Stephanie draws on her extensive experience in government relations and strong ties to the Illinois political community to help clients meet their business goals. Clients turn to her for advice and representation in lawmaking and regulatory processes, knowing that the continuing success of their businesses can often hinge on such issues.
A registered lobbyist with an outstanding legislative success record, Stephanie has built strong relationships on both sides of the aisle with policy makers at state, county and local levels – as well as with staff of all four legislative caucuses — in Illinois. As an enthusiastic and hardworking team player, she is dedicated to helping her clients develop effective strategic plans and build productive coalitions.
Whether fostering client communication with policy and decision makers or helping clients work to implement legislative and regulatory change, Stephanie maintains a clear focus on the overriding objectives of client growth and success.
Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Stephanie served as general counsel and vice president of government relations at the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, where she oversaw the day-to-day administration of the government relations department, including all legislative and regulatory activities.
As director of government relations at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Stephanie promoted the legislative agenda of the ITLA and served as an advocate to the Illinois General Assembly, Office of the Governor and other relevant agencies.
She began her work in Illinois politics as an assistant counsel to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. While on his staff, she negotiated, drafted and analyzed legislative initiatives in the Local Government, State Government, Veteran’s Affairs, and Financial Institutions Committees.
Michael Best Strategies LLC is affiliated with and owned in part by the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Your retention of Michael Best Strategies LLC does not constitute or otherwise create an attorney-client relationship with the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Additionally, Michael Best Strategies LLC cannot and will not provide any legal services. If during the course of your representation by Michael Best Strategies LLC it becomes apparent that your interests will be furthered by the provision of legal services, you may at your discretion choose to enter into an attorney-client relationship with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. However, your retention of Michael Best Strategies LLC does not require you to use Michael Best & Friedrich LLP for any such legal services.