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Stephen Yokich

Dowd, Bloch, Bennett, Cervone, Auerbach & Yokich LLP


Stephen A. Yokich graduated from Northwestern University in 1978 and cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. He clerked for the Honorable George Clifton Edwards, the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1981 to 1982. Stephen served as the General Counsel for Labor for the Education and Labor Committee of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1994 and as Associate General Counsel for the International Union, UAW in the UAW’s Washington D.C. office from 1995 to 1998.  He was a part-time Associate General Counsel for the UAW from 2001 to 2016.

Stephen practiced at the union-side labor law firm of Cornfield and Feldman from 1982 to 1992 and from 1998 to 2015.  He has practiced at the union-side labor law firm of Dowd, Bloch, Bennett, Cervone, Auerbach & Yokich since 2015.

Stephen represents private and public sector labor unions in cases before state and federal labor relations boards and in state and federal trial and appellate courts. This representation encompasses representation petitions, unfair labor practice charges, the enforcement of union contracts and the defense of cases involving allegations of discrimination, breach of the duty of fair representation and state law torts. He represents unions and their members in cases involving occupational safety and health, including cases with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration and State plan occupational safety and health agencies . He also represents individuals and classes of individuals in suits under the civil rights acts, in suits involving the wage and hour laws and in suits involving retiree health and pension benefits.

Stephen is admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois and to the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana. He is also admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and to the United State Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits.