Stephanie R. Messina
Car Accident Attorney
Attorney Stephanie R. Messina grew up in Amherst, New York, and attended Amherst Central High School and the University at Buffalo, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies, magna cum laude. She then attended Albany Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude in May 2012. In addition to her focus on personal injury, Stephanie has extensive experience in working with trusts and estates. In the past, she has represented local medical practices, unions, condominium and tenant associations, and other health care organizations, as well as local start-up businesses.
While earning her Juris Doctor at Albany Law School, Stephanie interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, where she worked under a student practice order in the prosecution and adjudication of both criminal and civil cases. There, she assisted in prosecution on narcotics smuggling and distribution cases, as well as United States Postal Service litigation. Stephanie also worked in the Albany City Domestic Violence Court, under a practice order to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence. She authored a piece with regard to New York State’s anti-strangulation law in 2011 with regard to the first defendants to be charged under the new statute.
Before that, Stephanie worked as an intern with the Albany Law School Health Clinic, which gave her an opportunity to represent low-income clients in their guardianship proceedings and Social Security Disability proceedings. There, she represented clients suffering from HIV/AIDs, or from cancer, in SSD hearings and appeals.
In her last year of law school, Stephanie was on the Board of Editors for the Albany Government Law Review. As Managing Editor of Research & Writing, she assisted in the publication of Baseball and the Law: America’s National Pastime. She also concentrated her research on pending litigation in the New York State Senate that would allow medical specialists to expand their scope of practice.
Stephanie also studied abroad in China, visiting Shanghi, Beijing, and Xian. There, she enjoyed collaborating with local law students, and visiting the Shanghai Maritime Court.
Stephanie prides herself on her client communication skills. While in law school, she was the winner of the Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition in 2010. She prides herself on employing an empathetic, truthful, and down-to-earth approach to relationships with her clients.
While in law school, Stephanie took on an active role as a research assistant in both Constitutional Law and in Legal Research and Writing Seminars; there, she assisted law professors in their instruction and guidance of law students. She has held internships with the Erie County Attorney’s Office and the Erie County Family Court, and was also appointed to assist a district attorney’s office in research concerning capital punishment.
Stephanie is passionate about car seat and child restraint safety, and works to assist other parents in properly installing and utilizing child restraints in their vehicles. She is an advocate for extended rear facing of car seats for babies, toddlers, and young children, and for more stringent legislation mandating that young children be kept rear-facing as long as possible, pursuant to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations.
While in law school, Stephanie also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the law school’s student newspaper, The Issue. Stephanie has always wanted to be an attorney, and she knew that her strong writing and negotiating skills would be a perfect match for the profession. Stephanie has enjoyed being an advocate for clients and helping them when they face difficult situations.
When asked what she likes most about her job, Stephanie said, “As an attorney on the William Mattar team, I have the opportunity to assist real clients who have been injured and are struggling. The best part of my job is being able to reassure clients that they are not alone, and that we will face the coming legal challenges together. Making sure clients are properly compensated for their pain and suffering is so rewarding because I have the privilege of guiding them through what, for some, has been one of the worst experiences of their lives, and achieve a positive end result for them. I enjoy being both a sympathetic ear and a zealous advocate for clients through this process, and making sure to achieve the best possible end result for them in the least amount of time.”
While in college, Stephanie was a contributing writer, and then went on to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the University at Buffalo’s student newspaper, The Spectrum. She managed and instructed students in the creation of a tri-weekly student publication, as well as contributing to the newspaper’s investigative reporting staff. She co-authored the textbook “Introduction to Student Journalism” while at the University at Buffalo. Further, she was asked to be the introductory speaker for author Anna Quindlen’s visit to the University at Buffalo as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Stephanie also worked as a news reporting and copy editing intern with The Buffalo News. In February 2009, she was hired to assist producers of ABC World News with Charles Gibson in their coverage of the crash of Continental Connection Flight #3407 in Clarence, New York.
Stephanie is an active member of the community, and holds memberships in the Erie County Bar Association and the Western New York Trial Lawyers’ Association. She is an avid reader, and has volunteered with school-age children in before-school reading programs; she also participates in a 50-book-a-year annual reading challenge. She is a former volleyball coach and continues to play recreationally.
She accredits her parents for encouraging her to go into the legal field, and for emphasizing the importance of education, focus, and discipline. Outside of the office, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and dogs. She and her family are active members at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo. She and her husband work with a local animal rescue which fosters and places animals for adoption. Stephanie and her husband enjoy traveling to Buffalo Bills away games and on exotic beach vacations.
- SUNY Buffalo, Amherst (B.A.), magna cum laude, 2009
- Albany Law School (J.D.), cum laude, 2012
- New York State, 2013
Professional Associations & Memberships
- New York State Bar Association