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In the context of a personal injury case, I generally understand that the last thing a client wants to do is share their compensation from an injury that they have suffered.  In my first conversation with many clients, I find myself telling them to negotiate with the insurance company first, if they get nowhere on that front, call me back.  There is no need to use a lawyer if the insurance carrier is going to be reasonable with you, why share the money due to you if you do not need the help.

In the context of a criminal case, I have several years of experience in the prosecutor's office in the City of St. Louis.  This experience has given me a realistic understanding of what prosecutor's are looking for in moving forward with criminal cases.  Over the last several years, I have developed relationships with many of the State's Attorneys in Central Illinois counties.


In the context of a business dispute, I am a litigation attorney with an MBA in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This extra qualification makes me especially able to handle your case because as a general rule, I understand that a lawsuit will not be a profit center for your business.  In addition, our firm of well over 30 attorneys has the business expertise in every area of the legal arena.  We truly are a full service law firm.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    13 years, 50 cases
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    13 years, 50 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    13 years, 500 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
    13 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($235-270/hour), contingent (33%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Thomas Anthony Bruno

    Steve and I worked together on a multi-year litigation matter involving serious injuries against a unit of local government. Steve was insightful and analytical and it was a pleasure to work with him. I endorse him.


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Contact info

Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation

306 West Church Street
Champaign, IL, 61826

Steven Amjad

202 North Center
Bloomington, IL, 61701



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200211/12/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Top ContributorAvvo.com2013
Clients Choice AwardAvvo.com2013
Clients Choice AwardAvvo.com2012
Honor CorpsNational Litigation Academy2011
Firm Profile- Meyer Capel, P.C.Leading Lawyer Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMeyer Capel, P.C.2004 - Present
Assistant Circuit AttorneyOffice of the Circuit Attorney2002 - 2004
AttorneyColliers Turley Martin Tucker2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationGeneral Assembly Member2013 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMentor2011 - Present
Alliance Defense FundAllied Attorney2007 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Champaign County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Missouri State BarMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$1.8 Million Verdict after two-week trial$1,869,495.32 Jury Verdict
Construction Dispute$59,000 settlement
$925,000 Wrongful Death Settlement$925,000 Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignStretegic FinanceM.B.A.1999
Saint Louis UniversityFinance/International BusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SES: Landlord Tenant LawLandlord Tenant Law2012
Tips to Avoid a lawsuitLitigation for Business Owners2011
VariousFree Speech Issues at Work and School2010
VariousProtecting the Sanctitiy of Life and Marriage2010
VariousProtecting the Sanctitiy of Life and Marriage2009
VariousFree Speech Issues at Work and School2009
VariousProtecting the Sanctitiy of Life and Marriage2008
VariousFree Speech Issues at Work and School2008
Basic Skills for New AttorneysClient Communications: Setting the Right Expectations2008
Small Business SeriesTips to Avoid a Lawsuit2006
Small Business SeriesContracts: What you need to know2006
Small Business Legal SeriesLaw, Technology and the Internet2006
Small Business Legal SeriesAn Introduction to Business Structures2006