The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association, will present Stephen J. Landes, a Litigation partner in Edwards Wildman's
Chicago office, with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
. Landes will be honored at the 14th annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award Ceremony on May 23, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Robert DeSousa, president of the Federal Bar Association. Please click here
to read the article in Chicago Lawyer magazine.
Landes will receive this award for his work on a prisoner’s rights case. The client had filed a number of “pro se” suits alleging mistreatment while being held in the Cook County Jail. Landes and his colleague, Colin O’Donovan, took over and consolidated the cases. They ultimately obtained the highest statutory award an incarcerated prisoner can receive without having to pay money back to the state. Through this action, notice was served that prisoners do not give up their right to adequate medical treatment and protection from physical punishment while incarcerated.
Landes has a broad litigation practice with cases involving antitrust compliance, commercial disputes and business acquisition issues. He is national counsel to a major industrial concern for asbestos-related litigation, defending thousands of cases around the county. Landes is well known for representing victims of international terrorism. He was the lead trial counsel in the first case brought on behalf of a U.S. citizen under the Anti-Terrorism Act against funders of international terrorism, resulting in a jury verdict of $156 million for his clients. A subsequent appeal established a major legal precedent allowing other American victims of international terrorism to obtain justice against those who provide material support to terrorist groups. Landes is consulted regularly by human rights lawyers around the world who bring these claims.
Landes earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where he is now an adjunct professor.