Steven P. Schneck, Special Counsel
Mr. Schneck graduated from New York University School of Law in 1987, where he was Developments Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law, a Teaching Assistant in Contracts Law and received a Moot Court Advocacy Award. After law school, Mr. Schneck was a law clerk from 1987-89 for the Honorable Hubert Will, Northern District of Illinois. Thereafter, Mr. Schneck was an Associate at Hartunian, Futterman & Howard (1989-91), Aram Hartunian & Associates (1991-94) and Robert D. Allison & Associates (1994-2012). In 2013, Mr. Schneck and Robert Allison formed a partnership, Allison & Schneck, LLC, and in January 2018, Mr. Schneck joined Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., as Of Counsel. Since July 2020, Mr. Schneck has been Of Counsel to Soule Bradtke and Lambert on National Fair Housing Alliance et al. v. Deutsche Bank National Trust, et al., litigation under the Fair Housing Act challenging systemic discrimination with respect to the failure to maintain and market vacant and foreclosed homes. As part of his independent practice, Mr. Schneck also monitors employment actions and policies of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Cook County Assessor, pursuant to federal court orders. Mr. Schneck has extensive experience in employment discrimination, civil rights and False Claims Act matters. He has also represented and counseled individuals, a charter school and social service agencies and community health centers on employment issues and litigation matters.
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Schneck is a professional jazz musician, performing with prominent musicians in Chicago and leading his own group, the Steve Schneck Quartet, which has produced two CD recordings and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2016. Since 2008, Steve has been the Director of a jazz ensemble for musicians in grades 5-8 that he founded at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, a Chicago public elementary school.
Ms. Soule graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with high honors in 1988. She gained extensive trial experience as an Assistant Public Defender, first in Cook County, and then in Kane County, and in federal employment and civil rights litigation since entering private practice. In 1991, she joined Futterman and Howard, where she worked on employment discrimination and other civil rights cases, including representation of the estate of a police shooting victim. Ms. Soule has served as lead plaintiffs' counsel in several multiple plaintiff and class employment discrimination cases. Ms. Soule was appointed to serve as Outside Monitor in Jones, et al. v. Walgreens Co., 07CV0036 (N.D. Ill, Judge Castillo) (nation-wide gender class action). Ms. Soule has extensive experience handling cases under the Fair Housing Act, §504, and Americans With Disabilities Act, including representing HOPE Fair Housing Center and acting as co-counsel to AARP Foundation Litigation.
Soule, Bradtke & Lambert
Ms. Lambert graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989. She joined the firm in 1995. She previously practiced law in the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, where she served as Director of its Drug Prosecution Unit, as a Felony Trial Assistant and as Supervisor of its Juvenile Division. Ms. Lambert's litigation experience includes the successful presentation of many jury and bench trials in the criminal and civil contexts. Ms. Lambert has served as lead counsel, successfully representing hundreds of federal employees who obtained redress under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and other civil rights cases, Ms. Lambert has extensive experience concerning private and subsidized rental properties. Ms. Lambert has provided training in fair housing practices and equal employment opportunity.