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Stephen L. Richards - Chicago, IL

53 W Jackson BlvdSuite 756 Chicago, IL 60604

Updated: 02/18/2024

Chicago Criminal Law Lawyer

About Stephen L. Richards

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Serious Felonies
  • Drug / Weapons Cases
  • Appeals -- Post-Convictions
  • Sentencing -- Mitigation
  • Civil Rights/1983
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Lead Counsel, Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, 2001

Other Affiliations

  • Illinois Public Defender Association, 2006 - 2008 (President)
  • Illinois Public Defender Association, 2000 - Present (Board Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • New Ideas for Jury Selection, Illinois Public Defender Association, 2007
  • Capital Jury Selection, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal, 2007

Past Positions

  • Office of the State Appellate Defender, Deputy Defender, 2000 - 2008
  • Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 1989 - 2000


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1983
    Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: History


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Reasonable Doubt Redux, 34 John Marshall L. Rev. 495, 2001
  • The Admissibility of Expert Testimony, American Bar Association, 2003

Office Information


53 W Jackson BlvdSuite 756 Chicago, IL 60604


  • 773-634-8107


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Past Lists

  • 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers list
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  • 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list
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  • 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Stephen L. Richards on Super Lawyers


  • Selected to Super Lawyers 2012 - 2019
  • Kutak-Dodds Award, Defender Prize, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2003

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By Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2022

0.5 out of 5 stars

This guy was a nightmare he denied any wrongdoing and there was a huge wrongdoing I was i l l e g a l l y recorded it was used to prosecute me it destroyed my life slandered me I spent more than half a year in jail I spent my life savings on a lawyer who supposed to get me out I want to sue for malpractice slander malicious prosecution and you know what this lawyer mr. Richards said ?I think you are guilty of saying what you said. What I said was illegally recorded !what does he not understand. At the time I was within my statute of limitations but I was also homeless and when I got out of jail and when I was talking to this attorney I told him how bad it was. they committed a crime illegally recording me so whatever I said on that recording was illegal oh my what about that is not obvious.


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