Steven L. Boldt

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Steve Boldt is a partner at Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP,   concentrating his practice in the defense of general and commercial aviation matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. Drawing on his extensive experience in a wide array of complex matters and legal issues, Steve has successfully represented numerous pilots, mechanics, airlines, charter operators, maintenance facilities, aircraft owners, airports, fixed-based operators, as well as airframe, engine, and component part manufacturers in personal injury, wrongful death, and regulatory matters.

An accomplished litigator, Steve regularly defends the product liability portfolios of several major manufacturers and their insurers located around the world. He works closely with clients to understand the technical aspects of their products while keeping in mind the bigger picture surrounding their industries, providing practical solutions and zealous representation at all stages of litigation through trial and appeal.

Steve graduated in the top 5 of his class at the Northern Illinois University College of Law and was recognized in many ways for his numerous academic achievements, including being named as the Editor-in-Chief of the NIU Law Review, elected as an Associate Justice of the NIU Moot Court Society, and inducted into the NIU Moot Court Hall of Fame in 2010. On top of his demanding scholastic schedule, Steve also clerked for a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, interned at the Office of the State Appellate Defender, clerked in the Felony Trial Division of the Cook County State's Attorney, and clerked at a well-respected plaintiffs' personal injury firm in the Chicago suburbs. His unique experience on both sides of the table, including behind the scenes on the bench, helped Steve develop the unique, well-rounded litigation approach he applies to his practice today.

Steve is a former Director of the Korean American Bar Association, Committee Chair for the Appellate Lawyers Association, and Chair of the Aviation Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Currently, Steve serves as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee's Investigative Division for the Chicago Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at aviation law seminars and contributor to scholarly publications, including the Chicago Bar Association, the ABA Mass Torts Litigation Group, and the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.



  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
    Editor-in-Chief, Northern Illinois University Law Review
    Outstanding Contribution to Scholarly Publications
    Associate Justice, Moot Court Society
  • Illinois State University, B.S., History, Secondary Education, summa cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Speeches,Publications And Presentations

  • Speaker, The Component Parts Defense - Overview and Strategies in Products Liability Cases, presented to the Chicago Bar Association, Oct. 2, 2019
  • The Death of the Stream of Commerce in Aviation Litigation, ABA Mass Torts Litigation Practice Points, Oct. 24, 2018, available at
  • Speaker, New Practical Considerations When Seeking and Opposing Personal Jurisdiction in Products Liability Cases: Tips for Both Sides, presented to the Chicago Bar Association, Sept. 5, 2018.
  • Speaker, Real-World Effects of Personal Jurisdiction Decision on Filing and Defending Aviation Cases, presented to the ABA, National Institute on Aviation Litigation, June 14, 2018.
  • Speaker, The Latest on Federal Preemption of Aviation Cases, presented to the Chicago Bar Association, Sept. 6, 2017.
  • Recent Developments in Aviation and Space Law, 51 Tort Trial and Ins. Prac. L.J. 307 (Winter 2016)
  • Speaker, Overview of Notable Aviation Decisions 2015, presented to the Chicago Bar Association, Dec. 2,2015.
  • Speaker, Litigation Fundamentals in Modern Times, presented to the American Bar Association, Tort Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, Aviation Litigation Conference, Oct. 22-23, 2015.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT, REPORT: U.S. Supreme Court Set to Weigh-In On Aviation and Transportation Security Act Immunity, AMM Client Alerts (Dec.2,2013) available at


  • For Better or Morse: The Seventh Circuit's Recent Switch to Pickering and the Implications Morse v. Frederick May Have on Teacher Speech, Bar Briefs, Kane County Bar Association, Sept. 2009.
  • Note, TOY STORY: Being Right for the Wrong Reasons in the Search for a Greater Freedom, 1 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. Online 1 (2009), available at