December 2011
Rethinking Tort Claims In Employment Discrimination Cases, New York Law Journal, September 18, 2012
Examining Restrictive Covenants in Physicians’ Contracts, New York Law Journal, March 12, 2013

Mr. Aptheker was an officer in the United States Army and served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 as a First Lieutenant in the 7th Squadron/17th Air Cavalry and was awarded a bronze star for his service. He was a member of the Army Reserves until 1986 when he was honorably discharged as a Major in the Military Intelligence Branch. Mr. Aptheker has also run in and completed sixteen 26.2 mile marathons.


Feb 27 2018

Named 2018 Recipient of MoXY Award Honoring Men who have Advanced the Careers of Women

Steve Aptheker, a co-founder and former managing partner of the Firm, and a partner in the Litigation and Transactional practice groups, will be receiving a MoXY Award at a luncheon on April 26th at the Mansion at Oyster Bay honoring men who have advanced the careers of women. Moxxie Mentoring Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit...

Feb 18 2015

Sale of Self-Storage Facility in Sebastian, Florida

Represented the sellers in the closing of a $3,000,000 sale of a self-storage facility in Sebastian, Florida.

Sep 16 2014

Florida Marathon

Placed first in his age group in the 2014 Jensen Beach, Florida Marathon

Sep 16 2014

Successful Settlement

Represented a commercial shopping center landlord in the successful settlement of a breach/wrongful termination of lease action in Supreme Court, Nassau County

Jun 27 2014

Multi-million Dollar Civil Conspiracy

Successfully defended client in a multi-million dollar civil conspiracy bench trial in Miami-Dade County, Florida where co-defendant was found liable for almost $18 million

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Bankruptcy: Debtors & Creditors
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Matrimonial
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Trusts and Estates

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
561-507-0731  Phone
631-761-0820  Phone
631-761-0703  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 1969
Law School Attended:
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1982
Year of First Admission:
Jurisdiction: Florida; Court: US District Court of Florida, Middle District of Florida; Court: U.S. Court of Appeals - 11th Circuit; Jurisdiction: New York; Admission Date: Jan. 23, 2009; Admission Date: Nov. 4, 2009; Admission Date: Aug. 24, 2010; Court: Supreme Court of Florida; Court: United States Southern District; Court: United States Eastern District; Court: Southern District of Florida; Court: Appellate Division, Second Department; Jurisdiction: Atlanta, GA; Admission Date: Sept. 1983; Admission Date: Oct. 1, 2008; Admission Date: Feb. 1984; Admission Date: Sept. 1984

Bar Associations

•The Florida Bar

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, August 31, 1948

Peer Reviews

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West Palm Beach, Florida

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