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Ryan Francis Stephan

Class action Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   48 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Class action
    50%
    We have successfully represented individuals and classes of people across the United States in claims involving unpaid wages and overtime, breach of contract, unpaid tenant security deposits and unreasonably dangerous pharmaceuticals.

    23 years, 40 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    20%
    We have achieved successful results and collectively recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages for employees from all walks of life, ranging from entry level workers all the way up to the highest executive ranks, whose rights have been violated in the workplace.

    23 years, 50 cases

  3. Discrimination
    10%
    We have achieved successful results for employees from all walks of life, who have been discriminated at work due to their age, race, gender, disability and protected characteristics.

    15 cases

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    We have successfully represented people in many areas of serious personal injury including automobile and truck crashes, wrongful death, premises liability, construction negligence and product liability. In just the past few years, we have achieved six and seven figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of seriously-injured people and their families with a total recovery of nearly $10 million.

    23 years, 20 cases

  5. Wrongful termination
    10%
    We have achieved successful results for employees from all walks of life, ranging from entry level workers all the way up to the highest executive ranks, who have been wrongfully terminated.

    23 years, 30 cases

 

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.  

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Stephan Zouras, LLP
100 N. Riverside Plaza Suite 2150
Chicago, IL, 60606

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Yun | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands-on Investigator with a Dependable Team
Ryan and his team are the right people for your case. We hired him to investigate and provide counsel to me and my partners were facing a potential civil lawsuit related to a few of our employees. I appreciate his ability to minimize the time it took to resolve my legal issue and invaluable advice.
Posted by Jen | September 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So helpful
I can't say enough positive things about my consultation with Ryan. He was not only helpful and knowledgable regarding the legal issue I had, but he was kind and compassionate to my situation as well. I will absolutely seek him out for any future legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful and Responsive!
Ryan Stephan was wonderful to work with! He provides genuine advice and quick responses. Mr. Stephan was helpful in a difficult time and I’m very grateful. I would definitely recommend him in the future!
Posted by Mary | September 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Vice President
I couldn't have been happier with Ryan Stephan. I handle securities administrative work and it's difficult to find someone to help when I need advice and legal assistance. Ryan is not only knowledgeable but communicative and responsive. I'm grateful to have him in my corner and highly recommend him and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Customer Service
Ryan was referred by a good friend and I couldn’t have been happier! I appreciated having all my calls and emails answered right away. Ryan was extremely professional and I was confident with his knowledge.
Posted by Jeff | March 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WONDERFUL CUSTOMER SERVICE
Let me say I've sought out the assistance of this firm on 3 different occasions and I was never let down. This last time around it was a bit more involved with frequent visits and conf calls. When I tell you that they are great people to work with you can bet on it. Andy, Ryan and Anna were always on top of the matter along with updates all in the time. They are awesome at what they do and I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this firm to address your needs. Thanks again team for believing in me and seeing me thru it all. P.S. Anna has great candy treats in her office if you need a chocolate fix!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
His Persistence Paid Off!
I consulted two employment attorneys with a question about unpaid overtime. Ryan Stephan was calm, no hype, and the clear choice. My question developed into a class action lawsuit which took 2 1/2 years to payout. It was Ryan's assistance and persistence that enabled the payout. He was professional and kind from beginning to end. Even though he's in Chicago, he handled our California based case. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Anne | June 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and Helpful
Ryan looked over a non compete I was in. His response time and expertise were truly helpful. Highly recommend him!
Posted by John | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!
Ryan was the lead attorney on my case. He was very helpful in putting me at ease about my situation. His strategy was extremely impressive, and I was amazed at how he put together the details to argue my case, which resulted in an extremely satisfying settlement. He listened to my input, and calmed me during some very stressful times over the course of the case. If you want results beyond your expectations, hire him and his team!
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Posted by Jessica | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comfort during a difficult time
I spoke to several lawyers prior to my relationship ending with this former employer, then afterwards several more. Ryan listened to ALL of the details without making any assumptions. He took the time to explain all of my options. He wasnt rushed or short with me as many of the other lawyers I spoke to were. He helped me feel supported at a time where I felt powerless. He gave me hope and then delivered on his promises to me. Ryan Stephan is honest, kind, compassionate, and helpful. It's been a pleasure working with him and I will be referring anyone I can his way. Excellent work. Very professional Thank you!
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Posted by Lissy | August 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Never met a lawyer like Ryan! Aces!!!!
I was referred to Ryan. I work for a large national company and needed someone to speak to for legal advice. Ryan was different in every way when i compare him to past lawyers I've had to deal with. From the very start he actually listened to my story....the whole story! He never cut me off or tried to rich me off the phone and made me feel like I had to wrap it up. He listened and he then gave me some legal direction as I was unsure what to do. He never pushed me to hire him and after a couple calls I knew he was someone who really just cares about helping people. He always made himself available and after each call I felt so much relief I can't even tell you how that was needed. I know if i ever need anything or if anyone I know ever needs legal guidance that Ryan is the guy to send them to. i can't say enough good things and he knows the law! He didn't string me along and was very upfront with my choices and educated me with different outcomes so i knew ahead of time the different way things could go. I've never met an attorney who makes you feel like they will drop whatever to help you and that's how i felt like with Ryan. When you are going through something at your job where you feel you need to seek legal counsel it really helps to have someone who makes you a priority. Thanks Ryan for everything!!!! Lissy
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Posted by Theon | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a great firm
Everything I expected and more. From the first rime I spoke with Ryan he gave me a confidence about this case I didn’t have before. Ryan explained to me everything we were going to fight for, and that’s exactly the way it went. I strongly suggest looking into this law firm if you have any discrimination situation arise. This is the firm you want to deal with trust me. Thanks for the honesty and the quality in which you handled my case.
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Posted by Jessie | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Ryan has been so good to me. We worked together to come up with a plan and he delivered. He is easy to get in touch with, compassionate with the emotional toll taken per your situation, and he delivers fast results. I am so pleased with the work done. Thank you Ryan!
Posted by Adam | March 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST LAWYER EVER!
I want everyone to know that finds this review that Ryan Stephan is hands down the best lawyer you can have on your side. He has helped me numerous times and has never failed me. He is accessible, professional and highly skilled. If you are looking for the best of the best you need to speak to Ryan!
Posted by Maria | February 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Results are what you'll get!
In 2014 I was searching for an attorney to represent me in an employment case (misclassification and tortous interference). Ryan Stephan contacted me and after talking to him and reviewing his firm's website and their extensive experience in this area, I decided that he was the right attorney for me. Ryan and his team were always there to support me and my case, was attentive and responsive to every inquiry I had, and performed their responsibilities diligently. We won a portion of my case and I believe we would have won both parts of the case if we did not have to go before an arbitrator, per an agreement I had signed with my employer. If you are looking for an attorney that will go the extra mile, then I highly recommend Ryan Stephan and his firm. They are results oriented and THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Overtime Settlement
I reached out to Ryan roughly 3 months ago to tell him about my situation. He was excellent with his fact finding and we had 3 phone conversations and then met in person at his office. From there we reached a settlement about 2 months after first contact and I received my payment this week. Excellent customer service and he is true to his word throughout the process!
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
B of A
Ryan and his associated Katie represented myself and other employees of the bank in obtaining overtime pay.
Posted by Don | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan Stephan - A Great Lawyer who Cares!
The law firm, Stephan Zouras, handled a matter for me that was very problematic - I cannot be too specific because of the nondisclosure agreement, but suffice it to say that they came through for me FAR beyond my expectations - TWICE, in TWO separate cases. I will DEFINITELY use them in the future if I ever have any similar cases against unfair employers. Anyone that thinks attorneys are not accessible needs to hire this firm. Every staff member (Kerry, Ryan, many others) was polite, and professional, understanding, kind, and sympathetic. Thanks again, to all of you on my settlement!
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Posted by Hassan | January 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
An exceptional and brilliant attorney
Ryan worked me while I was part of class action against a former employer who was in violation of various labor laws. he was very pleasant to work with, my overall experience with the firm was very positive and I highly recommend him and his team. if you want the outcome you're looking for then he's your guy
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counsel with Exceptional Results
Ryan and his firm's reputation of Class action, Employment, labor, and wrongful termination law is recognized and respected by several other firms. Ryan was detail oriented and discovered additional offenses made by my previous employer. He guided me through the process with empathy, honesty and experience. Ryan was able to quickly settle my case with results I had expected.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Stephan Zouras, LLP
  • 2007 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Daniels v. Premium Capital
  • Plaintiff verdict

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Illinois Risng Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law 101
  • A career in law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Ryan
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Class action Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ryan Stephan is a talented and experienced attorney who has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of classes of victims of unlawful employment practices. Ryan brings unfettered spirit and dedication to all of his clients, and it is a pleasure to work with him and learn from him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ryan, like all great lawyers, has an incisive legal mind. However, he has many skills many other lawyers don't: he's a great negotiator, constantly makes time to speak to clients, and communicates to them as equals. I strongly endorse Ryan."
Class action Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ryan on several overtime class action cases. He has consistently demonstrated excellent knowledge, experience and expertise in handling wage and hour matters. I endorse him."
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Class action
Class action