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James B. Zouras

Class action Attorney at Chicago, IL

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Class action
    80%
    We represent employees and consumers throughout the United States in class and individual wage and hour litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation.

    27 years

  2. Employment and labor
    10%
    We represent employees and consumers throughout the United States in class and individual wage and hour litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation.

    27 years

  3. Personal injury
    10%
    We represent employees and consumers throughout the United States in class and individual wage and hour litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation.

    27 years

I am a founder and principal of Stephan Zouras, LLP, a Chicago-based law firm which concentrates in representing people in Illinois and throughout the United States in class, collective and individual wage and hour litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation. In my over 20 years of practice, I have been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in scores of complex wage and hour class and collective actions which have collectively resulted in a total recovery of more than $100 million for over 100,000 individuals. My published cases in the area of wage and hour employment law exceed 100 decisions from jurisdictions in at least 10 states. I have tried over a dozen major jury trials and appeared as lead counsel in at least 14 appeals in federal and state court. I was also named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" in every consecutive year since 2009, a distinction given to no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state.

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Licensed for 27 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1995
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact James

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

Reviews

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Posted by Tony | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Class action attorney in Chicago!!!
I started to work with Mr.Zouras and his team on a Class action case in 2017. During the initial interview,he clearly explained the law and the rights of the employees. He also pointed out what law the employer has violated. Mr.Zouras is so patient, he answered all the questions I have. We finally won the case with a settlement that benefited a lot of the employees. Mr.Zouras is a tough warrior. Our case lasted almost four years, whenever I sent him an email for a question of the case, he will response me in minutes. I know we are in the good hands. Mr.Zouras always keep me updates of the case status,he is so skillful and knowledgeable. I'm so glad that I have hired the right lawyer who is the best in Chicago. Thank you.Jim. Thank you so much for your hard work. Much appreciated.
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Posted by Yashua | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Compassionate and Amazing Results!
I didn't believe I had a good case until Mr. Zouras explained the laws and rights of employees, and the duties employers must guarantee, by law. Once the initial proceeding got moving, and victory was in sight, I knew I was with the right firm. I trusted in the skills, and knowledge of my attorneys, and achieved more by trusting in the process, and perhaps set a precedent for other employers that seek to violate employees vital information.
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Posted by Ryan | February 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Class Action Settlement
I worked with Jim Zouras as well as Teresa Becvar in a class action and won with a settlement that benefited a large group of fellow former employees. Communication was always very good and they were always helpful in answering any questions as well as preparing me for what was coming and what to expect.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Stephan Zouras, LLP
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • $6 million settlement
  • Perez v. RadioShack
  • $9 million settlement on the eve of trial
  • Numerous class actions on behalf of loan officers deprived of minimum wage and overtime
  • Several million dollars in unpaid earned wages recovered
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Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Greek

Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2009
  • 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Illinois
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • "Pay Your Law Firm Employees Properly or Risk Falling Into a Financial Snakepit"
  • 2009
  • DePaul Law Review
  • Shaw v. Reno: A Colorblind Court in Race-Conscious Society
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • ITLA damages seminar
  • Maximizing damages in wage and hour litigation
  • 2016
  • Annual seminar
  • Understanding employment law
  • 2015
  • Litigation seminar
  • Class action settlements
  • 2014
  • Wage and Hour Seminar
  • Latest trends in class wage and hour litigation
  • 2013
  • Litigation Seminar
  • Management of electronically-stored information in litigation
  • 2013
  • Class Action Litigation 2012
  • "Opt-in/Opt-out Class Actions"
  • 2012
  • Bridgestone CLE
  • Tips for Securing Class Certification
  • 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Prosecuting complex wage and hour litigation against large law firms and corporations.
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Class action Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Class action
Class action
Employment and labor
Chicago Class action Lawyer James B. Zouras
James B. Zouras
Class action Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 27 years
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