Meet Workers Comp Attorney Paula Stefanou
Bergen County and Middlesex County Lawyer in the Teaneck, New Jersey Office
Paula Stefanou, of Counsel in the firm’s Teaneck, New Jersey office, joined the Spevack legal team in 2015. Ms. Stefanou primarily handles workers compensation cases as well as Municipal Court matters involving non-indictable offenses on behalf of the firm.
A member of the New Jersey Bar since 2001, Paula Stefanou has amassed a broad range of legal and professional experience that greatly enhances her ability to effectively advocate for her clients.
Experience on Both Sides of Injury Claims
For over 8 years prior to joining the firm, Ms. Stefanou handled complex third-party liability claims and coverage matters at various insurance companies. Representative claims included wrongful death lawsuits, motor vehicle accidents and trucking litigation, product and premises liability cases, and occupational toxic tort exposures, such as asbestos, benzene and diacetyl.
During her employment on the insurance side, Ms. Stefanou gained invaluable experience assessing coverage, determining case value and negotiating third party settlements as well as workers’ compensation liens. She also served as in-house counsel for one year during that period supporting the Personal Auto and Commercial Auto business units of ISO (Insurance Services Office), the leading provider of standard insurance forms. There, Ms. Stefanou gained a thorough understanding of auto coverage, particularly with respect to PIP/No-fault insurance. In representing workers compensation petitioners, Ms. Stefanou is able to leverage her experience resolving claims for insurance companies to effectively negotiate favorable settlements for her clients.
Prior to working in the insurance industry, and after completing a trial level judicial clerkship, Paula Stefanou worked at the NJ Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for approximately 4 years. As a DAG, Ms. Stefanou regularly appeared in court litigating protective service and guardianship cases on behalf of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS). She also counseled the N.J. Board of Nursing.
Fluent in Spanish, she is able to communicate directly with clients, which, together with her personable and compassionate style, positively impacts the relationship with those she represents.
Besides workers compensation and personal injury, Ms. Stefanou also has experience in matrimonial law, special education and medical provider reimbursement matters. Her breadth of experience makes her a valuable asset to the Spevack Law Firm.
- New Jersey- 2001
- United States District Court, District of New Jersey- 2001
- Rutgers School of Law- Newark, JD- 2001
- Rutgers University- New Brunswick, B.A. (Spanish)-1996
- Universidad de Sevilla, Spain- Fall, 1994
- NJ State Bar Association
- Bergen County Bar Association
- Volunteer Attorney- Volunteer Lawyers for Justice