Stephen Fedo is Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s General Counsel. His practice involves trial and appellate advocacy in many areas of business law, and he has represented domestic and international corporations in disputes arising from commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, trademark licensing, franchising, and corporate group control and liability. He also litigates federal and state tax controversies and has substantial experience in contested trusts and estates. He has counseled and litigated on behalf of both public and private entities in the area of governmental affairs, including the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, and serves as special counsel to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Board of Admissions to the Bar and Committee on Character and Fitness.
Since 1993, Stephen has served as an instructor in the Intensive Trial Practice Program at the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a frequent lecturer on bar admissions and on accommodation of disabled persons in connection with bar examinations.
Court Admissions — U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
U.S. Tax Court
Experience — Represented executor/trustee in long-running estate controversies involving decedent’s family and family business; 5 separate appeals involving: breaches of fiduciary duty by former executor and his counsel; sale of interest in major sports franchise; attorneys’ fees
Represented trustee of multi-billion-dollar family trusts in negotiations with beneficiaries regarding business and trust restructuring
Defended trustees in several cases involving attempts by beneficiaries’ estranged spouses to include trust assets in marital estate
Represented international charity in numerous cases to protect gifts under wills and trusts