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I am a founder and principal of Stephan Zouras, LLP, a nationally recognized law firm based in Chicago which concentrates in representing people in Illinois and throughout the United States in class and individual wage and hour litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation. During my 16 years of practice, I have successfully prosecuted hundreds of lawsuits and achieved dozens of six and seven figure verdicts and settlements. I have tried over a dozen major jury trials and appeared as lead counsel in at least 14 appeals in federal and state court. During my career, I have obtained over 10 seven-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs including three settlements totaling over $25 million in the last three years. I was also named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" in 2009, 2010, and 2011, a distinction given to no more than 5% of the lawyers in Illinois.


Languages spoken: Greek

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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 80%
    19 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    19 years



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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  • Dan M. Tsataros

    Jay is a brilliant attorney with excellent litigation experience! I am happy to refer clients to him because I truly trust him! I endorse this lawyer.


    Dan Tsataros Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Ian Nirenberg

    I have worked with Jim on several overtime class action cases. He has consistently demonstrated excellent knowledge, experience and expertise in handling wage and hour matters. I endorse him.


    Jonathan Nirenberg Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

205 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 2560
Chicago, IL, 60601-6024

Stephan Zouras, LLP

205 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2560
Chicago, IL



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199511/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2012
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2011
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2010
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2009
40 Lawyers Under 40 in IllinoisChicago Daily Law Bulletin2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerStephan Zouras, LLP2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Perez v. RadioShack$9 million settlement on the eve of trial
Confidential$6 million settlement
Numerous class actions on behalf of loan officers deprived of minimum wage and overtimeSeveral million dollars in unpaid earned wages recovered
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association"Pay Your Law Firm Employees Properly or Risk Falling Into a Financial Snakepit"2009
DePaul Law ReviewShaw v. Reno: A Colorblind Court in Race-Conscious Society1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Class Action Litigation 2012"Opt-in/Opt-out Class Actions"2012
Bridgestone CLETips for Securing Class Certification2012
Chicago Bar AssociationProsecuting complex wage and hour litigation against large law firms and corporations.2008