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Stephen L. Richards

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    1 year


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Richards. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Thomas Myzia

    I have had the privilege of litigating against Mr. Richards and it is my privilege to endorse him. His experience and skill set are without peer and he is an absolute professional. Judges and prosecutors alike respect Mr. Richards and know that he is prepared on every case, for every court date. An absolutely phenomenal attorney.


    Michael Myzia Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

651 West Washington, Suite 205
Chicago, IL, 60661-2166


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Kutak-Dodds AwardNational Legal Aid and Defender Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerLaw Office of Stephen L. Richards2008 - Present
Deputy DefenderIllinois Appellate Defender2000 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderCook County Public Defender's Office1989 - 2000
Law ClerkIllinois Supreme Court1986 - 1989
Legal Writing InstructorIllinois IInstitute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Public Defender's AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Encarnacion TorresReversed and remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Public Defender AssociationClasses/Seminars: New Ideas for Jury Selection2007
American Bar AssociationThe Admissibility of Expert Testimony2003
John Marshall Law ReviewReasonable Doubt Redux2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of ChicagoHistoryBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationCapital Jury Selection2007