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September 18, 2013

In Memoriam: Steven Sindos (1959-2013)

Filed under: 1994 Strike,Criminal Justice,Indigent Defense,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 8:16 pm

Steve PictureSteve Sindos, public defender at the New York Legal Aid Society since 1987, died suddenly on September 17, 2013 in Supreme Court at 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn.

Steve, 53-years-old, was a highly respected trial attorney and mentor to many colleagues. He spent his entire career defending indigent Legal Aid clients, first in Complex 1, Manhattan, and since 1999 in Complex 3, Brooklyn.

In that capacity, Steve was a member of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325, and a veteran of the 1994 Legal Aid strike, as reflected in his later endorsement of this statement.

Steve was the son of Henry and Louise Sindos and was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 12, 1959. He was raised in New Rochelle, graduated from New Rochelle High, Boston University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School (1986).

Steve is survived by his mother Dr. Louise Sindos, sisters Catherine Sindos and Dr. Maria Sindos-Parker, his brother-in-law Joseph Parker, his nephew Brandon Sindos, and niece Maya Sindos. He was predeceased by both his father Henry Sindos and brother Anthony Sindos.

Steve’s death is a great loss to all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.

To donate to the Steven Henry Sindos Scholarship fund, select “School of Law” from the drop down menu and select “Steven H. Sindos Legal Aid Internship (253625).”


  1. Steve was a friend, a brother, to me and many, many others. We went to college togther and both became lawyers. Steve and me and many of our close friends were kindred spirits – everything fun we did together. Every important life event Steve was a part of. Words cannot convey the magnitude of this loss for those who love Steve. But we’ll keep the music playing somehow. Til then my brother.

    Comment by John Hobby — September 19, 2013 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  2. I worked in the courthouse at 320 Jay St where Mr. Sindos frequented. A true professional in every sense of the word . A real gentleman. His presence will be sorely missed.

    Comment by Michael — September 20, 2013 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  3. Wow, what a gentleman and a gentle giant! Steve I will miss you!

    Comment by Paula — September 23, 2013 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  4. Stevie I never thought I would say goodbye to you so soon. May you find solace in heaven with Daddy and Tony. Love Maria Big Sis forever.

    Comment by MARIA SINDOS — October 13, 2013 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  5. Steve and I started together in Manhattan Legal Aid in 1987. We no longer worked together but I was in the courthouse in Brooklyn on the day he passed. He was an advocate and gentleman. His wit and good nature is truely missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

    Comment by Charles Guria — September 20, 2017 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  6. My condolences to Mr.Steven Sindos family, friends and colleagues. My son and I were discussing how great of an attorney Mr.Sindos is and I just googled his name to see what came up. I find this article and I am very sad to hear of the news. My son was in his last year of High School when arrested for something he did not do. Mr.Sindos was his public defender and when he met with us in his office he asked me if I believed my son, I told him yes. Mr.Sindos looked me and the eyes and told me if I believed him then we would fight for him and HE DID!! He really was an exceptional Lawyer, I understand he dealt with caseloads of clients but he also mentored my son along they way even if it was during that short time. Those talks meant alot I really would like to say Thank You Mr.Sindos. He really made a difference in my son’s life….He saved him from the belly of the beast. Such a great loss!!

    Comment by Lakeisha — January 26, 2018 @ 11:14 am | Reply

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