Steve is a valued legal and business counselor who focuses on complex business litigation. He has argued successfully before federal and state appellate courts across the country as well as the Illinois Supreme Court. He possesses a record of consistent success in motion and trial practice, both jury and nonjury, in state and federal courts and in arbitration.
Steve’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies and government entities to small businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, including gaming, consumer packaged goods, financial services, insurance, and real estate. He has represented a market-leading food company for more than five years, advising on labeling claims, class action defense, consumer claims, Prop 65, and slack fill issues.
As a strategic counselor, Steve learns the economic, financial, and human drivers affecting a client’s business. He helps them identify and overcome obstacles and design plans to accomplish their business objectives. Drawing on his skills as a litigator, he solves problems related to class action defense, corporate governance and control, securities, insurance, real estate, regulatory compliance, and other business issues.
In addition, Steve serves as the first line of defense for clients responding to inquiries from state attorneys general and in qui tam litigation, with experience representing clients before state and federal regulatory and governmental bodies. He also leads internal investigations regarding alleged corporate misconduct and represents parties in trust disputes and other probate matters.
Steve, chair of the firm's social responsibility initiative Much Community, is always on the lookout for ways to impact law reform. Most recently, he filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Louisiana arguing defendants convicted by Jim Crow juries have been denied their constitutional rights. He is driven to stand up for those who have no one else to speak for them.
As a member of Much's Management Committee, Steve focuses on growing the next generation of attorneys and instilling that same drive to make a difference.