John A. (Jay) Stefani is a trial lawyer concentrating on helping individuals and families affected by trucking collisions, car crashes, and wrongful death. He has represented people in these situations his entire legal career.
Honors and Awards
Jay was selected as a Leading Lawyer for Illinois in 2020, having been selected in 2018 and 2019 as well. Leading Lawyers are recommended by their peers and then selected by a multi-phase process; less than 5 percent of all licensed lawyers in Illinois receive this distinction. Jay had previously been chosen as an Emerging Lawyer for Illinois in 2017; fewer than 2 percent of qualified lawyers in the state are selected. Jay has also been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers for 2020, after being recognized as a Rising Star for 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Roughly 5 percent of Illinois lawyers are selected as Super Lawyers, while 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 are selected as Rising Stars.
Leadership and Memberships
In 2020, Jay was elected Chair-Elect for the American Association for Justice’s Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section, serving a one-year term for 2020-21. He previously held the positions of Parliamentarian, Treasurer/Membership Liaison, Secretary, and Vice Chair. He is also a member of the AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group; Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section; Ride Share Litigation Group; and the Nursing Home Litigation Group. He works with the Trucking Litigation Group’s Side Underride Guard Task Force (2015-present), advocating for improved trucking safety in cities across the country, most notably here in Chicago.
A DePaul graduate, Jay continues to be a part of the university through Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK), acting as a mentor within the DePaul University and College of Law communities, and teaching and speaking in the law school’s Preparing to Practice (P2P) program. He currently sits on the DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board and serves as its 2nd Vice President.
Other memberships include the Chicago Bar Association (Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee, Vice Chair); the Illinois State Bar Association; and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
A proud “Double Demon,” Jay graduated DePaul University in 1997 and received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2004. While in law school, Jay was actively involved with the DePaul Chapter of the ACLU and the Public Interest Law Association. He received the CALI Award for his Senior Seminar paper, which he later presented at the 2004 DePaul University CIPLIT Symposium, “Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age.” The paper was subsequently published as Finding Waldo: Face Recognition Software and Concerns Regarding Anonymity and Public Political Speech, in Privacy and Technologies of Identity: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation (Katherine Strandburg & Daniela Stan Raicu eds., Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.) (2006).
Jay can be reached via email at Jay@LevinsonStefani.com.