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Stephen Pratt advises businesses and individuals on a wide range of business and commercial transactions. His broad experience includes helping clients navigate estate planning, probate, trust administration, and real estate matters, along with corporate-related issues such as entity formation and succession planning.

Committed to providing sound counsel and insights to his clients, Stephen ensures his clients are informed throughout the legal process. Having worked with multi-generational farm operations and the agricultural industry, Stephen also understands the importance of excellent customer service and maintaining a business's reputation. In addition, Stephen has a passion for assisting his clients with special needs planning.

Before joining Hinshaw, Stephen practiced at a firm in Morris, Illinois. While there, he counseled clients on estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianships, Medicaid, special needs, real estate, entity formation, succession planning, and other business matters.

During law school, Stephen interned with the Office of Executive Inspector General in Chicago. He was also a legal extern at the Office of the U.S. Trustee, Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.

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

Personal

Stephen and his wife love traveling and going on adventures with their son and canine companions. They are true dog lovers and foster dogs for Tails Humane Society in Dekalb, Illinois. Stephen is an avid Chicago sports fan and also supports London's Chelsea Football Club. In his free time, Stephen also enjoys playing and collecting hobby board games.

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