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StevenBlock

PartnerSteven.Block@ThompsonHine.com
Chicago

O 312.998.4242

StevenBlock

Partner

Focus Areas

In private practice

  • Independent investigation for public agency regarding agency’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.
  • Internal investigation for publicly traded company regarding alleged False Claims Act violations.
  • Internal investigation for audit committee of major reinsurance company regarding alleged accounting irregularities.
  • Corporate executive in connection with Department of Justice criminal investigation into bid rigging and price fixing allegations.
  • Executives of broker-dealer under investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC for insider trading.
  • Employees of large government contractor in connection with investigation of company for False Claims Act violations.
  • Various individuals in connection with U.S. Attorney’s Office public corruption investigations.
  • Scientist charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.
  • Business owner charged with manufacturing counterfeit goods.
  • Financial advisor in connection with U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC fraud investigation.
  • Professor under investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for False Claims Act violations.
  • Former executive of major financial institution in civil litigation before federal banking agency.
  • Publicly traded company in federal trade secret trial against former employee and Chinese competitor.
  • Publicly traded company in federal breach of contract trial.
  • Publicly traded grocery store chain in arbitration alleging breach of non-compete agreement by former chief executive.
  • National retailer in federal lawsuit suit against manufacturer alleging anticompetitive practices in pricing of goods.
  • Pet food company in lawsuit to recover damages resulting from international price-fixing conspiracy.
  • Italian luxury clothing manufacturer and Canadian distributor in fraud and civil conspiracy suit brought by U.S. distributor.
  • Successfully argued case of first impression before Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono client regarding imposition of extended term prison sentence.

For the government

  • Led the investigation and prosecution of former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for illegally structuring financial transactions and obstructing justice.
  • Investigated, prosecuted and tried a former police officer and 18 others in a racketeering, kidnapping, money laundering and narcotics conspiracy case.
  • Led the bribery investigation and prosecution of executive at city contractor involved in privatization of city’s parking meter program.
  • Investigated and prosecuted village clerk for wire fraud scheme involving theft of public funds and tax evasion.
  • Secured convictions of seven defendants paying or accepting bribes to steer public works contracts for over a decade.
  • Secured the conviction of city official for embezzling public funds and tax fraud.
  • Investigated and prosecuted owner of Chicago Public Schools’ largest school bus contractor for tax evasion scheme.
  • Led prosecution of eight defendants convicted of bank fraud, perjury and other charges arising from massive identity theft scheme.
  • Supervised prosecution of first trial in Cook County involving charges brought under state racketeering law.

Print

Media

  • Guest, NewsNation, Dan Abrams Live, “Lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claims migrants are victims of fraud,” September 2022
  • CBS News Chicago, “Have More Federal Charges for Carjacking Crimes Help to Cut the Numbers Down?,” July, 2022
  • CBS News Chicago, “More Than A Dozen People From Chicago Area Have Been Arrested In Connection With Capitol Insurrection, But Only One Has Been Sentenced to Jail Time,” January 2022
  • CBS News Chicago, “Pharmacist Arrested for Selling COVID Vaccination Cards Online,” August 2021
  • Guest, “Gaetz-gate,” Yahoo! News Skullduggery podcast, hosted by Michael Isikoff, March 2021
  • CBS News Chicago, “Illinois Investigators Looking Into Blank COVID-19 Vaccine Cards Being Sold Online,” March 2021
  • CBS News Chicago, “Prosecutors Charge Three With Threatening Women in R.Kelly Sex Abuse Case,” August 2020
  • WBEZ News, “How Your Private Illinois Tollway Data Is Shared With Cops And Divorce Lawyers,” September 2019
  • CBS News Chicago, “R. Kelly Charges: Singer Faces Two Federal Indictments: Child Porn, Enticement, And Obstruction Charges In Chicago; Sex Trafficking Case In New York,” July 2019
  • CBS News Chicago, “Michael Avenatti Arrested on Federal Charges of Wire Fraud and Extortion,” March 2019
  • CBS News Chicago, “Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Indictment.” March 2019
  • CBS News Chicago, “Illinois Supreme Court Denies Bid to Resentence Van Dyke,” March 2019
  • CBS News, “”Roger Stone Case Set For Trial,” March 2019
  • CBS News, “Why Was Flynn’s Sentencing Delayed?,” January 2019
  • “Investigation & Prosecution of Trade-Based Money Laundering via Cryptocurrency,” Attorney General Alliance, March 2021
  • “Federal Criminal Trade Secret Law and Managing Risks of IP Theft,” Thompson Hine White Collar Crime – Recent Developments and Emerging Risks Webinar, March 2021
  • “Economic Crimes Evidence,” National District Attorneys Association, March 2019
  • “Discovery Issues for Prosecutors,” National District Attorneys Association, March 2019
  • “Following the Money,” National District Attorneys Association, April 2018
  • “Discovery Obligations,” National District Attorneys Association, April 2018
  • “Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes,” Illinois State’s Attorneys Best Practices Committee, 2017
  • “Advanced Forensic Accounting for Prosecutors and Investigators,” U.S. Department of Justice, Sarajevo, Bosnia, 2017
  • “Investigating and Prosecuting Corruption Crimes,” U.S. Department of Justice, Sarajevo, Bosnia, 2016
  • “Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law,” Crain’s Chicago Business, 2021
  • “Notable Rising Stars in Law,” Crain’s Chicago Business, 2021
  • Commissioner, Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Special Recognition Award
  • Chicago Bar Foundation, Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship Public Service Award

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1999,

    Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, staff editor

  • Northwestern University, B.S., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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