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When you are facing state or federal criminal charges, contact Attorney Stephen L. Richards. His background includes over 75 felony jury trials, hundreds of bench trials and effective negotiations in thousands of other cases.

On a case-by-case basis Mr. Richards has the resources to evaluate all documents, forensic evidence and other relevant materials. This ability gives him the tools to handle high-stake, complex cases. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney who pays close attention to his clients accounting of the situation and occurrences that led up to their arrest. He provides clear, honest guidance to clients and their families.

Contact Law Office of Stephen L. Richards today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

White Collar Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Internet crimes
  • Racketeering (RICO) violations
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Fraud

Post Conviction

  • Appeals
  • Sentencing Mitigation
  • Expungements
  • Pardons
Serious Felonies
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug charges
  • Weapons Violations
  • DUI defense
  • Sex crimes
  • Murder defense
  • Juvenile criminal

Call Law Office of Stephen L. Richards today at 312-724-6324 to arrange your freeinitial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen L Richards


  • Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Certified Legal Specialities:

  • Certified Lead Counsel, Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, 2001


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: History

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Public Defender Association, President, 2006 - 2008
  • Illinois Public Defender Association, Board Member, 2000 - Present
  • Kutak-Dodds Award, Defender Prize, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2003
  • Super Lawyer Rated
  • AVVO Rating 10 out of 10 - Supurb

Notable Victories

People v. Anthony Johnson

After Anthony Johnson had twice been convicted of first degree murder based on accountability and had served ten years in the penitentiary, Stephen L. Richards won a straight reversal of his conviction and he was exonerated and released. Anthony Johnson's case is listed on the national registry of exonerations.

People v. Encarnacion Torres

After Encarnacion Torres was convicted of first degree murder, Stephen L. Richards won a reversal of his conviction in the Illinois Supreme Court based upon a violation of Encarnacion Torres's right to confront his accusers. On remand, the State dropped all charges and Encarnacion Torres was released.

People v. Leroy McFadden

In a jury trial, where he was represented by Stephen L. Richards, Leroy McFadden was acquitted of first degree murder and attempt armed robbery and released from custody.

People v. Corey Campbell

At a jury trial where Corey Campbell was positively identified by the alleged victim, Stephen L. Richards won Corey Campbell an acquittal for charges of attempt first degree murder and aggravated battery, Corey Campbell was released.

People v. Jerry Partee

After being caught with a gun and a Super-X quantity of drugs in his pocket, Stephen L. Richards won Jerry Partee an acquittal for Super-X charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin.

People v. Dorian Thompson

In a jury trial where Dorian Thompson was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics carrying a sentence of life in prison, Stephen L. Richards won a judgment of acquittal.

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