Personal Injury Lawyer Steven Palermo
After quickly ascending through the minor leagues, Palermo made his major league debut in 1976 and worked 1,871 games – including Dave Righetti’s no-hitter and one of American League playoff games that season.
On July 7, 1991 while having dinner in Dallas he witnessed two waitresses being mugged and attempted to intervene before being shot from behind, paralyzing him from waist down.
Early Life and Education
Palermo was raised in an athletic family. He participated in Little League, American Legion baseball and high school sports before receiving a full scholarship to Norwich University where he studied education. Subsequently he umpired minor league games before working his way into Major League Baseball (MLB).
Bud Selig first hired Palermo as a special assistant in 1994 before elevating him to supervisor of umpires in 2000. Additionally, Palermo served as an analyst for Yankees games on MSG network.
After Grete passed away in 2017, his collection of modern art paintings and sculptures were donated to Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Since his retirement in 2017, he has continued practicing law at Palermo Law, P.L.L.C in Hauppauge, New York where his clients can access assistance regarding Personal Injury General – Plaintiff matters.
Palermo was an esteemed American League umpire who served from 1977-1991. He served as plate umpire during Dave Righetti’s no-hitter against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in 1983, and also officiated various World Series games.
In July 1991, while enjoying dinner with his friends after an MLB game in Dallas, two waitresses were attacked at an adjacent restaurant and when he ran to help, two shots rang out and paralysis set in from waist down.
Grete was at his side through his recovery process from being shot. They now reside in Maine where he continues his artistic endeavors using recycled metals found around their property and creating abstract paper sculptures.
Achievement and Honors
Palermo made his mark as an umpire on Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (1994 for Super NES). Additionally, he voiced an umpire role for MLB 2000 video game.
Palermo served as an umpire supervisor after his on-field career had concluded, serving behind the plate during Dave Righetti’s no-hitter at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1983.
Palermo has earned many honors and awards throughout his lifetime, such as receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 1994. Furthermore, he is widely published with three books written about spinal cord injuries as well as having directed an award-winning documentary film on this topic. Additionally, Palermo serves as honorary chairman for Assurant Employee Benefits’ WillReturn Council which annually presents individuals who overcome disabilities with its Shining Star of Perseverance award.
Palermo has also made an impressionful career out of using his story of persistence to motivate other disabled individuals. He raises significant funds for charities like National Paralysis Foundation.
Palermo remains passionate about baseball despite his injury, continuing to work for MLB as an umpire supervisor and umpiring important games such as Dave Righetti’s no-hitter in 1983 and the All-Star Game in 1986.
He lives in Kansas City with his wife Debbie and rescue boxer dog Bentley. Together with his family, they participate in local sports and community events, such as hosting local WillReturn Council Awards to recognize those who show outstanding initiative and positive outlook in recovering from or adapting to disabling conditions. In addition, he serves as honorary chairman of Mid-America Games (a non-profit providing competitive modified athletic opportunities for people with disabilities).
Personal injury lawyer Joe Palermo firmly stands by his goal to get justice for his clients and has won multiple multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for them. Additionally, he serves as CEO of a construction company operating across 24 states; once she graduates college she plans on taking over her father’s company.
Richman Group Inc has estimated his net worth at $9 Million. On 15 May 2023 he made 4 trades of S & T stock and exercised 1,832 units valued at over $48,420.
Steve Palermo had an outstanding 1991 on the baseball field; he earned All-Star honors and served as an umpire in the World Series. But in July, while on an officiating assignment in Dallas restaurant parking lot robberies, Steve stopped to help two waitresses who were being threatened in that parking lot by an individual armed with knives.