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Schneider, Mark A. Esq.
57 Court Street Plattsburgh, NY
Phone: (518) 566-6666
Fax: (518) 566-6667



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Lawyer Overview

Mark Schneider has been representing injured people, victims of injustice, workers, and immigrants since he graduated from Boston College Law School in 1981. He is nationally known for his legal work.

For many years, Mark provided free legal assistance to low income clients as a legal services lawyer. He represented migrant farm workers in Texas, Maine, and Michigan and won important federal cases – among them Mendez v. Brady, 618 F.Supp. 579 (C.D.Mich.1985) and Vega v. Gasper, 36 F.3d 417, 424-25 (5th Cir. 1994). Mark appeared in a CBS documentary as a farm worker advocate in 1995. From 1990 to 1994, he was the managing attorney of the Texas Rural Legal Aid office in El Paso, Texas.

For several years in Harlingen, Texas, Mark represented Central American refugees in political asylum cases. He appeared on the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, All Things Considered, and was quoted in the New York Times and Newsweek advocating for refugees.

Mark has been practicing law in Plattsburgh since 1996. He has won and settled injury claims totaling over $2 million since that time. These cases include auto accidents, hunting accidents, defective products, and slip and falls. You can read summaries of these cases by clicking on "past cases" at the menu to the left.

Mark has also won over a million dollars combined for his many Social Security and SSI clients in the North County. He does hearings with administrative law judges, administrative appeals, and federal court appeals. He has even taken Social Security cases to the United States Court of Appeals in New York City.

Mark has won several important civil rights cases for property owners in Clinton County. A jury awarded over $90,000 to two owners whose property was illegally confiscated by Clinton County. In Akey v. Clinton County, 375 F.3d 231 (2d Cir. 2004), the United States Court of Appeals held that the County violated the rights of property owners by not trying to locate them when the notice of tax foreclosure was returned by the Post Office.

Mark has taught labor law for the Cornell School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Clinton Community College in 2000. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the North Country Food Coop.

Put Mark's long term experience and aggressive representation to work for you.  Call or Email Him Today!

Areas of Practice

  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injuries
  • Social Security
  • Toxic Torts
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Disability Rights
  • Consumer Rights Violations
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Immigration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals
  • Contracts
  • Civil Litigation
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Mendez v. Brady, 618 F.Supp. 579 (C.D.Mich. 1985)
  • Vega v. Gasper, 36 F.3d 417 (5th Cir 1994)
  • Vega v. Gasper, 424-25 (5th Cir 1994)
  • Akey v. Clinton County, 375 F.3d 231 (2d Cir 2004)

West Practice Categories

Bankruptcy Law, Consumer Protection, Contracts, Civil Rights, Disability & Illness Discrimination, Employment Law -- Employee, Employment Law -- Employer, Estate Planning, Family Law, Social Security -- Disability, Social Security -- Retirement & Survivors Benefits, Disability, Immigration, Bad Faith, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Defense, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Real Estate Law, Toxic Torts


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Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1999
  • Vermont, 1995
  • Maine, 1981
  • Texas, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (Member)
  • National Lawyers Guild (Member)
  • National Immigration Project (Member)
  • North Country Food Coop (Board of Directors)

Classes and Seminars

  • Labor Law, Cornell School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Clinton Community College, 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • North Country Legeal Aid, 1999 - Present
  • Vermont Legal Aid, 1997 - 2000

Past Employment Positions

  • Texas Rural Legal Aid office, Managing Attorney, 1990 - 1994


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1981
    Honors: cum laude
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine, 1978
    Major: History and Economics