Stephanie L. Stewart

email: sstewart@gloorlaw.com
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tel: (312) 752-3796
fax: (312) 752-3797

Recognized by her peers as a "Super Lawyer" and/or "Leading Lawyer" for every year from 2007-2014, Ms. Stewart has established a successful litigation practice in the areas of ethics and professional liability, ARDC defense, and commercial litigation.

After graduating from Northwestern University's School of Law in 1994, Ms. Stewart served as a prosecutor at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where she investigated and tried numerous attorney disciplinary cases. In 1999, she was promoted to Senior Counsel to the Administrator of the ARDC, a position she held until leaving the ARDC for private practice in 2002.

In 2002, Ms. Stewart joined the law firm of prominent trial attorney Donald Hubert, where she was promoted to partner in 2005 and litigated a wide range of sophisticated matters. For example, she represented the City of Chicago in a high-profile police brutality case, was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the Illinois Gaming Board and successfully defeated claims for injunctive relief sought by Emerald Casino, and obtained a favorable settlement for a corporation charged by the State's Attorney's Office with multiple violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. Ms. Stewart joined the Gloor Law Group in 2007, where she has litigated numerous matters for corporate clients such as Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities. In 2010, she obtained summary judgment for another client in a federal lawsuit involving interstate and international shipping claims under the Carmack Amendment.

The majority of Ms. Stewart's practice involves representing attorneys at all levels of investigation and prosecution by the ARDC. Ms. Stewart is committed to providing highly-skilled representation before the ARDC (based on nearly 20 years of experience) in a cost effective manner. In 2010 she won a direct finding and dismissal of the charges against her client at trial before the ARDC Hearing Board, which involved allegations of over $400,000 in improper fees. She thereafter also successfully argued in favor of the affirmation of the Hearing Board's decision on appeal before the ARDC Review Board. Earlier this year, she obtained a full dismissal of the ARDC's complaint against another client before the Hearing Board after utilizing a forensic computer expert to establish that her client had not improperly manipulated information on a website. Ms.Stewart has testified as an expert in legal ethics and regularly advises and represents governmental entities, corporations, law firms, and individual lawyers in ethics matters. For example, she has conducted internal ethics investigations, including "Himmel" investigations, for some of the largest law firms in Chicago. She has also represented attorneys and law firms in relation to motions to disqualify and for sanctions, fee disputes, and partnership matters. She also represents lawyers and law students before the Committee on Character & Fitness, as well as other professionals before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Ms. Stewart has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in professional liability matters, obtaining a $3.5 million settlement in a case involving architectural negligence, and a $500,000 settlement in a legal malpractice matter involving a divorce case.

Speaking Engagements/Teaching Experience:

  • Speaker, "Legal Ethics 2012: Hot Topics in Communication and Technology, Lorman Education Services (2012)
  • Speaker, Maintaining Confidentiality and Handling Inadvertent Disclosure", Law Bulletin Seminars(2012)
  • Speaker, "Conflicts of Interest, Confidentiality, & Technology, " Law Bulletin Seminars: Technology & the Rules of Professional Conduct (2011)
  • Speaker, "Conflicts of Interest: The Principles and the Price of Being Wrong,", Law Bulleting Seminars: Rules 2010 (2009,2010)
  • Speaker, "Attorney-Client Privilege and Related Ethical Issues," Lorman Educational Services (2008, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Ethical Issues in Litigation,"Sara Lee Corporation (2008)
  • Speaker, "An Ethical Attorney-Client Relationship," The Law Bulletin Litigation Skills Conference (2008)
  • Speaker, "Current Developments in Lawyers' Liability & Discipline," Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Mid-year Conference (2008)
  • Speaker, "Issues of Malpractice and Ethics in Divorce," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) & the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2008)
  • Speaker, "Ethical Issues in Communicating with Your Client and Others in the Employment Law Context, " The Law Bulletin Employment Law Conference (2007)
  • Ethics training, Chicago Housing Authority (2005-2006)
  • Faculty Member, Illinois Supreme Court's Professionalism Program for Law Students (2003-present)
  • Faculty Member, National Institute of  Trial Advocacy, Discovering the Secrets of Effective Depositions (1998-present)
  • Faculty Member, National Mock Trial Institute, Northwestern University School of  Law (1998-present)
  • Guest Lecturer on Ethics, De Paul University School of  Law (2002)

Publications:

  • Co-author, "Lawyers' Liability and Discipline," A National Survey (February, August 2008 editions)

Other Honors & Distinctions:

  • Appointed as a Special State's Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (2007, 2008, 2010-present)
  • Appointed to the Chicago Bar Association's ARDC referral panel (2007-present)
  • Director, Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors (2005-2008)
  • Member, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship Selection Committee (2006-2008)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:

  • Chicago Bar Association; Chair, Committee on Professional Fees (2010-2012); Mentor, ARDC Law Office Mentoring Committee (2008-present); Vice-Chair, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law and Multijurisdictional Practice (2006-2008); Chair; Professional Responsibility Committee, Young Lawyers Section (1998-1999)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Secretary, Public Statements Committee (2007-present)

Education

Northwestern University, J.D., Deans List in Spring of 1992/1993, Graduated in 1994
Iowa State University, B.A., with honors, 1991

Admissions

Illinois, 1994
Northern District of Illinois, 1994
U.S. Supreme Court, 2005