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Hon. Stephen Williams

Areas of Expertise:
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Employment, FELA, Insurance, Labor, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Professional Liability / Malpractice, Toxic Torts
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Professional Experience:

As a judge, Steve presided over more than 90 jury trials and handled countless discovery disputes in all manner of federal civil cases. Steve also regularly conducted court sponsored settlement conferences as a mediator resulting in the negotiated resolution of hundreds of cases.

Prior to taking the bench Steve practiced in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. During his over 20 year career, Steve has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases to verdict. His trial successes include numerous not guilty verdicts in state and federal courts as well as favorable monetary verdicts on behalf of injured persons. Steve has also successfully represented multiple civil and criminal clients in both the federal and state appellate courts.

Steve’s experience as a judge in the federal court also provides him with unique experience as a mediator for parties in any civil dispute. Steve has mediated settlements in cases ranging from employment discrimination and civil rights to complex, multimillion dollar torts and class actions.

Steve served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.


  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1990
  • J.D., Summa Cume Laude - Class Rank 1/101, Southern Illinois School of Law, 1997

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