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Steven J. Seidman

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Local Phone: (312) 781-1977
Fax: (312) 853-2187

Two First National Plaza
20 S Clark St #700
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Steven J. Seidman, the founding member of Seidman, Margulis and Fairman, LLP, has been practicing plaintiff's injury law for 40 years. During that time, he has successfully tried thousands of cases to award or verdict. Combining a tireless work ethic with a keen understanding of the law, Steve has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for the firm's clients, securing many multi-million dollar jury verdicts. Among those, Steve obtained a $26.1 million gross verdict for a seriously injured truck driver injured in a scrapyard. Further, his verdict of $3.8 million for an attorney who contracted Legionnaire disease at the JW Marriott in Chicago was the highest reported verdict in Illinois history for that type of injury.

In addition to pursuing compensation for injuries due to the negligence of others, Steve also concentrates in workers' compensation law, ensuring those injured at work achieve the maximum compensation afforded under the law. Steve recently negotiated a $6 million settlement for a seriously injured police officer, believed to be the highest, if not the highest, workers' compensation settlement in Illinois history.

Steve prides himself on never backing down from a difficult case, known for aggressively negotiating each case and taking cases to trial whenever necessary to obtain maximum compensation for the client. He is recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer (reserved for the top 5% of attorneys), honored as a SuperLawyer, and has consistently achieved the highest AV preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, selected by the judiciary and his peers. Other Chicago personal injury lawyers in the field often call upon Steve to serve as an arbitrator to assist in bringing their own cases to resolution.

Client Approach

"Every case I work on has the same importance as another. I value our clients and their trust in allowing me to help them with their legal matters during a difficult time in their lives. I have been honored to meet wonderful people under dire circumstances, and have put forth my greatest effort for every one of our clients. I have enjoyed maintaining relationships with many of our clients long after their cases have resolved."


J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981

B.S., University of Illinois, 1978

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois, 1981
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Workers Compensation Lawyers Association

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards

Selected to Super Lawyers 2012 – 2024

Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement for Legionnaire’s Disease

Client Reviews
"Ryan Margulis is an awesome injury attorney and I recommend his firm highly. He is an honest and very professional attorney, returns calls immediately, very trustworthy. I recommended many new clients to the firm, and all the clients I sent to the firm were very happy with their results." Jorge S.
"This is one of the finest law firms I have ever dealt with. Every time I called Steve he got right back to me. I had a small case and he did not one time pass my case on to another member. He personally handled it to the very end. Thanks again, Steve Seidman." Eric V.
"I was referred to Melanie Fairman to represent me for my brother's case. She was outstanding and went above and beyond to represent me during a very stressful time in my life. She is very professional and loyal to her clients. She fought hard for my case and did not let me give up and I am very satisfied with the outcome, thanks to her. Thank you so much for everything you have done for my family!" Nancy R.
"Ryan Margulis and his team were extremely helpful and diligent in helping my family and I after an auto accident. We felt very comfortable leaving our case in their hands. Communication was great, and they do not waste any time. I will definitely be using them again should I need their services." Matthew H.