AUTHOR BIO & BLOG

Steven J. Harper is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and a regular contributor to Bill Moyers & Company and The American Lawyer. He also served as contributing editor of the ABA’s Litigation quarterly. In high demand as a public speaker, his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and numerous other publications. Regularly, he fields calls from the Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Thomson Reuters, NPR, PBS, Business Insider, and other media. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America.

For 30 years prior to his retirement, he was a litigator in a large international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which he joined upon graduation from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (combined B.A/​M.A. degrees with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America.

His fourth book is THE LAWYER BUBBLE -- A Profession in Crisis, (Basic Books/​Perseus Book Group, April 2013; paperback release in March 2016). His other books include Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story (a Chicago Tribune "Best Book of the Year"), Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold, (Northwestern University Press) and a novel, The Partnership. His award-winning blog, The Belly of the Beast, was selected by the editors of the ABA Law Blawg as one of the best blogs of 2010 (out of more than 3,000 in its directory).