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Attorney Stephen M. Blecha

Attorney Stephen M. Blecha: A Lawyer Devoted To Serving Clients' Legal Needs

Stephen Blecha has been an associate attorney at Coplan & Crane, Ltd., since August 2012.  Stephen also clerked for the firm from the summer of 2011 to the summer of 2012, and was heavily involved in drafting and editing significant, substantive documents, from motions to appellate briefs.  As an associate, Stephen assists in a variety of personal injury cases, including Federal Employers Liability Act ("FELA") cases, motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, whistle blower complaints, and wrongful death claims.

Stephen is currently pursuing a personal injury claim on behalf of a passenger of a pick-up struck by a tractor-trailer on an Illinois highway.  His comprehensive knowledge, attention to detail, and dedication will ensure the passenger of the pick-up truck will be compensated for the injuries he suffered.

In 2012, Stephen received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.  As a law student, he was the Topics Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review, he served as a Teacher's Assistant for Business Associations I and Business Associations II, and received the CALI award for the highest grade in Elder Law.  Stephen published two articles while in law school, Chipping Away at the Illinois Brick Wall:  The Use of Calder Jurisdiction in Indirect Purchaser Litigation, 2012 ILL. L. REV. 879 (2012), and Zone of Uncertainty:  New Developments in Damages for Wrongful Birth, 21 IDC QUARTERLY, Fourth Quarter 2011, at 29.

Before graduating from law school, Stephen gained valuable experience while working as a law clerk and 711 licensed trial counsel.  From the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2011, Stephen worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Holly F. Clemons of the Circuit Court of Champaign County in Urbana, Illinois.  Most importantly, Stephen gained invaluable experience in the courtroom when he worked for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office during the summers of 2010 and 2011.  During the summer of 2011, Stephen assisted at three bench trials and one jury trial as a 711 licensed attorney.

In 2009, Stephen traveled to Duchity, Haiti, where he worked as a surgical assistant.  During this experience, he worked directly one-on-one with dentists and oral surgeons who extricated teeth from Haitians, some of whom walked for miles to get to the camp.  Stephen gained valuable insight to indigent countries, where the lack of accessibility to quality healthcare is a significant problem.

Stephen graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2008, where he majored in history and minored in English.  As an undergraduate, Stephen worked as a research assistant for Dr. Marshall Poe, and was the producer of his still-running podcast entitled, "NewBooksinHistory.com."

Stephen is an alumnus of Benet Academy in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois, and currently lives in Oak Park.  He is an avid golf and guitar player, and notes he is a big music and movie buff.  Stephen's favorite movie of all time is "Unforgiven," which was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.

 

Honors

William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, June 2017

Harno Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law, May 2012

 

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law, 2012 (magna cum laude)

Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, 2008

 

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Illinois

 

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

 

Practice Areas

Auto Accidents

Birth Injuries

Brain, Spinal Cord and Back Injuries

Bus Accidents

Dangerous Products

Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

Medical Malpractice

Motorcycle Accidents

Personal Injury

Railroad Accidents

Truck Accidents

Workplace Injuries

Wrongful Death

 

Driven To Succeed, Focused On Results In Oak Park, Chicago And Illinois

Discover what Attorney Stephen Blecha can do for you. Call (708) 358-8080 or (800) 394-6002 today.