Steven H. Gistenson


Steve Gistenson is a Percentage Member of the law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC. He is resident in Dykema’s Chicago office. Steve has specialized for over 30 years in complex litigation matters. He represents individual sole proprietors, private business organizations and public companies. These clients represent a broad spectrum in business, from start-up organizations to well-established businesses with several billions of dollars in revenues.

The focus of Steve’s practice is representing clients in a variety of potential and existing commercial and business disputes. Among the variety of matters Steve has litigated are disputes involving issues concerning: restrictive covenants; labor and employment; employee benefits and executive compensation; tortious interference; real estate acquisition, development and leasing; land use; construction; eminent domain; lending; consumer rights; bankruptcy; antitrust; environmental compliance; insurance coverage; estates and trusts; intellectual property; shareholder, partner and member disputes; data privacy and security; business mergers and acquisitions; licensing; franchising; and taxation. Steve has litigated matters before juries and judges at the trial level and before appellate courts, both in state and federal courts across the country. He has also represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings across the country.

Steve has developed long-term relationships with his clients, and those relationships have evolved beyond working together when there is litigation or the threat of litigation. Many of Steve’s clients call on him on a regular basis to seek his counsel on a wide variety of issues impacting their businesses. Engaging with clients on problem-solving and business development has become a very satisfying part of Steve’s practice.

At Dykema, Steve is the Member responsible for lateral hiring of Members and Senior Counsel at all of the Firm’s offices. He is also Co-Chairman of Dykema’s Retention Subcommittee of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Steve is admitted to practice law before: courts in the State of Illinois; the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and, on a case-specific basis, many other state and federal courts across the country.

Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the John Marshall Law School, where he was selected as an associate justice of The John Marshall Law School Moot Court Executive Board and received awards in legal writing and advocacy in various independent moot court competitions. While in law school, Steve also prosecuted felony cases for the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office as part of a program under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711.

Steve and his wife Susie live in Deerfield, Illinois, close to their children and grandchildren.