Stephen J. Schlegel has wide ranging experience in the trial and appeal of complex property and casualty matters, multistate mass- and class action litigation, commercial matters dealing with intellectual property rights and trade secrets, and complex matters concerning trust and Estates. He also has significant experience in the not for profit sector. Stephen rose to national prominence in 1983 when he was appointed national lead counsel in In re Agent Orange Products Liability Litigation, the civil class action claims of Vietnam-era veterans seeking damages for exposure to herbicides during their service in Southeast Asia.
Stephen is admitted to practice in Illinois, was admitted previously in both New York, and Michigan, where he maintained active office and tried many matters. He practices in Illinois courts as well as numerous federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal throughout the country. He has also successfully appeared before the United States Supreme Court. His career has included involvement as a speaker at numerous law schools throughout the country, with focus on complex class and multistate litigation procedures. He has also been actively involved in the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations and various committees thereof.
Stephen has had the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell for over twenty-seven years. In 2004, professional peers in Illinois recommended him as a leading lawyer in eight practice categories.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D. (1969) Northwestern University, B.A. (1966)
Illinois New York Michigan United States Supreme Court United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan United States District Court for the Southern District of New York United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York United States Tax Court _______________________________________________________________________________
Diola Xhaferri is an Associate at Stephen J. Schlegel Ltd. handling the firm’s various complex civil litigation matters, including personal injury plaintiff work, estate planning and administration, corporate organization and litigation, contractual matters and residential real estate transactions.
Diola graduated with a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, Diola was involved with the Immigration and Asylum Clinic. During her second and third year of law school, Diola interned with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, specifically in the Child Development, Juvenile Delinquency, Traffic and Child Support Divisions.
Before law school, Diola attended the University of Michigan, Dearborn, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice.
DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2014) University of Michigan: Dearborn, B.A. (2011)
Illinois United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois