Stephen H. Weil

Stephen H. Weil joined Loevy & Loevy in 2019. He is an attorney with the firm’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, which focuses on protecting the rights of men and women imprisoned in jails, prisons, and other detention facilities throughout the country.  

Before joining Loevy & Loevy, Steve operated a two-person law partnership, Weil & Chardon LLC, which focused primarily on prisoner rights litigation.  Prior to that, Steve practiced law in the Washington D.C. office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and in Chicago at Eimer Stahl LLP, a litigation boutique specializing in class actions and high-stakes commercial disputes.  While he was at Eimer Stahl, Steve also served as a litigation fellow with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law, where he focused on criminal justice reform litigation.

Steve has an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  After law school, Steve served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Steve lives in Chicago with his family. He is fluent in Spanish.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • District of Columbia, 2008 (inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2018

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
• J.D. – 2006

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
• A.B. – 1999

 

Clerkships & Past Employment

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 
  • Attorney, Eimer Stahl LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Attorney, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, DC

• T.S. et al. v. Twentieth Century Fox Television et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)Litigation counsel for a putative class of juvenile pretrial detainees at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (“JTDC”).  In the summer of 2015, more than three hundred youth at the JTDC were placed on lockdown so that the facility could be used to as a film set to shoot scenes for a popular television drama.  The Plaintiffs seek actual damages as well as disgorgement of profits attributable to the filming. The case is pending.

• Anthony Gay v. State of Illinois et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois).  Litigation counsel for a mentally ill man who decompensated over the course of twenty years in solitary confinement, causing him to engage in horrific acts of self-mutilation.  The case is pending.

• Andrews v. Sangamon County et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois).  Litigation counsel for the estate of a young mentally ill woman who strangled herself after months of solitary confinement while she was detained on a minor charge.  The case is pending.

• Woodley v. Baldwin et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Litigation counsel for legally blind prisoner who had been denied basic visual aids based on a circular prison policy which stipulated that the aids could not be acquired until they had been approved by security, but security could not approve the aids until they had been acquired.  Obtained a preliminary and then permanent injunction forcing the state to provide all visual aids. The damage portion of the case is pending.