President of APITLA


Stephen M. Libman is Co-Founder of the Law Offices of Burnes and Libman a 32-year-old Chicago based firm, which has gained national prominence and local acclaim for jury verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements. Steve specializes in transportation litigation, handling catastrophic personal injury cases around the country.

libmanawardSteve Libman is the principal founder of the Center for Trucking Safety, a forum where advocates collaborate the improve motor carrier and transportation safety through litigation and legislation. He is recognized for arguing new and innovative theories of liability primarily against brokers and shippers to gain multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients and has gained the national spotlight recently in two cases by successfully winning a $15.6 million wrongful death settlement in a federal court case against multiple parties including a motor carrier, transportation broker and shipper and in a second case, securing a $12.89 million wrongful death settlement in an oversized truck load case against multiple parties.

In 2017 Steve was appointed President of the Interstate Plaintiffs Trucking Lawyers Association (APITLA), an association dedicated to educating lawyers on trucking issues and improving highway safety. He is a two-time recipient of their Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in The Arena Award” for attaining an exceptionally high level of professional achievement in the promotion of interstate trucking highway safety. He is recognized by the Nation Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, he is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also a Life Time Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America. Several times Steve’s cases have been published and recognized in national publications and Chicago Lawyers Magazines “Top 100 settlements and Verdicts in Illinois”. He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

He has also earned industry recognition as an author and lecturer on vehicle dynamics, trial strategies, broker/ shipper liability and transportation litigation. Several of his high-profile cases have attracted national and local media attention.