Stephen M. Libman is Co-Founder of the Law Offices of Burnes Libman, which has gained national prominence and local acclaim for jury verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements. Steve specializes in transportation litigation, specifically in handling catastrophic truck crash cases around the country.
Steve is the principal founder of the Center for Trucking Safety, a forum where advocates collaborate to improve motor carrier and transportation safety through litigation and legislation. He is recognized for arguing new and innovative theories of liability primarily against brokers and shippers to gain multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients. Most recently, Libman has gained the national spotlight in three cases. In the first, he successfully obtained a $15.6 million wrongful death settlement in a federal court case against multiple parties, including a motor carrier, a transportation broker and a shipper. In the second, he secured a $12.89 million wrongful death settlement in an oversized truck load case against multiple parties. Most recently, Libman gained an $18 milllion dollar wrongful death recovery in a state court case against two motor carriers and a shipper.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association
Recognized as a Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association
Founder of the Center for Trucking Safety
President President of the Interstate Plaintiffs Trucking Lawyers Association (APITLA)
2x Recipient of APITLA Teddy Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena Award"
Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America
Multiple cases published in the Chicago Lawyer Magazine “Top 100 Settlements and Verdicts in Illinois
Member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member of the Chicago Bar Association
In 2017, Steve was appointed President of the Interstate Plaintiffs Trucking Lawyers Association (APITLA), an association dedicated to educating lawyers on trucking issues and improving highway safety. He is a two-time recipient of the Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in The Arena Award” for attaining an exceptionally high level of professional achievement in the promotion of interstate trucking highway safety. Libman is additionally recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is a Lifetime Member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also a Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America. Libman’s cases have been published and recognized in national publications such as the Chicago Lawyers Magazines “Top 100 settlements and Verdicts in Illinois” several times. He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.
Libman has furthermore earned industry recognition as an author and lecturer on vehicle dynamics, trial strategies, broker/ shipper liability, and transportation litigation. Several of his high-profile cases have attracted national and local media attention.