Stephen Pratt focuses his practice on estate planning and related issues for families and individuals. Stephen also represents executors and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts and is experienced in using nonjudicial settlement agreements and trust decanting to modify trusts. In addition, Stephen also welcomes the opportunity to assist clients with special needs planning.

Stephen enjoys getting to know his clients so that he can tailor estate plans specific to the needs of each family and their unique circumstances. Committed to providing sound counsel and insights, Stephen ensures his clients are informed throughout the legal process. Given the complicated nature of estate planning, Stephen always aims to translate the law into accessible terms so that his clients understand and follow the best path to meet their goals.

Stephen also has broad experience in a wide range of business and commercial transactions, including helping clients with residential and commercial real estate matters, the formation of LLCs, corporations, and other entities, business succession planning, and working with charitable organizations.

Before joining Hinshaw, Stephen practiced at a boutique estate planning firm in Morris, Illinois.

Prior to embarking on his legal career, Stephen worked in education, teaching high school German in Lansing, Illinois.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • DePaul University College of Law
    • CALI Award in "Insurance Law"
    • CALI Award in "Legal Research & Writing III"
    • CALI Award in "Public International Law"
    • Dean's List
    • Order of the Coif


Stephen and his wife love traveling and adventuring with their son and canine companions. They are unabashed dog lovers and foster dogs on behalf of the Tails Humane Society in Dekalb, Illinois.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Tails Humane Society of Dekalb, Illinois, Foster Volunteer

J.D., magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2013

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota, 2009