Recovered millions of dollars
in unpaid overtime for classes of skilled care clinicians who visit patients in their homes
Achieved six-figure settlement
against global software company for violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Obtained multi-million dollar settlement
on behalf of a class of home health care clinicians who worked for the largest health system in Illinois
Teresa M. BecvarPartner
Teresa Becvar assists Stephan Zouras, LLP clients in class action wage and hour, discrimination and consumer protection matters.
Teresa has experience representing employees in a wide range of employment cases, including class and collective action wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination and individual litigation. With a strong knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Teresa helps clients recover unpaid wages when minimum wage and overtime laws are violated.
Teresa’s background includes working for the Shakman Monitor for the City of Chicago, monitoring the City’s hiring practices and making recommendations for policy and procedural reforms. Teresa also worked at Chicago-Kent’s Employment Law Clinic and served as an extern for United States Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox.
Teresa has been recognized by Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyer section as a Rising Star for the past three consecutive years, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of Illinois lawyers.
Federal Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
ABA/BNA Age Discrimination in Employment Law Supplement, Chapter Editor
Chicago-Kent Law Review, Executive Articles Editor & Published Author
Ladder Up Tax Assistance Program Volunteer
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
University of Chicago, B.A., Cinema & Media Studies, 2002
Admitted to Practice:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2013
Admitted pro hac vice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Western District of Washington, the Middle District of Florida, the Central District of California, the District of Arizona, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of Colorado, the District of New Mexico, the Western District of North Carolina, and the Middle District of Tennessee.
What Our Clients Are Saying
The law firm, Stephan Zouras, handled a matter for me that was very problematic - I cannot be too specific because of the nondisclosure agreement, but suffice it to say that they came through for me FAR beyond my expectations - TWICE, in TWO separate cases. I will DEFINITELY use them in the future if I ever have any similar cases against unfair employers. Anyone that thinks attorneys are not accessible needs to hire this firm. Every staff member (Kerry, Ryan, many others) was polite, and professional, understanding, kind, and sympathetic. Thanks again, to all of you on my settlement!Don D.
Jim Zouras is a dedicated and caring professional who fights for the rights of ordinary people. Throughout what could have been a difficult process, I always felt Jim “had my back” and was looking out for my best interests.Stephanie L.
Ryan represented me and my co-workers as part of a large class-action lawsuit against our former employer for multiple violations of labor law. I did not choose him myself, but am so glad somebody found him because he is one of the best attorneys I've ever met. He is dedicated and driven by a sense of moral justice which is increasingly uncommon in any industry today. When working with me, he was incredibly professional combining a sense of empowerment and ferocity in his approach. He is sensitive to his clients' needs and is able to craft a deadly offense while maintaining only the position that his client(s) desire. He ensures that his clients get a stellar advocate in court who will serve as their voice. He won our case resulting in recompense for hard-working people who were unfairly denied pay for work they performed for their company across the course of several years. If you are looking for an OUTSTANDING attorney, Ryan Stephan is your guy.
I worked with Andy Ficzko, an associate of Stephan Zouras. I cannot thank the team, especially Andy, enough for helping me to settle a dispute that I had for a few years. I didn't know where to go and am so thankful that I was directed to use this group. Andy worked hard and was persistent in getting a settlement for me. He always kept me in the loop, did what was in my best interest and never gave up. After years in this dispute, it only took a few short months for Andy to help me walk away with a win. He worked hard to help me and I am so appreciative to him! This is the best group around! Thank you and here's to continued success!!Jennifer S.
Stephan Zouras law firm is one of the best. My personal experience with Teresa and the firm was phenomenal. Teresa always kept me informed and genuinely showed she cared. I would recommend this firm and Teresa to anyone looking for honest people that will fight for you and go the extra mile.LaChelle
I worked with Jim Zouras and it was a pleasure. He told us what to expect and what NOT to expect, and that is exactly how things happened. He talked to me like I had a brain but was not a lawyer and I appreciated that. Hope I never need him again but would hire him again in a second.April W.
I was always kept in the loop with my suit, and their persistence has paid off in the long run. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking to do a class action lawsuit. Ryan and the staff at Stephan Zouras are the best!Liz F.
I was a part of a class action suit which Teresa Becvar handled. Numerous times I had questions and Teresa always returned my phone calls or emails quickly. She was courteous and knowledgeable and encouraging. I am feeling so blessed with the outcome of our lawsuit and I appreciate everything STEPHAN ZOURAS LLP, ATTORNEYS AT LAW DID FOR ME.Erika
If you need a hard-working, detailed, compassionate and cooperative class action attorney, this is your guy [Andy Ficzko]! He keeps in constant contact so you are always in the loop. No question goes unanswered and he makes you feel valued. Unlike some lawyers, he is not pretentious, but very professional and thorough. He handled my case seamlessly and it only required one visit to his office. From beginning to end, my case was completed in about 11 months. I am very happy with the outcome of my case!
Ryan worked me while I was part of class action against a former employer who was in violation of various labor laws. He was very pleasant to work with. My overall experience with the firm was very positive and I highly recommend him and his team.Hassan
Jim Zouras and the legal team at Stephan Zouras did a thorough and outstanding job recovering overtime wages against a former employer. The case was handled as a class action, and Jim and his staff were complete professionals in promptly responding to calls, emails, answering questions, and keeping all of us informed throughout the process. They are dedicated to their work and exceeded our expectations. I would gladly recommend their services to anyone having issues with their employer.Kristin
A great firm to deal with - very personable. Kept up to date on the case and always gave me options. Ryan, his staff and the receptionist were all very nice and helpful at all times. Very satisfied with the results of the case. If you ever need an attorney he will be there for you and walk you through it.Brent
I worked with Jim Zouras as well as Teresa Becvar in a class action and won with a settlement that benefited a large group of fellow former employees. Communication was always very good and they were always helpful in answering any questions as well as preparing me for what was coming and what to expect.Ryan
This review is long overdue but my sentiments are still as overwhelmingly positive and strong for the firm-especially Ryan, Haley and Emily many months later. From day one Ryan made me feel like my case was his most important case, that I was not who was wrong, and that more than anything they were on my side. Their firm and the way they listen and make you feel is why I imagine one would go into practicing law. During my deposition the court reporter even commented how nice Ryan was- there is no need to be a jerk to get what you want. I'm not saying I would do this again but if Ryan and Haley were on my team I would not hesitate. In the end it was not like TV but Ryan is a true Hollywood hero in my world! And Haley a virtual rising star. I am forever grateful for them and helping me close an ugly chapter in my life.