About Stephen Swedlow

Stephen A. Swedlow is a trial lawyer with over 26 years of courtroom experience, having personally tried over 20 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country.  Recently, he obtained judgments against the Trump Administration in precedent setting litigation, recovering $3.7 billion to help preserve the non-profit health insurance options for people under the Affordable Care Act.  He has been given positive ratings by every bar association which has evaluated his credentials to serve as Judge.

For the past ten years, Stephen has served as the Chicago managing partner of the largest law firm in the world devoted to business litigation, where he serves as lead counsel on all varieties of complex civil litigations and trials.  Prior to that, Stephen founded his own firm spending over a decade working on significant trials and appeals.  

Earlier in his career, Stephen served as pro bono counsel vindicating the rights of the shooting victim of hate crime victims resulting from a series of shooting sprees by the follower of an anti-semitic and racist hate group.  Specifically, Stephen brought claims against Matthew Hale and his neo-Nazi organization World Church of the Creator stemming from one of his follower’s (Benjamin Smith) multi-day murderous shooting spree that resulted in the death of Ricky Byrdsong, Northwestern University’s first African-American basketball coach, the shooting of numerous orthodox Jewish victims in Rogers Park, and the shooting and wounding of Stephen’s client Reverend Stephen Anderson, an African-American minister in Decatur, Illinois.

Stephen has built his career and reputation seeking out and trying precedent setting cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including two trials against the tobacco industry and successful claims against pharmaceutical companies – protecting the rights of citizens to be free from deception.  In addition to his extensive trial experience, he has argued many cases on appeal, including cases on behalf of consumers before the Illinois Supreme Court.  

Stephen was born and raised in Cook County, a proud product of the public school system and a graduate of Evanston Township High School.  Throughout his career he has worked to promote diversity and opportunity within the legal profession.  He is a founding member of his firm’s diversity committee, seeking to recruit law students with varied backgrounds and to mentor young lawyers to give them the tools to succeed in the field

After graduating law school at The Ohio State University summa cum laude (with highest honors), Stephen began his legal career as a Judicial Clerk to Federal Appeals Court Judge Jerome Farris.  He then returned to Chicago in 1996 and has lived in Wrigleyville in Chicago’s 44th Ward for the past 25 years.  Outside of his legal practice, he supports the community, promotes equal access to justice, and raises his twin children Andrew and Sophia who currently attend fourth grade at Blaine (CPS) Elementary.  Stephen looks forward to attending their B’nai Mitzvahs at the same temple he had his Bar Mitzvah (Temple Sholom) forty years earlier.  

Stephen has been recognized by distinguished organizations and publications over the course of his career.  He was a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for each the past 11 years and featured as such in Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine; Selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer; received the top “AV” lawyer rating from Martindale Hubbell; and selected as one of Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers by ALM.   Stephen is an invited lecturer at Northwestern University Law School on statutory torts, complex civil litigation, class actions and state Constitutional law.

Stephen  supports many organizations with both his time and resources, including:  CARPLS – offering free legal advice to Chicago area residents, Lakeview Pantry – providing food and mental wellness services for Northsiders, Hope For The Day – an organization proactively engaged in suicide prevention and mental health education, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center helping children heal from abuse, The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (based in his hometown of Evanston), The Illinois Bar Foundation and The Chicago Bar Foundation – providing access to justice and lawyers in need, The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, Freeform (focused on reducing intimate partner violence), Northwestern University (Bluhm Legal Clinic), American Immigration Council, and BALIF Foundation (an LGBTQI Bar Foundation).  Stephen Swedlow will be a Judge that every community in Cook County’s 8th Judicial Subcircuit can be proud of.


Notable Representations

Lead counsel in ongoing opt-in class actions which have already resulted in final judgments against the US Government on behalf of health insurance companies recovering $3.7 billion in unpaid Risk Corridors payments due under the Affordable Care Act.

Lead defense counsel in complex trade secrets claims brought by Apple against former iPhone chip designer.

Lead counsel in claims brought and against Qualcomm for alleged antitrust violations in the context of cell phone and wireless technology licensing.

Trial counsel in series of separate trade secrets claims for IQVIA, IMS/Quintiles as both plaintiffs and defendants against Veeva, 4G Clinical and Medimpact.

Trial counsel in Price v. Philip Morris for an 8-week trial resulting a $10.1 billion judgment entered against Philip Morris—the largest verdict in the history of the Illinois court system. 

Argued the appeal of Price v. Philip Morris, 848 N.E.2d 1, 33 (Ill. 2005) before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Argued before the State Supreme Court in Barbara’s Sales Inc., v. Intel Corp., 879 N.E.2d 910 (Ill. 2007).

Trial counsel in $100 million patent case on behalf of defendants Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint resulting in a complete victory before a jury in an E.D. Texas patent infringement lawsuit where the jury found all of the asserted claims not infringed and invalid for anticipation, obviousness, and lack of written description.

Patent and antitrust counsel for Qualcomm in litigation against Apple, consumer antitrust plaintiffs and Federal Trade Commission.

Lead counsel for Uber Technologies in cases involving the Lanham Act, class actions and RICO claims filed across the United States in five different state and federal jurisdictions.

Co-lead counsel for Motorola and Google in multi-patent cases against Apple involving smartphone patents  and wireless communication standards-essential patents.

Trial counsel in antitrust action involving allegations of improper anti-competitive influence over the standard-setting processes for telecommunication technology standards and the allegedly unlawfully acquisition of monopoly power in several markets.

Counsel for Alcatel-Lucent in patent claims brought by Adaptix (Acacia subsidiary) involving methods and systems for allocating and assigning channels and groups/clusters of channels within OFDMA 4G LTE cellular networks.

Counsel for comScore (internet analytics company) in patent infringement claims, securities claims and putative class actions involving statutory and common law claims impacting scope of consent and personal information rights in the context of internet transactions.

Lead negotiating counsel for plaintiffs in pharmaceutical drugs-related settlements of $63.8 million and $100 million on behalf of nationwide classes consisting of individuals and corporations.

Lead counsel for Plaintiff class in a wage and hour class action on behalf of all hourly employees of Sport Chalet resulting in certified class settlement for over 3000 current and former employees.

Provided invited testimony before Illinois Senate Executive Committee regarding proposed bond cap legislation and was successful in defeating this legislative initiative in Illinois.