Ryan F. Stephan

Ryan Stephan is a founding partner of Stephan Zouras, LLP. Ryan represents people from all walks of life in class and individual civil litigation. Specifically, Ryan has helped thousands of clients recover damages in cases involving unpaid overtime, employment disputes, business litigation, products liability and personal injury. Ryan has successfully tried cases to verdict including obtaining a $9,000,000 verdict on behalf of 200 employees who were misclassified and denied overtime pay.

Ryan has also served as lead or co-lead counsel on numerous complex class and collective action cases involving wage and hour matters and has helped recover damages for tens of thousands of wronged employees. In these cases, Ryan has helped establish precedent in wage and hour law, forced major corporations to change unlawful employment practices and helped recover tens of millions of dollars in unpaid wages for his clients.

In addition, for the past eight years, Ryan has been recognized by Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section as a a Rising Star and Super Lawyer, a distinction given to no more than 5% of Illinois lawyers.

Professional and Community Activities:
  • Benet Academy Alumni Board Member, 2015-current
  • Feed My Starving Children Volunteer, 2014
  • Chicago Lights Tutor, 2009-2010
  • Chicago Cares Tutor, 2008-2009
  • American Bar Association, 2007-current
  • Illinois State Bar Association 2000-current
Professional Recognition:
  • Chicago Magazine, "Super Lawyer" 2017
  • Chicago Magazine, "Super Lawyer" 2016
  • Chicago Magazine, "Super Lawyer" 2015
  • Chicago Magazine, "Super Lawyer" 2014
  • Chicago Magazine, "Rising Stars" 2013
  • Chicago Magazine, “Rising Stars” 2012
  • Chicago Magazine, “Rising Stars” 2011
  • Chicago Magazine, “Rising Stars” 2010
  • Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, B.A., Political Science, 1996
Admitted to Practice:
  • Illinois, 2000
  • United States District Court of Northern Illinois, 2000
  • Admitted pro hac vice in the Central District of Illinois, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, Superior Court for the State of California, Eastern District of Missouri, District of Maryland, Southern District of Ohio, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, District of Massachusetts, District of New Jersey, District of Minnesota, Western District of Washington and the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.
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