Steven R. Merican

Principal of Steven R. Merican PC
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Phone: (630) 579-6460
Fax: (630) 579-6461

2001 S. Meyers Rd. #315
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

200 E Randolph St #5100,
Chicago, IL 60601

Litigator and mentor, writer and strategist. Developed and maintained successful law practices and law-related business within large law firm and as a solo practitioner. Trained and mentored associate attorneys and paralegal staff and developed network of associate counsel and professional staff to assure profitable and quality practices. Developed marketing strategies and efforts, including international web site and web log presences. Active in bar associations, including chairing committees and lecturing on legal topics. Board member of civic and political organizations. Accomplished public speaker and media interviewee on public policy and legal issues. Frequent lecturer on legal topics to legal bar and trade associations. Skilled facilitator of focus groups. Author on various legal and legal-writing subjects.


J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1982

B.A., Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey), Trenton, New Jersey, 1978
With Honors

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court

Published Works

  • Writing an Appellate Brief, Or, How to Make Tax Law an Interesting Read, The Brief, Journal of the DuPage County, Illinois Bar Association, March, 2007
  • How to Write an Appellate Brief That Judges Want to Read and Answers Their Questions., DCBA Brief Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, November, 2006
  • The New Rules of Federalism, The Heartland Institute, September, 1999
  • Violence at ATM's: When is the Bank Liable, Banking Law Journal, 1997
  • Increasing Premis Violence Litigation Threatens Owners, Real Estate Law Journal, Fall, 1997
  • Franchisor Liability, Marketing Management, Winter, 1996

Classes/Seminars/Public Presentations

  • Jury Focus Groups, Chicago Inn of Court, 2006
  • Campaign/Issue Advocacy Regulations, U.S. Term Limits
  • Testimony to Constitutional Subcommittee of House Judiciary Committee
  • Vicarious Liability of Franchisors, Chicago Bar Association Yes Tort Committee
  • Appellate Jurisdiction in State Court, DuPage County Bar Association, 2003
  • Issues Concerning Appellate Jurisdiction, Chicago Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practitioner Committee, 2001
  • Speaker and Panel Coordinator - Premises Violence, RIMS Annual Conference

Professional and Civic Activities and Publications

July 2014 - present - U.S. Term Limits, Board of Directors.

March 2011 to present - Occasional interviews for KWQC-HD television (Davenport, Iowa NBC affiliate) morning news show on Illinois legal issues.

March 2011 - Interview for the Chicago Trubune re Rahm Emanuel appeal.

July 2008-present  -  Member, Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Web Site Committee

June 2008  - Interview for CLTV Chicago re juries and R. Kelly trial

March 2008  - Panel Moderator and Organizer, CLE Seminar, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Appeals," DuPage County Bar Association

January 2008  -  Author, "Why Illinois Needs A Constitutional Convention," Chicago Daily Observer

Jan. 2007 - April 2007  - Interviews on various Canadian national television networks re juries and Conrad Black trial

March 2007  - Author, "Writing an Appellate Brief, Or, How to Make Tax Law an Interesting Read," DCBA Brief DuPage County Bar Association.

November 2006  - Author, "How to Write an Appellate Brief That Judges Want to Read And Answers Their Questions," DCBA Brief, DuPage County Bar Association. 

2007 - 2009  - Board of Directors, Sam Adams Institute (Now, Team Sam)

July 2007 - June 2008  - Chair, Appellate Law and Practice Committee, DuPage County Bar Association

December 2006 - present  - Author, Illinois Appellate Lawyer Blog,

July 2006 - June 2007  - Vice-Chair, Appellate Law and Practice Committee, DuPage County Bar Association

March 2003  -  "Appellate Jurisdiction in State Court." Presentation to DuPage County Bar Association

2002 - 2006  -  Board of Directors, Citizens in Charge

2001 - 2004  -  "Case Law Update" monthly column for The Brief, DuPage County Bar Association

2000 - 2004  - Editorial Board, The Brief, DuPage County Bar Association

November 2001  - "Issues Concerning Appellate Jurisdiction." Presentation to Chicago Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practitioner Committee

September 1999  - "The New Rules of Federalism," The Heartland Institute

August 1998 - present  - Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association

1998 -2001  -  Board of Legal Advisors, Initiative and Referendum Institute

January 1998  -  Chairman of the Board of Americans for Limited Terms; Board member since 1996

January 1998  -  Presentation at National Term Limits Leadership Conference re Campaign/Issue Advocacy Finance Regulations

October 1997  - "Violence at ATMs; When Is The Bank Liable?" Banking Law Journal

September 1997  - Testimony to the Constitution Subcommittee of the United States House Judiciary Committee re First Amendment Implications of McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill

1996-1997  - Chair, Chicago Bar Association Special Committee to End Recidivism

Winter 1996  - "Franchisor Liability," Marketing Management

October 1996  -  Speaker and panel member of CBA Young Lawyers Section Tort Committee Seminar. Topic: Vicarious Liability of Franchisors

1995 - 1996  - Chair, Chicago Bar Association Development of the Law Committee

March 1995  - Speaker and panel coordinator for 1995 RIMS Annual Conference regarding law of premises violence

August 1994  -  Elected to U.S. Term Limits Council

June 1994  - Nominated contributing editor to The Legal Limit

March 1994  - Speaker and panel coordinator for 1994 RIMS Annual Conference regarding alternative billing methods for legal fees

October 1993  - Co-author of 101 Ways to Cut the Expense of Outside Counsel

1993 - 1998  - Board of Governors and Executive Committee, City Club of Chicago

1993 - 1994  - Chair, Chicago Bar Association Constitutional Law Committee

August 1993  - Founder and Director, Term Limits Illinois

July 1993  - Author, "Back to the Future: Alternatives to Time-Plus-Expense Billing," Law Office Management & Economics

October 1992  - Author, "Term Limits: Cure for an Imperial Congress," Illinois Politics

July 1992  - Guest essay regarding insurance issues arising from the Chicago flood, Chicago Tunnel Reporter

February 1992  - Teacher and moderator for seminar on Death Penalty sponsored by National Conference of Christians and Jews

1991 - 2001  - Board of Directors and Counsel, National Taxpayers United of Illinois

1990 -1991  - Counsel to Illinois Small Business Association

Spring 1990  - Featured in Barrister as one of "20 Young Lawyers Whose Work Makes a Difference"

1988  - Chair, State Constitutional Law Committee of the Heartland Institute

October 1998  - "Why Illinois Needs Independent Judicial Review," The Heartland Institute

1989 - present  -  Dozens of appearances as featured speaker before community organizations, television and radio shows, regarding taxes, government budgeting, politics, and various legal issues