The Lawyer


Robert J. Steffen

Robert J. Steffen was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1992 and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1993. He was a prosecutor for the Kane County State's Attorney's Office from 1991 until March of 2000, where he tried hundred of traffic and misdemeanor cases and over forty felony bench and jury cases form mob action to murder.

He left the State's Attorney's Office in March of 2000 as a 1st Chair Felony Assistant and joined his father's law firm, Steffen, Kelly & Steffen in downtown Elgin where he concentrated his practice on Criminal Defense, including Traffic, DUI, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Drug, Misdemeanor and Felony cases and Residential Real Estate Transactions including Sales, Purchases, Refinances and Title Insurance.  He is also a registered Title Agent for Attorneys' Title Guarantee Fund, Fidelity National Title, First American Title. Baird & Warner, and Chicago Title Insurance Company.

In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a Judge for the Illinois Court of Claims where he served until November, 2015. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois in November, 2015 as a Member of the Property Tax Appeal Board where he continues to sit.


Geothe Institute, West Berlin, West Germany (1986); University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbabna (B.S., Psychology, 1989); University of Padua, Padua, Italy (1990); The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1992); Dean’s Grant Recipient; Lawyering Skills III Honors; Ambassador of the Year; Moot Court Counsel Member.


Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney 1992-2000 with over forty felony bench and jury trials and hundreds of misdemeanor and traffic trials

Judge - Illinois Court of Claims 2004-2015

Board Member - Illinois Prolperty Tax Appeal Board 2015-present

Title Agent, Attorneys' Title and Guarantee Fund 2000-present

Title Agent, Fidelity National Title 2012-present

Title Agent, Chicago Title Insurance Company 2013-present

Title Agent, Baird & Warner 2014-present

Title Agent, First American Title 2016-present

Memberships and Boards

Elgin Bar Association, Kane County Bar ASsociation, and Illinois State Bar Association - Criminal Justice and Real Estate Law sections

Committee Member - Ecker Center for Mental Health

Trustee - Florence B. & Cornelia A. Palmer Foundation


Contact Robert at: 

robert j steffen attorney at law elgin il