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I have been a criminal defense attorney for almost my entire career, and it is a large part of who I am.  My wife is also a criminal defense attorney, and so are many of my close friends.  Needless to say, the the plight of people accused of crimes takes up much of my attention.  I passionately believe that most people accused of crimes in this country do not receive true justice, even the guilty.  Punishments are way out of hand, with prison or a lifetime criminal record destroying lives and exacting punishment far in excess of what is fair.


Part of my conviction comes from my religious beliefs.  My faith teaches me that everyone is worthy of forgiveness and a chance at redemption.  Another source of my world view is my observations of the poor.  I volunteer at a community shelter and I live in the City of Chicago.  It is absolutely clear to me that people of color are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and I attribute that to racism.


I am also an avid jogger and fitness buff.   I have recently taken up using Wii fit, when my 8 year old daughter is not beating me at Wii tennis.  In additon, I enjoy reading books and rooting for the Cubs.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    27 years
  2. Drugs and Narcotics: 40%
    16 years



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Payment types:

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Hunter. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


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  • Joshua Bateman Kutnick

    Steve is a smart, aggressive advocate for his clients. He is highly experienced in federal and state court.


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Contact info

Steven R. Hunter

820 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 300
Chicago, IL, 60607


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198711/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super Lawyer 2012Illinois Super Lawyer2012
Illinois Super Lawyer 2011Illinois Super Lawyer2011
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Steven R. Hunter1996 - Present
AttorneyCook County Public Defender's Office1988 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. KozaClass felony reduced to misdemeanor
People v. WashingtonCase dismissed
People v. BhatiNot Guilty verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers USAChicago is There Kind of Town2008
Chicago LawyerThe Importance of Trust2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of MichiganN/AA.B1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association CLE "Felony Trial Court Walk Through"Procedure, rules and advice for practicing in felony trial court1996