Steven has a successful practice in product liability and general commercial litigation at DLA Piper, where he has secured defense verdicts in arbitration for major auto manufacturers and successfully prosecuted the claims of a major automobile credit company at arbitration. At the age of 28, Steven Hunter enters his fourth year of practice at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary having already significantly enhanced the legal profession.
Even with his busy practice, Steven always finds time to do pro bono work for individuals and organizations in need. He does much of that work through the Asian Legal Services Clinic, which serves vulnerable residents of Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater communities. In his role as Clinic Chair, Steven oversees the administration of the pro bono clinic, provides general legal advice and provides representation in some of the most egregious cases. Steven also actively participates in DLA Piper’s Juvenile Justice Project, a large-scale effort to provide criminal defense representation to children in need. As first chair for the defense of a 15-year-old honor student with no prior criminal record, Steven obtained a not guilty verdict in an adult Class X felony case. Working with UMOJA Student Development Corporation, Steven also obtained a $152,000 judgment for the victim of a racially motivated hate crime in 2004.
Apart from pro bono activities, Steven also contributes greatly to Chicago’s arts community and the organized bar. He has served as chair of the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, as well as on the Boards of the Iona Calhoun School of Classical Ballet and the Tangerine Arts Group. Steven's colleagues admire his kindness, courtesy, tenacity and insight. His steadfast commitment to pro bono and community service work, along with his determination to make the organized bar a force for improving the legal profession and the community, set an outstanding example for all attorneys.