L. Steven Platt


As a lawyer, I know that at the end of the day, the work I do affects peoples’ lives and livelihoods. That is a solemn responsibility and not one I take lightly.

My Background

My job is to solve the labor and employment problems that keep my clients up at night and threaten the very existence of their businesses. The kinds of matters I handle often cause a great deal of anxiety, embarrassment and frustration that can make an uncomfortable situation even more complicated. In light of that, true legal representation demands more than experience, but an understanding of the professional and personal challenges that typically accompany these matters.

I have spent my career in the courtroom and use that knowledge to help clients focus on what’s truly important in the real world of courtroom and jury dynamics to determine whether they have a winnable case. Sometimes facts that may seem terribly important won’t do much to influence a judge or a jury. Sometimes little things that may seem like they have very little to do with a case may actually make all the difference in the world. No one can determine with any degree of certainty what will actually happen in a courtroom, but I focus on improving my clients’ odds.

Recent Work

Steven's recent work:
  • Assisted the courts and the government in helping to shape the law
  • Helped the EEOC adopt the regulations that interpret the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Worked with the Seventh Circuit to draft the Jury Instructions used in Sexual Harassment jury trials by federal courts
  • Assigned two members to the team of professionals, Joe Garrison of Connecticut and Cliff Palefsky of San Francisco to work with the American Law Institute in crafting the revised Restatement of the Law 2nd on Employment which was just issued in January of this year
  • Worked with Joe Garrison as one of the representatives on the team who worked with the Judicial Conference to rewrite and revise the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on Discovery, that went into effect in December of 2015.
  • Participated in and help with preparing the oral arguments for and the briefs written in 12 of the most recent civil rights cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and argued by Professor Eric Schnapper
  • Co-authored a book on Age Discrimination with Cathy Ventrell Monsees now in its 23rd edition. Ms. Monsees is the first deputy assistant to Jenny Yang, the Chairwoman of the EEOC. I have known Chairwoman Yang since she worked as counsel for NOW and worked with her on the Faragher and Ellerth cases.

Community Service

Over the years, Steve has served in the following capacities: 
  • EEOC Liaison and on the Labor and Employment Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Past Managing Editor of the Chicago Bar News
  • Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Record
  • Former President of the Illinois National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Former Secretary and Board Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and former President
  • Judicial Screening Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and former Chairman of the Civil Rights Committee (1996-1998)


Throughout his career, Steve has received the following honors:
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability and is rated "preeminent;" a "5" out of "5" by peers and clients; has an AVVO rating of "superb" or 9.4; rated an "Elite" Lawyer by Elite American Lawyers Association
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the category of Employment Law: Employer
  • Rated as one of the top seven employment lawyers in Chicago in 2005 by Chambers and Partners, Ltd., an independent rating service
  • Named as one of Crain's Chicago Business' top 100 lawyers in Illinois in its January 2009 edition
  • Named by Cambridge Who's Who as the 2009 "Professional of the Year" in the Employment and Legal Services area
  • Recognized on July 7, 2010 by Cambridge Who's Who "for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in the legal services industry"
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of labor and employment law from 2008 to the present
  • Named and is currently a "Fellow" in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Named to Who's Who in the American Lawyers Edition in 2012

Publications and Presentations

Publications and Presentations
  • Co-author of the legal reference book, Age Discrimination Litigation, published by James Publishing now in its 14th publication (2000 - present)
  • Co-author of two chapters on sex discrimination and family and medical leave issues and lecturer for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education (IICLE) (1984 - 2014) and a current lecturer for IICLE
  • Author and lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute (April 1996 - 2000)
  • Author and lecturer for the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) national conferences (1991 - 2011)
  • Employee Assistance law overview for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) State Apprenticeship Conference (March 1996)
  • Published more than 40 articles in industry and legal publications
  • Lecturer for the International Employee Benefit Foundation (IEBF)
  • Lecturer for the Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Lecturer for The John Marshall Law School
  • Featured on a segment on CBS Network News television's Eye on America series and was interviewed by CBS Network correspondent Roger Simon. He has also been interviewed by many local television and radio news people including Bill Kurtis, Craig Wall, Dorothy Tucker, Mike Parker, Marion Brooks and Steve Sanders and has been repeatedly quoted in the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, AARP publications as well as in local newspapers

My Education

Loyola University of Chicago, J.D., 1978

Northwestern University, B.A. from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, 1975


Illinois, 1978U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1979U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2003U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2009U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2013U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1978U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1980U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2015U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


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