Steven M. Kowal - K&L Gates

Steven M. Kowal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 312-807-4430

Steven M. Kowal concentrates in complex criminal and civil litigation, particularly antitrust, cartel and trade regulation, enforcement proceedings initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration against pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturers, and health care, securities and business matters. He also conducts internal investigations for major corporations.

Mr. Kowal has extensive federal trial experience. He has successfully defended numerous companies and individuals in many grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions. He also has defended and successfully resolved numerous government civil enforcement proceedings relating to antitrust, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission, and he has defended qui tam whistleblower actions. Several matters have involved complex parallel criminal and civil proceedings.

Mr. Kowal also has significant appellate experience. He has been responsible for criminal and civil appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Fourth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, for state appellate courts in Illinois, Michigan and Florida, and for the Illinois Supreme Court.

Benedictine UniversityBA Northwestern University School of LawJ.D.

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Client Comments

"Mr. Kowal epitomizes the professional lawyer with his integrity, knowledge, and critical thinking abilities. Mr. Kowal should be on every short list for public or private executives seeking an A-list white-collar criminal defense attorney. For the more complex matters, Mr. Kowal stands without peer with his intellectual capabilities and his vast experience with issues ranging from antitrust to garden-variety mail-fraud -- capabilities and experience that go well-beyond table-pounding and media PR. Unlike his competitors, Mr. Kowal puts aside his own ego and provides the best advice and defense through careful planning, development, and execution of the proper strategy to achieve the best results. From writing motions to arguing in front of judges or juries, Mr. Kowal is not only the best criminal defense lawyer I have worked with, he is the best lawyer I have ever seen or experienced first-hand. I highly recommend Steven Kowal as a Best Lawyer."

"While in-house counsel at two pharmaceutical companies, we retained Steve to handle a number of serious investigations. Steve has a wonderful style that is appreciated, not only by the lawyers on the team, but also the business clients who received updates and a final report from Steve. Steve is incredibly intelligent. He also is thorough and practical in his approach. He is top-notch in his field and I highly recommend Steve for the most serious matters."

"Steven Kowal is hands-on and organized."

-David Lim
Senior Vice President R&D
Phillippine Airlines

"Steven Kowal is an excellent, excellent lawyer."

Office Location

70 West Madison Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60602-4207
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation - Antitrust