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Lawrence A. Stein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Wheaton, IL

Rathje Woodward LLC
300 East Roosevelt Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-668-8500
Fax: 630-668-9218
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (40%), Appellate (30%), Estate & Trust Litigation (30%)
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Attorney Profile

I represent parties to civil and criminal actions in state and federal courts and other tribunals throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. I have handled numerous jury trials, bench trials, proceedings before arbitration tribunals, mediation sessions, and appeals, including appeals to the Supreme Court of Illinois, since 1993. I usually represents business interests in commercial disputes, but I often represent individuals in trust and estate contests and business disputes. I specializes in trials, commercial litigation, estate and trust contests, appeals, and emergency litigation, including proceedings for temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions. My niche criminal practice includes only a few select cases at any given time. I live with my family in Glen Ellyn, where I served first as the treasurer and then the president of the board of trustees of the Glen Ellyn Public Library from 2006 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2010, respectively, and shortly after which I began serving as the president of the library's charitable foundation, a position I still hold.

About Lawrence A. Stein

First Admitted: 1993, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.rathjewoodward.com/attorneys/lawrence-a-stein/

Representative Clients

  • Broadband.com, Inc., a technology company.
  • CNA International, Inc., a privately held national distributor of consumer appliances. 2005 to present., 2005
  • YG-1, Ltd., a public company that manufactures drills and taps based in South Korea, where its stock is traded. 2007 to present., 2007

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Admitted to practice before both federal trial courts in Wisconsin.
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1996
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1994
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit., 1994
  • Addmitted to practice law in Maryland by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, its highest court (voluntarily inactive), 1994

Educational Background

  • J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • BA., Economics, University of Chicago., 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Du Page County Bar Association, 1993 to present., 1993
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Illininois State Bar Association, 2012 to present., 2012
  • President of the Du Page County Bar Foundation, 2014
  • Member of the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association., 2016
  • Appointed by the president of the state bar association to serve as a member of its Antitust and Unfair Competition Section Council, which serves as the leadership that part of the association and includes the attorneys practicing in those and related areas., 2002
  • Member of the American Bar Association, 1991 to present., 1993
  • Co-chair of Awards Committee of the Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, 2012 to present., 2012
  • Elected by the members of the Appellate Lawyers Association to serve on its board of directors., 2013
  • Member of the working group of the Commission for Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois revising and developing the materials to guide the discussions with incoming law students various aspects of the the ethical rules that will be applicable to them when they become lawyers. 2013 to present., 2013
  • Appointed by the president-elect of my local bar asssociation to serve as the vice-chair of its committee on Appellate Law and Practice. Help recruit the faculty for the committee's annual educational seminar for lawyers interest in that practice area, including The Honorable Diane P. Wood, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which hears appeals from federal trial courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, serves as the highest federal court in those states, and whose rulings are only subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States, 2008
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, 1993 to present., 1993
  • Member of the Standing Committee of Legal Education, Competence, and Admission and Competence of the Illinois State Bar Association, 2012 to present., 2012
  • Serving as a facilitator for the Commission for Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois by discussing with groups of incoming law students specific aspects of professionalism and ethics that they will be bound to when they become lawyers. 2011 to present., 2011
  • Appointed by the president of my local bar association as the chair of its commimttee on Appellate Law and Practice. Lead the efforts of the committee to plan, develop, market, and recruit faculty for its annual educational seminar for lawyers interested in that area of practice, including The Honorable William J. Bauer, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which hears appeals from federal trial courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, serves as the highest federal court in those states, and whose rulings are only subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States., 2009

Honors/Awards

  • Graduated from the law school at Northern Illinois University, cum laude, in 1993, Graduated with Honors from Law School, Northern Illinois University, 1993
  • Selected as member of the mock trial team during my third year of law school. Our team's responsibility was to prepare for, practice, practice, and practice, and then ultimately compete against teams from other law schools in a regional competition., Member of the Mock Trial Team, Northern Illinois University, 1993
  • Named lead articles editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review in 1992, and served in that position with one of my classmates, during my third year in law school, the 1992-93 academic year., Lead Articles Editor, Northern Illinois University Law Review, 1992
  • Selected to serve as a memeber of the Northern Illinois University Law Review after a writing competition during the summer before my second year of law school., Northern Illinois University Law Review, 1992
  • Won the American Jurisprudence Award in appellate advocacy for high achievement in that class during my second year of law school., American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy, 1991
  • The Litigation Counsel of America is an honor society of trial lawyers, composed of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellowship is highly selective and by invitation only, based on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation in trial and reviewing courts. The mission of the Litigation Counsel of America is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to foster a cohesive membership for the exchange of ideas, to advance superior advocacy and ethical standards, and to provide a channel for sholarship., Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Elected by the community to serve on the board of trustees of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, and selected by the board to serve as its treasurer., 2006
  • Volunteer attorney for Administer Justice, a legal aid agency based in Elgin, Illinois, recently organized to provide free legal services to those of modest means who need them, by spending several Saturdays each year at a local church that hosts Administer Justice's efforts, contrinuting the use of their facilities, and providing local individuals in need of legal services with a convenient, easy to find, comfortable, and safe place to consult with a lawyer in private without cost., 2011
  • Serve as a volunteer attorney for the Du Page County Legal Aid Service of the Du Page County Bar Association. Represent eligible for its services that it cannot represent due to conflicts of interest or lack of recources. 1993 to present.
  • Serve as a member of the advisory board of the Du Page County office of Prairie State Sevices, Inc., a local provoder of free legal services for those without the resources to retain counsel. 1993 to present., 1993
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the law school at Northern Illinois University. Help put on programs and reunions to support the law school, stay informed of the activities of the law school, and assist in providing the dean of the law school with the sentiments and relevant opinions of its alumni. 2003 to present., 2003
  • Chicago Chair, and member of the board of directors, of the University of Chicago's Alumni Law Society, a group of lawyers who attended the University of Chicago., 2016
  • Selected by the board if trustees of the Glen Ellyn Public Library to serve as its president at a time when the library was facing a significant financial issue arising out of the need to undertake expensive repairs to its facility, that needed to be delicately because our building had just been built, brand new, in 1995. Worked extensively with the professional staff of the library, including its executive director, on that and other issues, as well as its outside counsel. Sucessfully engaged cooperatively with the village board, its staff, and the community, to raise the resources necessary to make the neccessary repairs with a combination of the sale of bonds and a modest tax increase at a time when economic conditions made even the smallest tax increase even less popular than usual, but was necessary to avoid continuing damage to the building and even greater expenses later. The repairs were completed on time and under budget, due to a tireless executive director (a trained librarian would have preferred to use her time and energies running a world class library) who located a project management consultant of unparalled expertise and who supervised the the construction suppliers and workers (individuals who librarians could not reasonably be expected understand, much less motivate, supervise, and lead) with uncanny skill, diligence, and success, taking expert advantage of the oversupply of construction goods and services extant then. Presided over the meetings of the board, presented the library's case for the funds to make the repairs at multiple public meetings at the library convened for that purpose, and addressed the concerns fo the public at two public sessions held during meetings of the board of trustees of the village, who was issuing the bonds on behalf of the library, as agenda items of their meetings., 2008
  • Member of the board of directors of the Du Page County Legal Assistance Foundation, which raises funds for programs that support the admisnistration of justice. 2012 to present., 2012
  • Elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation. 2010 to present., 2010

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Won a jury verdict very favorable to the defendant after a three-week jury trial on September 24, 2010. The plaintiff sought about $57,000,000, and obtained a verdict in the net amount of approximately $800,000. Both side alleged fraud against the other. The jury found against the plaintiffs’ claim of fraud against the defendants and in favor of the defendants’ claim of fraud against the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ appeal, and the defendants’ cross appeal, are pending. Reported by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter at CCC 18/4 (February 2011)., 2012
  • People v. Ward, No. 2-06-0400 in Appellate Court of Illinois for the Second Judicial District. Obtained an outright (but unpublished) reversal of a criminal conviction for felony theft, a sentence of nearly seven years in the penitentiary, and a judgment for restitution in the amount of $320,000. My client was indicted by a grand jury and convicted after a jury trial handled by other counsel. The judgment of the appellate court was an acquittal. The appellate court found the evidence presented at trial insufficient to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, barring the prosecution from seeking a new trial on double jeopardy grounds., 2008
  • In re Yucis (2d Dist. 2008), 382 Ill. App. 3d 1062, 890 N.E.2d 964. Obtained a reversal of a judgment ordering the sale of virtually all of my client’s assets based on the restitution judgment above that was ultimately reversed too. At my request, costs were taxed against the appellee personally, even though he was litigating in his capacity as the representative of the estate., 2008
  • In re Miller Trusts (2d Dist. 2009), 396 Ill. App. 3d 910, 890 N.E.2d 964. Won a published dismissal of an appeal after obtaining success at trial in an intractible dispute. The unpublished ruling after the dismissal of the appeal affirmed the result of the trial., 2009
  • Comdisco, Inc. v. Marc/5R, Ltd. Nos. 00-6678 and 01-0226. United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Defended this claim for $1,184,848.57 in damages for alleged breach of contract by plaintiff represented by large national law firm. Accomplished to transfer of venue from Chicago, where plaintiff filed the claim, to Wisconsin, where the defendant conducted its business. The case was then dismissed by the court in Wisconsin, which prompted an extremely favorable settlement in the approximate amount my client offered before the suit was filed. There was a trade report on an aspect of the case., 2001

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Appointed a Special Assistant States Attorny of Lake County by the Circuit Court to represent the County Clerk in litigation contesting the validity of legislation purporting to require the county to establish an election commission to take over the Clerk's duties to administer elections. Over the objections of a team of lawyers from the office of the Attorney General of Illinois, trial court's final judgement declared the statute violated the Constitution of Illinois of 1970, and permanently enjoined its implementation. The Attorney General of Illinois initially took a direct appeal to the Supreme Court of Illinois, but later declined to prosecute the appeal and permitted the judgment of the trial court to become final, rendering the legislation legislation permanently invalid., 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Coached the 2014 team of advanced law students in the national Student Trial Advocacy Competition organized by the American Association of Justice, including guidance on late-stage trial preparation, provide ideas and suggestions on trial strategy, supply information on lesser known and offen unwritten rules on trial practice, provide best practices on how to conduct themselves before the judge and the jury, help them navigate around the courthouse and courtroom, and bore them with countless "war stories.", Coach, Coach, Northern Illinois University, Legal Education, 2014
  • Served as an instructor for the Keith E Roberts Civil Trial Advocacy Workshop produced by the Du Page County Bar Association in order to help train lawyers to effectively advocate at jury trials., Instructor, 2008
  • Served as an instructor for the Keith E Roberts Civil Trial Advocacy Workshop produced by the Du Page County Bar Association in order to help train lawyers to effectively advocate at jury trials., Instructor, 2012
  • Appeared on "The Village Times," a cable access television program presented by Downers Grove Township, interviewed as the sole quest on the topic of "Fraud and the Older Consumer.", Interviewee, Downers Grove Township, 1995
  • Comment on a procedural decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 35 The Brief: Newsletter of the Appellate Lawyers Association 7 (Nov. 2012)., Author, Caution: Follow the “Procedures Specified by Law” Even When Filing an Unopposed Motion, The Brief: Newsletter of the Appellate Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Comment on a decision of the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First Judicial District on an issue of subject-matter jurisdiction in the trial court. 35 The Brief: Newsletter of the Appellate Lawyers Association 7 (Nov. 2012)., Author, Does Failing To Obtain Leave of Court, As Required By A Supreme Court Rule, Deprive a Trial Court of Jurisdiction?, The Brief: Newsletter of the Appellate Lawyers Association , 2012
  • Spoke at a seminar for lawyers introducing them to the applicable rules and my recommended guidelines for conducting motion practice in the Appellate Court of Illinois and the Supreme Court of Illinois., Speaker, Appellate Motion Practice, Du Page Association of Women Lawyers, 2013
  • Provided instruction for lawyers on how to start a family law case as part of the Lunch and Learn Series of Administer Justice, a legal aid agency in Elgin, Illinois., Speaker, How to Start a New Family Law Case, Administer Justice, a legal aid agency in Elgin Illinois., 2013
  • A summary and analysis of an important recent decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois., Author, No Risk of Retroactively Validating Prior Void Orders When Submitting to the Jurisdiction of the Court after Final Judgment, Appellate Lawyers Association, Legal, 2014
  • Summarized the law and applicable strategy with respect to effectively using expert witnesses at trial for fellow lawyers in the community., Lecturer, Effective Use of Expert Witnesses at Trial, Du Page County Bar Association, Law Practice, 2015

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
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Office Location for Lawrence A. Stein

300 East Roosevelt Road
Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187

Last Updated: 10/12/2021

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