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Steven H. Gistenson Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1986

Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court


John Marshall Law School, J.D.

  • Moot Court

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A.

Steven Gistenson concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, including trial and appellate litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients in both the public and private sectors in a wide range of disputes, including disputes arising in the context of partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, the securities industry, franchising, licensing, construction, legal malpractice and eminent domain.

Mr. Gistenson's clients have included Standard Parking Corporation, Mesirow Financial, Inc., Next Realty, LLC, Zeller Realty Group, HSA Commercial Real Estate, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Hasbro, Inc., Park Place Entertainment Corporation, Tiger Electronics, Ltd., McDonald's Corporation and Bally Total Fitness Corporation.

Mr. Gistenson has been involved in numerous jury and bench trials, and he has followed his cases through the appellate level. He has represented clients before federal and state courts across the nation. Additionally, Mr. Gistenson has represented clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and before the Chicago Board of Trade and the National Association of Securities Dealers.

While in law school, Mr. Gistenson assisted in the prosecution of felony cases for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office as part of a program under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711. He was an associate justice of The John Marshall Law School Moot Court Executive Board and an award winner in competitions for legal writing and advocacy.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Board of Directors

Named an Illinois Super Lawyer in the areas of Business Litigation, Appellate and Construction Litigation by Law & Politics, 2005-2012

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2008-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell