John W. Steigler

John W. Steigler

Mr. Steigler graduated from St. John’s University of Law in 1988, and received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1983. Mr. Steigler is admitted to practice in all the State Courts of New York and Connecticut and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Appeals, DC District. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association.

John W. Steigler is an associate at Sweeney, Reich & Bolz, LLP concentrating in the area of Trusts and Estates and Real Estate. This includes all phases of estate administration and legal issues for contested and uncontested estates and the preparation of Wills, Trusts and other estate planning documents.

Mr. Steigler also assists the Counsel to the Public Administrator of Queens County in all aspects of the estates of the Public Administrator, including kinship hearings, real estate (auctions, contracts and closings) and SCPA 1404 examinations.

Mr. Steigler wrote and argued in the New York Appellate Division, Second Department the lead case in New York State regarding inheritance rights of cousins once removed when there are also cousins seeking to inherit, which was published in the New York Law Journal front page as the Decision of the Day. Matter of Shumavon, 260 A.D.2d 140, 701 N.Y.S.2d 441 (1999).

Mr. Steigler has been appointed Guardian Ad litem by the Surrogates of Westchester and Nassau Counties to protect the rights of infants and unknown distributees.

Mr. Steigler has traveled the world extensively on behalf of the Queens County Public Administrator and participated in kinship hearings in England, Paris, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Ireland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Surrogate’s Court Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1989
  • Connecticut, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit


  • St John’s University, School of Law (JD) – 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Queens County Bar Association