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I am a founding partner of Stephan Zouras, LLP.  I represent people from all walks of life in class and individual civil litigation. Specifically, I've helped thousands of clients recover damages in cases involving unpaid overtime, employment disputes, business litigation, products liability and personal injury. I have successfully tried cases to verdict including obtaining a $9,000,000 verdict on behalf of 200 employees who were misclassified and denied overtime pay. 


I have served as lead or co-lead counsel on numerous complex class and collective action cases involving wage and hour matters and have helped recover damages for tens of thousands of wronged employees. In these cases, I helped establish precedent in wage and hour law, forced major corporations to change unlawful employment practices and helped recover tens of millions of dollars in unpaid wages for clients.  I have also led cases that have been featured on Good Morning America, Fortune, ESPN, Fox News, The Guardian, The New York Times, Think Progress, USA Today and Vice Sports.


In addition, for the past six years, I have been recognized by Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section as a a Rising Star and Super Lawyer, a distinction given to no more than 5% of Illinois lawyers.  


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 50%
    15 years, 40 cases
  2. Employment: 20%
    15 years, 50 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    15 years, 20 cases
  4. Discrimination: 10%
    15 cases
  5. Wrongful Termination: 10%
    15 years, 30 cases



Contingent (25-40%)

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  • Catherine T. Mitchell

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    Catherine Mitchell Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Andrew Christopher Ficzko

    Ryan is a hardworking and dedicated attorney who excels in the area of labor and employment law. He is highly respected in the legal community and I strongly endorse him.


    Andrew Ficzko Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

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


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Illinois Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
Illinois Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
Illinois Risng StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerStephan Zouras, LLP2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Daniels v. Premium CapitalPlaintiff verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law 101A career in law2015