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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.

Admissions

Illinois

For more than 10 years, Stepfon has concentrated his practice in the representation of government entities; management-side employment counsel; and real estate matters. His representations typically include police liability (excessive force / false arrest), workplace injury and wrongful termination claims.

An effective communicator who is quick to respond, Stepfon recently obtained two not guilty verdicts in a negligence action brought by customers of a transportation company. He also recently received a jury verdict awarding 30% contributory negligence when defending a client accused of striking a pedestrian with a motor vehicle. As defense counsel for a hospital, Stepfon obtained a judgment denying over $31,000 in medical bills in a case involving an alleged work- related accident through the use of a medical expert.

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 a transportation company
  • Received a jury verdict awarding 30% contributory negligence when defending a client accused of striking a pedestrian with a motor vehicle
  • For a public entity, obtained summary judgment in a case involving an allegation of employee negligence
  • Obtained case dismissal in a premises liability case arguing the defense of natural accumulation
  • As defense counsel for a hospital, obtained a judgment denying over $31,000.00 in medical bills in a case involving an alleged work related accident, through the use of a credible medical expert
  • As defense counsel for several insureds of a local property and casualty insurer, obtained not guilty verdicts in five separate and distinct subrogation actions brought by insurance carriers
  • Obtained various other case dismissals via dispositive motion and significantly reduced verdicts in Cook, Kane, and Will Counties in the State of Illinois

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Blog

Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

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