Stephen C. Jarvis


Did You Know?

Stephen used to be a film editor and professional voice-over announcer.

Stephen has a truck that is older than him (but in a cool way)

Stephen’s great-great-aunt founded Mother’s Day.

Stephen’s favorite thing to eat? Tacos . . . wait, no. I mean pizza. Or was it fresh pasta? You know what? You really can’t beat a well-made sandwich. Chinese/Indian/French/Korean/German/Sushi all rank pretty high too.

Stephen can’t stand the feel of corduroy or velvet.

Stephen is a retired volunteer firefighter.

Stephen was voted as having the “best sense of humor” by his high school classmates, which really upped the pressure for his graduation commencement speech.

Stephen is an experienced commercial litigator who has defended his clients’ rights across the country in federal and state court, alternative dispute resolution forums, and appeals. He assists clients with a wide variety of complex claims, including those relating to franchise law violations, breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and intellectual property.  Stephen also advises his clients on intellectual property licensing and business formation.

Prior to joining Cheng Cohen, Stephen practiced in a small law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation, where he served as lead counsel in a wide range of matters including patent, trademark, and copyright litigation; trade secret misappropriation; breach of contract; and fraud.

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, DePaul University College of Law
    • Bachelor of Arts, Calvin College
  • Bar Admissions

    • State of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Northern Districts of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Northern Districts of Indiana
  • Associations

    • International Franchise Association
    • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
    • Chicago Bar Association
  • Awards & Recognitions

    • Illinois Super Lawyers’ Rising Star (2016-2022)