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Stepfon R. Smith

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Education

The John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Webster University, M.B.A.

Northeastern Illinois University, B.A.

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Illinois

For more than 12 years, Stepfon has concentrated his practice in the representation of elected officials, units of local government, municipal corporations and corporate entities in employment, real estate, commercial litigation, and class action matters.  He typically functions as management-side employment counsel, counsel for mayors, chiefs of police, police officers, executives and principals of small to medium sized corporations in breach of contract litigation and transactional matters.

Throughout his career, Stepfon has taken many cases to trial obtaining several not guilty verdicts for his clients since 2004.  Stepfon has also successfully disposed of many charges of discrimination filed at the EEOC and IDHR and obtained complete dismissal of several Section 1983 employment retaliation, excessive force and Monell claims in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.  Stepfon is a member of the Federal Trial Bar. 

Honors

  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list: 2014, 2015

Experience

  • Obtained two not guilty verdicts in a negligence action brought by customers of the second largest public transportation company in the U.S.
  • Received a jury verdict awarding 30% contributory negligence when defending a client accused of striking a pedestrian with a motor vehicle while employed with a public transportation company
  • For a public entity, obtained summary judgment in a case involving allegations of employee negligence
  • Obtained case dismissal in a premises liability case successfully arguing the defense of natural accumulation
  • Obtained case dismissal in a premises liability case successfully arguing the defense of latent defect
  • Obtained complete dismissal of all Section 1983, First Amendment claims against a municipality, its chief of police, and a police detective in a case alleging retaliation and official misconduct
  • Obtained complete summary judgment of all claims against a municipality and six police officers in a seven count lawsuit alleging conspiracy, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, and Monell claims where the plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $1 million
  • Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a municipality and a police officer in a case where the plaintiff alleged malicious prosecution, false arrest and conspiracy claiming damages in excess of $500,000
  • Obtained summary judgment in a police brutality action in favor of police officer who was accused of seriously injuring the plaintiff during an arrest
  • Obtained a jury verdict of $120,000 in a case where the plaintiff asked the jury for $1 million involving claims of false arrest, assault, battery and malicious prosecution where plaintiff sustained three broken ribs and a fractured clavicle in an altercation with a suburban police department
  • Obtained dismissal of a quo warranto proceeding initiated by a resident of municipality challenging an annexation agreement to acquire additional land for the municipality

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