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Stephen Komie - Candidate for ISBA 3rd Vice President

Stephen M. Komie

A Proven ISBA Leader

Stephen M. Komie

Throughout his legal career, Stephen M. Komie has been an active member and leader of the Illinois State Bar Association. As a trial lawyer, he has built relationships with attorneys and clients throughout the State of Illinois. He understands the needs and issues ALL Illinois lawyers face and is committed to being an advocate for lawyers both downstate and upstate.

Attorney Komie's career includes many notable highlights including arguing five cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. He is a proven leader of the ISBA. He has been a member of the Assembly since 1985 and the Board of Governors for 23 years, and has served as Chair and member of multiple Section Councils, Committees, and Task Forces. He authored the Attorney Bill of Rights for expungement of ARDC complaints, which was adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court, and he has made appearances on legislative issues for the ISBA at the Illinois General Assembly and United States Congress. He continues to be dedicated to providing high quality CLE for all ISBA members and protecting Illinois lawyers against the unauthorized practice of law.

ISBA Leadership and Activities

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1973 - Present
  • Elected Board of Governors, 1992 - 2005, 2011 - 2016, 2020 - Present
  • Elected Secretary, 1996 - 1997
  • Elected Treasurer, 1995 - 1996
  • Elected member of the Assembly, 1985 - Present
  • Member of the following committees:
    • Human Rights Section (Founding Member)
    • Committee on Credentials (Chairman)
    • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
    • A.R.D.C. Committee
    • Criminal Justice Section (Chairman)
    • Committee on Professionalism (Chairman)
    • Family Law Committee
    • Mental Health Committee
    • Corrections and Sentencing Committee
    • Committee on Traffic Courts and the Law
  • Task force service:
    • Chairman, Task Force on Attorneys for Children, 1997 - 1999
    • ABA Small Firm and Solo Practitioners and ISBA Judicial Compensation, Governance for the New Century, and Protection of the Public From the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Appearances on legislative issues for ISBA at the General Assembly and United States Congress
  • Former member ISBA Young Lawyers Section
  • Participant in annual local Outreach Meetings sponsored by Young Lawyers Section
  • 4-time Participant, Allerton House Conference
  • GATS Task Force, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Ambassador to the Rededication of Magna Carta (800th anniversary) for ISBA, 2015
  • ISBA Certificate of Appreciation, 1986, 1990, 1991, 2001, and 2006
  • ISBA Board of Governors Award for Advocating Individual Rights of Lawyers in Disciplinary Proceedings and for Services to the Bar, 1991
  • Delegate to Chicago Bar Association Conference on Cuban Law, 2010
  • Delegate to The Hague Convention on Child Abduction, The Hague, Netherlands, International Bar Association, 2006
  • American Trial Lawyers Association National Public Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Representation of the Needle Exchange Program to Prevent the Spread of AIDS, 1994
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, 2015
  • American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award, 2012
  • Francis W. Parker School Alumni Service Award, 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association Certificate of Appreciation, 1984 and 1987
  • Martindale Hubbell "AV Preeminent" rating
  • Voted a Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2013, 2015 - Present
  • Elite Lawyer Founding Member, 2019 - Present
  • Voted an Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2015 - 2017
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2019


  • Attorney's Bill of Rights
    • Provides for expungement of unfounded inquiry letters and charges
    • Places time limitations for charging upon the Administration of the Attorneys Registration and Disciplinary Commission
    • Adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court

Other Bar Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dupage County Bar Association, 1976 - Present
  • Justinian Society
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
    • CBA Liaison to ABA Criminal Justice Section
    • Past Chairperson of Criminal Law and Defense of Prisoners Committees
    • Member, Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Task Force
    • Delegate: Chicago Bar Association Conference on Cuban Law, 2010
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1976 - Present
    • Elected Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council
    • Served on the Defense Function Committee of the Criminal Justice Section
    • Chair of the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Committee, 1993 - 1995
  • Founding Member, Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice: Served on the Board of Directors and as the Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, NACDL CFAA Reform White Collar Crime Subcommittee, 2014
  • Member, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee
  • Member, Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
    • Chairperson Family Law Section, 2005 - 2007
    • Delegate: The Hague Convention on Child Abduction, The Hague, Netherlands, NGO: International Bar Association, 2006
  • Director, Illinois Bar Foundation and elected IBF Pillar of the Profession


  • Principal of Komie and Associates, concentrating in Federal and State Trial and Appellate practice since 1976
  • Admitted to:
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th, 6th , 7th , and 8th Circuits
    • U.S. District Court for Central, Northern, and Southern Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Eastern District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Faculty: Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminars and local Bar sponsored programs
  • Panel attorney, Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Illinois
  • Intern, Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, 1974 - 1976


  • University of Arizona, B.A., M.A.
  • DePaul College of Law, J.D., 1976
  • National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public Defenders, 1977
  • National College of DUI Defense Harvard Summer Session, 2016 and 2017


  • The Magna Carta: 800 Years of the Rule of Law, Illinois Bar Journal, June, 2015, Vol. 103., No. 6, Pg. 44
  • Allegations of Child Abuse in Custody Disputes and Visitation Battles, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Family Law, 1998, 2008, & 2012
  • ISBA Legislation Proposed to Protect Attorney/Client Relationship, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 12, 1987
  • Little RICO Bill Should Not Be Passed, The Bar News, June, 1984
  • Little RICO in Illinois, The Case Against It, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April, 1984


  • Illinois State Bar Association CLE
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Decalogue Society
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Northwest Suburban Bar
  • West Suburban Bar
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Law Societies of: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England & Wales
  • International Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DePaul University College of Law
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