“I’m always cognizant of the positive impact a personal injury attorney can have on someone’s life, both directly and indirectly related to the case.”
From the age of fifteen, Steve Gokberk knew from that he wanted to be an attorney. A class in American Civil Law taught by a great teacher sparked his interest and inspired him to join his high school mock trial team. “The cases we were studying all related to torts and personal injury. The idea of helping people to right wrongs resonated with me right from the start. From that moment I directed all my future studies toward law.”
Steve has never strayed from his pursuit of the law and making a difference in peoples’ lives. He pursued pre-law studies and served as the president of the legal society as an undergraduate at St. John’s University. As president, Steve helped to organize volunteering opportunities for the group, including organizational help with an American Breast Cancer walk at St. Johns that traveled along Queens Blvd.
While at St. John’s Law, Steve did a full year externship with the New York Legal Assistance Group, a not-for-profit that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who can’t afford a private lawyer. While there, Steve handled initial case intake and other pre-trial work. He also assisted adult victims of domestic violence in court to help them attain temporary orders of protection and visitation matters prior to their case being handled by a lawyer. Steve’s exceptional work there earned him the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® for both semesters. The CALI Award is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class at many law schools.
Steve started at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro as a law clerk. He became an associate when admitted to the bar.
He handles every aspect of case preparation including accident location investigation, depositions, client intake, no-fault issues, notice of claim filings and legal pleadings. “I’ve found that clients really appreciate a patient, sympathetic listener who takes his time to hear everything they have to say. Initially there’s a hesitation but as they start talking, clients open up and express their feelings—knowing that we’re there to help them. This helps us to get to the core of the issues.”
Steve has volunteered with the Nassau County Bar Association’s child mentoring program. “I meet with a middle school student to motivate and help them work toward positive goals.”
His legal work combined with volunteerism was recognized by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 they honored him and twenty-nine other leaders under the age of thirty at the Huntington Chamber Celebrates Long Island’s Young Professionals. More honors followed including Certificate of Recognition by the Armenian Bar Association.
“My volunteerism has demonstrated to me the impact that a personal injury attorney can have on someone’s life, both inside and out of the courtroom.”