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Stephen Hoffman

Stephen Hoffman received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1990.  He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  Further, he sits on the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, and is endorsed and a member business of the Better Business Bureau.  Prior to attending law school, he received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University.

During his extensive legal career, Attorney Stephen Hoffman has personally handled nearly every type of legal dispute that exists and has tried dozens of cases in the courts and hundreds in front of arbitration panels.  The types of legal matters that he has worked on over the years have ranged from medical malpractice cases and wrongful death matters to slip and fall injuries, motor vehicle crashes, roadway accidents, defective product claims, and workplace injuries.  Attorney Hoffman has appeared in federal court, county courts, and workers’ compensation hearing rooms throughout Chicago and across the state, from the hallowed halls of the grandly decorated courtrooms in downtown Chicago to small municipal courtrooms all over Illinois.

For nearly 26 years, Stephen Hoffman has served regularly as a Chair-qualified Arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration System, where he swears in witnesses, hears evidence, rules on objections, and works with fellow arbitrators on the panel to render an award.  Stephen is also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association.  He was honored to be elected as the 2009-10 Vice Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Solo and Small Practitioner Committee.

Highlighting the respect he has earned within the Committee, in 2010, he was elected the Co-Chair of the Committee and has served in that capacity since that date. He is also a past Chair and past Vice-Chair of the Solo and Small Practitioner Committee, as well as a past Legislative Liaison for the Bar Association’s Tort Litigation Committee.

Stephen takes his responsibility to the legal profession seriously and dedicates much of his time and effort to providing quality and competent legal representation to clients in Chicago and greater Illinois.  Stephen believes inherently in guiding the newer members of the profession and has spoken to students at both Loyola University School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.  In his free time, he serves as the elected president of his condominium association.  He is also a certified Spinning instructor who teaches regularly.  He currently resides in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and his dog.


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D. 1989
  • Indiana University, B.A. 1986

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Avvo
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)


Speaking Engagements

  • Rentering the Legal Business - Career Services Committee Young Lawyers Section of the CBA - 2016
  • Insurance Coverage Issues and Ride Shares - Insurance Coverage Committee - 2016
  • Ride Shares and Regulation - Solo and Small Practitioner's Committee - 2016
  • Tort Litigation and Liability Issues and Ride Shares - Tort Litigation Committeee - 2016
  • Insurance Coverage Gaps and Ride Shares - YLS Insurance Coverage Committee - 2016
  • Tort Litigation and Insurance Issues with Ride Shares - YLS Tort Litigation Committee - 2016
  • A Toolkit for Starting and Growing a Law Firm - CBA Solo and Small Practitioner Committee Seminar on the subject of “Integrating Your Practice into Your Life.” - 2015.
  • Investigating A Personal Injury Case, DePaul College of Law - 2013
  • Healing Your Injured Client - Physically, Emotionally, etc, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2013
  • So You Want to Go Solo?, Loyola University School of Law - Chicago - 2012
  • So You Get a Call--What You Need to Know About Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2012
  • Using Technology to Promote Your Practice, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2012
  • What It Means to Be a Lawyer in 2012 and Beyond, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2012
  • How to Implement Twitter, Blogging, and Social Networking Into Your Marketing, Networking, and Client Communication Strategy, Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2011
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing and the Virtual Law Office - 2011
  • Work/Life Balance--A Lawyer's Perspective, Lawyers Connecting Networking Group - 2010
  • Elements of Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation case--Dos and Don'ts, Lawyers Connecting Networking Group - 2010
  • Branding/Niche Marketing, Growing Your Business By Advancing Your Brand - 2010
  • What You Need To Know Before You Refer A Case (Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation), Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2010
  • What You Need To Know Before You Refer A Case (Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation), Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee - 2010
  • Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for the General Practitioner, Decalogue Society - 1998

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