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Steve Veltman is an experienced trial attorney practicing in distinct areas of professional liability with a focus on the defense of mental health practitioners. Steve has defended institutions in cases of alleged childhood sexual abuse. Steve applies his understanding of psychological diagnoses to all cases in which mental health damages are an issue. In addition to his work in medical malpractice, Steve has successfully tried cases involving construction liability, premises liability, product liability, transportation and maritime law in both state and federal courts.

Steve values strong communication with his clients and his responsiveness to them sets him apart from other attorneys. Steve believes that it is only through understanding his clients’ practice and the desired outcome that a successful strategic plan can be set in place early in the litigation process. Steve combines strong advocacy with the highest degree of professionalism.

Steve was a member of the trial team that successfully obtained a verdict on behalf of the Republic of France in the 1978 Amoco-Cadiz oil spill litigation. Steve is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has served as past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Section Counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime section, and past President and Director of the Propeller Club of the United States-Port of Chicago.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 1979
  • Loyola University of Chicago, B.A. 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar

Related Practices

Professional Experience


  • Chapter Five, Illinois Trial Practice and Procedure, Third-Party Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education (1987).



Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Premises Owner

Stephen Veltman and Kelly Kono recently obtained summary judgment in a matter involving a slip and fall accident on a wet substance in the lobby of an office building during inclement winter weather that the plaintiff claimed resulted in a substantial ankle injury which required two surgeries. Steve and Kelly argued that the plaintiff could ...

July 2019