Steven B. Borkan is a seasoned trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience litigating cases in state and federal court as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission.

Since making a transition to the private sector in 1991, Steve has tried well over one hundred cases to verdict and has compiled an impressive record of not guilty verdicts on behalf of his defense clients.


Steve graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1986. He began his career as an Assistant States Attorney defending Cook County in the Civil Division.

Areas of Expertise

Steve’s areas of expertise include complex tort cases including those involving death and catastrophic injuries, civil rights and local municipal liability (including cases arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, and the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance), wage and hour claims (including claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act), Family and Medical Leave Act claims, condominium and voluntary association law, commercial law and breach of contract claims, dissolution of business entities, defamation law, retaliatory discharge claims and cases arising under The Illinois Whistleblowers Act, representation of Not-For-Profit corporations, and workers compensation claims. He also regularly consults with employers regarding federal and state legal compliance, risk management, and drafting severance agreements.


Steve is admitted to practice by the Illinois Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Steve’s case victories have been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, on the front page of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, on page one of the Cook County Verdict Reporter, and have been selected numerous times as “notable defense victories” in the special year end edition of Illinois Jury Verdicts. Steve has also been selected as an Illinois SuperLawyer multiple times and a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network.


Steve also regularly presents at professional seminars and Continuing Legal Education seminars regarding various issues of professional practice. These presentations have included presentations to patrol officers, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains of Chicago Police Department on issues relating to the civil litigation process and best practices to avoid litigation.