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After 40 years of litigation practice, Steven Gilford is focusing on serving as a mediator and arbitrator.

Steve has broad experience in trial and appellate litigation, domestic and international arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. His work has encompassed a broad range of industries and subject areas, including major contract and commercial disputes, consumer class actions, securities cases, technology outsourcing, defamation, trademarks, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. Steve also has served as national and regional counsel for defense and coordination of major personal injury matters.

In addition to his wide-ranging litigation experience, Steve is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. He has represented clients in all segments of the insurance industry, including policyholders, insurers, reinsurers, captives and brokers. His experience includes virtually every area of insurance coverage, including CGL, D&O, cyber, E&O, product recall, employment practices, first party property and business interruption.

Steve is certified as an arbitrator and mediator by ARIAS U.S. and the Chancery and Law Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and as a mediator by Northwestern University and the Center for Conflict Resolution. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution.

Steve teaches insurance as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University Law School and is the author of a leading publication on insurance for cyber risks, “Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches and Unauthorized Privacy Disclosures”, ch. 16 in Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age.

Steve opened Proskauer’s Chicago office and served as its first managing partner. Prior to joining Proskauer, he was a partner in the litigation and insurance practice at Mayer Brown.

According to Chambers USA, clients and peers recognize Steve as “the person to go to when you have a large conceptual problem to get around.” Chambers has also described him as having a “remarkable ability to focus on the points that really matter [and his] ability to talk to both sides in a clear and down-to-earth manner.”

Steve holds a Master’s Degree from Duke’s Public Policy Institute and has a special interest in disputes involving social service agencies and educational institutions.  He has served as an officer and director of various not-for-profits, on the Illinois State Board of Education from 2009-2017 (Vice-Chair 2014-2017) and on the Evanston Township High School School Board from 1993-2005 (President 1996-1998 and 2004).