Steven N. Malitz


Steven N. Malitz


161 North Clark
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

P: 312.876.7134

F: 312.876.6234






Steven N. Malitz is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, partner in the Litigation Practice Group and is the firm’s Pro Bono chair.

Mr. Malitz is the trusted advisor and general counsel to highly successful entrepreneurs, and has obtained many victories in over 70 trials, arbitrations, appeals and mediations in the following matters:

  • Contract and fraud disputes.
  • Shareholder disputes including injunctions, fiduciary duty, oppression, accounting and buyouts.
  • Creditors’ rights matters including collections and fraudulent transfer litigation.
  • Employment matters including restrictive covenants, termination, trade secrets and discrimination.
  • Real estate litigation including broker representation before IDFPR, specific performance, rescission, quiet title, defects, leasing, construction and premise liability.
  • Intellectual property matters including trademark, copyright and licenses.

Mr. Malitz provides the following value to his clients:

  • Your point person, on-call 24/7, with rapid-fire turnaround.
  • Full-service, one-stop counseling through niche practice teammates.
  • Equity partner at century-old law firm, plugged-in to the business, legal and political communities.
  • Law professor, bar group leader, continuing education instructor and published author.
  • Though armed for litigation, emphasizes litigation avoidance and cost savings through alternative dispute resolution, by studying your business, and by drafting solid contracts.
  • Adds value by providing industry information and legal updates, and through cross-selling.


  • Recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company as a recipient of its prestigious “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” Mr. Malitz was nominated by judges, government officials, managing partners, and opposing counsel for his skill and achievement
  • Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee
  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Trial Techniques, Civil Procedure, Bench/Bar Relations, and Client Development and Firm Economics Committees
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and the Commercial Law League of America
  • Member of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce – Young Entrepreneurs Forum and the Jewish United Fund
  • Teacher at Smyser Elementary School as a “Lawyer in the Classroom”

Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law for Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Lecturer with jurists and government officials to law students on discovery and motion practice at “Litigation Boot Camp” seminars
  • State-licensed Continuing Education Instructor to real estate licensees on litigation avoidance and compliance
  • Instructor to CPAs for their Continuing Professional Education on liability avoidance for business owners
  • Interviewed on television, as a legal expert, on the validity of the class action, consumer fraud lawsuit, filed against the author and publisher of “A Million Little Pieces”
  • Interviewed on television for the Chicago Bar Association’s “You and the Law,” on “The Successful Lawyer,” circulated by DVD to college campuses nationwide



Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1995, Albany Law Review, Moot Court Board)
Indiana University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1991, Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit