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Steven F. Pflaum is a partner in Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP and chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.  His practice includes a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, includ­ing commercial, constitutional, media, airport, and land use cases. A substantial portion of his practice involves appeals in state and federal courts across the country. Areas of particular concentration include representing hospitals in property tax exemption and other controver­sies, defending and counseling print, online, and broadcast media entities with respect to defamation and related claims, and representing municipalities in disputes regarding so-called “locally undesirable land uses” such as airports, music amphitheaters, jails, or landfills.

Steve serves as a neutral or as counsel in alternative dispute resolution proceedings conducted by various courts, self-regulatory organizations, and ADR providers. 

Steve serves as an expert witness or as counsel with respect to professional ethics and liability issues.  He is a founding member and current chair of the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, a former member and two-term chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, and a faculty member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute.

Steve is President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, an organization of lawyers who practice in the courts of review and of judges who serve on those courts. Steve is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, for which he served as General Counsel from 1996 to 2009 and sat on the Board of Managers from 1993 to 1995. Steve is also a member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Chicago Council of Lawyers, American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 25%
    36 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    36 years
  3. Constitutional: 20%
    38 years
  4. Health Care: 20%
    36 years
  5. Ethics: 10%
    36 years



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Contact info

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Two North La Salle Street
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60602-3801


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year, Chicago Lit. – Reg. Enf. (SEC, Tele., Enrgy)The Best Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -MarquisN/A
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaN/AN/A
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media, Inc.N/A
Leading Lawyers Network (com'l lit., land use & appellate)Law Bulletin Publishing CompanyN/A
Who's Who in AmericaMarquisN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1979 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationGeneral Counsel1996 - 2009
Chicago Bar AssociationBoard of Managers1993 - 1995
Order of the CoifMember1979 - 1979
Phi Beta KappaMember1976 - 1976
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Bar JournalNeeded Guidance for Illinois Courts2005
Chicago LawyerRegulating Out-of-State Counsel a Welcome Step Forward2004
CBA RecordLimited Liability Legal Practice: New Opportunities and Responsibilities for Illinois lawyers2003
Loy. U. Chi. L.J.Justice James D. Heiple: Impeachment and the Assault on Judicial Independence1998
CBA RecordSuccessful Practice Under the New Illinois Civil Discovery Rules1995
Airport Noise ReportBeyond the 65 dB DNL Standard: The Future of Efforts to Determine the Significance of Airport Noise Impacts1994
LitigationClient Solicitation--What You Can Do and What to Do About It1993
Geo. J. Leg. EthicsThe Ethics of Solicitation of Business from Corporate Clients1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Legal EthicsConflicts of Interest2007
ORACLE 2006 Mid-Year MeetingRule Drafting Workshop2006
IAALJ Annual MeetingEthics for the Administrative Law Judiciary2006
Airport Noise & Air Quality SymposiumAirport Noise Law2005
TRB Annual MeetingResidential Sound Insulation Programs2001
AAAE Strategic Planning & Management WorkshopAirport Air Quality Issues1999
New Civil Discovery RulesNew Civil Discovery Rules1994
Judicial EthicsJudicial Ethics1994
ACI-NA Comprehensive Environmental Management SeminarAirport Air Quality Issues1993
Annual Meeting of National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled EnvironmentAirport Noise Controversies1991
Airport Noise SymposiumAirport Noise Controversies1987