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I am a founder and principal of Stephan Zouras, LLP, a nationally-recognized law firm based in Chicago concentrating in representing people in Illinois and throughout the United States in class and collective actions arising under federal and state wage and hour laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and comparable state wage laws, mass torts, consumer protection, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and other complex litigation.  Courts have appointed me lead or co-lead counsel in dozens of class and collective actions which have collectively resulted in significant monetary awards to over 100,000 persons.


I am admitted to the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. I have been admitted or admitted pro hac vice to the Central District of Illinios, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Southern District of Ohio, the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Massachusetts, the District of Maryland, the District of New Jersey, the District of Minnesota, the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, the Western District of Missouri and the District of Washington. In my 20 years of practice, I have successfully prosecuted hundreds of class and individual actions and achieved dozens of seven and eight figure jury verdicts and settlements. I have tried over a dozen major jury trials to verdict on behalf of plaintiffs, and appeared as lead counsel in at least 15 appeals in the federal and state appellate courts.  During my career, I have recovered over $50 million in total damages for my clients.  I was also recognized by my peers as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" in each consecutive year since 2009, a distinction given to no more than 5% of the lawyers in Illinois.


Languages spoken: Greek

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Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 80%
    20 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    20 years
  3. Employment: 10%
    20 years



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

Attorney endorsements

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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 and 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 Law199505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2016
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2015
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2014
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2013
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
ITLA damages seminarMaximizing damages in wage and hour litigation2016
Annual seminarUnderstanding employment law2015
Litigation seminarClass action settlements2014
Wage and Hour SeminarLatest trends in class wage and hour litigation2013
Litigation SeminarManagement of electronically-stored information in litigation2013
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