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Steven J. Harper is an attorney, adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, former litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and author of four books, including Crossing Hoffa — A Teamster's Story (Chicago Tribune "Best Book of the Year") and The Lawyer Bubble — A Profession in Crisis. He has been a regular contributor to BillMoyers.com, Dan Rather's News & Guts, and American Lawyer. He blogs at "The Belly of the Beast."


Steve's op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and numerous other publications. 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 at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which he joined upon graduation from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (combined BA/MA degrees in economics; Phi Beta Kappa).


Contact: You can reach Steve directly (and confidentially) at: steve@stevenjharper.com.

The Pandemic Timeline Series

Steve is the author of the ongoing "Pandemic Timeline" series at BillMoyers.com. One-by-one, it debunks Trump's persistent lies about COVID-19 and his handling of the crisis.

The Trump-Russia Timeline Project

Steve is also the creator and curator of  "The Trump-Russia Timeline," originally at BillMoyers.com and now at Dan Rather's News & Guts and at Just Security.


Trump's connections to Russia began more than 35 years ago and didn't end on Election Day 2016. Facts should be the starting point for understanding those connections, their implications, and Trump's persistent efforts to squelch serious inquiry into them. But the story is complicated.


Attempting to create order out of Trump's chaos, Steve, his daughter Emma Harper, and the producers at BillMoyers.comlaunched the Trump-Russia Timeline in February 2017 with 25 entries. It now has more than 3,000. The producers at BillMoyers.com developed the interactive vehicle that makes those facts accessible to readers. Readers can browse entries chronologically, focus on a particular date range, or use the name filter to click on one or more individuals to see where they fit in the overall narrative.


Referring to the Timeline, former assistant Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said, "That's the most enlightening thing you can possibly read. That's the best source out there on this stuff." MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell called the Timeline "the greatest tool that we journalists have to work with every day as we stare at this story."