Steven J. Harper

Author, The Lawyer Bubble - A Profession in Crisis

Steven J. Harper is the author of four books, including, most recently, THE LAWYER BUBBLE – A Profession in Crisis. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and retired in 2008 as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, where he worked for 30 years. Since 2010, he has been a contributing editor to The American Lawyer, which has published more than 200 of his columns. His articles about the evolving legal profession have appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, Litigation, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and Business Insider. He served as a contributing editor to the ABA Litigation quarterly and as adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and Weinberg College of Arts & Science.

In addition to THE LAWYER BUBBLE, Harper’s books include CROSSING HOFFA – A Teamster’s Story, a Chicago Tribune “Best Book of the Year” that depicts his father’s two-year tangle with Jimmy Hoffa from 1959 to 1961; Straddling Worlds – The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold, and The Partnership – A Novel. His legal blog, “The Belly of the Beast” was named an ABA “Best Blog of the Year.” He graduated with honors from Northwestern University (combined B.A./M.A. in economics with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa) in 1976 and Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) in 1979. He and his wife live in Wilmette, Illinois. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.