Stephen Vedova



Stephen Vedova is a partner in Foley Mansfield’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on professional liability, insurance defense, product liability, construction law, and medical malpractice. Steve has extensive experience litigating disputes in venues ranging from administrative hearings up to the Illinois Supreme Court. Stephen has handled all aspects of product liabilities claims, ranging from aerospace and architecture to trucking and mechanical claims. 

Steve is a first-generation American and the son of a doctor.  In his 20+ years of experience, he has represented a wide swath of professionals and businesses. 

Fluent in Italian, Steve represents a diverse mix of businesses and governmental entities in the U.S. and abroad. His past clients include amusement parks, aviation manufacturers, elevator companies, Italian consulting firms, the World Food Organization, food manufacturing companies, insurance companies, trucking companies, and hospitals. He also has experience handling retail, hospitality, and commercial location claims ranging from premise liability to rolling stock to personal injury claims. He was commissioned by the United Nation’s World Bank to serve as a co-drafter of proposed UCC legislation in the Republic of Belarus and served as a consultant in the Amanda Knox murder trial. This range of commercial and trial experience enables him to provide a global perspective to clients in today’s increasingly border-less marketplace.

During law school, Steve was a member of the DePaul hockey team and was on the Dean’s Honor List.


Successfully argued that a satisfaction of judgment is binding on non-settling parties in Saichek v. Lupa. Resolved statutory inconsistency in Section 143 of the Insurance Code in Lee v. John Decree. Successfully extended attorney-client privilege to include written communications by attorney to board members during executive sessions in Wilstein v. San Tropia.


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  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business & Corporate Law
  •  Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law & Litigation
  •  Employment Law & Litigation
  • Hospitality
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  •  Professional Liability Defense
  •  Transportation
  •  Workers Compensation
  • DePaul University College of Law, 1998, J.D.
  • McMaster University, 1994, H.B.A., History/Drama; University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, 1990, F.L.C.
  • ABA - Advisory Board Member
  • Chicago Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI); Gilda’s Club Chicago, Associate Board
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

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