Steven J. Harper is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and a regular contributor to The American Lawyer -- Am Law Daily. For 30 years prior to his retirement in 2008, 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). 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).