Steven Coby Derringer (HU, ’90) is a Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, where he has a national trial practice representing companies in high-stakes litigation. His work focuses on product liability, mass torts, intellectual property and general commercial disputes. Each of these substantive areas benefits from Steve’s ability to explain and communicate complex scientific or technical information to jurors, judges and arbitrators. His clients include Allergan, Bayer, DuPont, Dun & Bradstreet, Hewlett-Packard and Stryker. Steve joined Bartlit Beck following a clerkship with the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” and as a Client Service All-Star, an award conferred upon a small group of lawyers nationwide who drive superior client relationships. Steve serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches high-tech trial techniques.
A Hebrew University alumnus, Steve’s commitment to The Hebrew University, Israel and the Jewish community runs deep. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in the Rothberg International School’s one-year program and remains a frequent visitor to Israel and the university. He serves on the Jewish United Fund’s Partnership Together Committee, where he helps build relationships between the Chicago Jewish community and Kiryat Gat, its sister community in Israel. Steve serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Goldman Union Camp in Zionsville, Indiana. He is also a Trustee of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.
Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with highest distinction and received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal and chair of the Jewish Law Students Association.
He is married to fellow Rothberg International School alum Ariel Derringer. The couple has two children, Rafi and Micah.
I. Steven Edelson (HU, ’77) is a leading member of the U.S. financial and real estate industries . Since the mid-1980s, he has been Chairman of The Mercantile Companies. The firm’s investment activities include private equity, direct investment in public companies, mezzanine investments, buyouts, project finance, and workouts and restructuring.
A successful entrepreneur, Steven co-founded International Facilities Group (IFG), a leading entertainment and sports facilities development and management company. In 2005, he co-founded and became Vice Chairman of Service Acquisition Company, which acquired Jamba Juice, Inc., and became a public company. Currently, Steven is focusing on investment and development in the areas of energy, infrastructure, water and agriculture. Earlier in his career, Steven served as Executive Vice President of Tishman Midwest Management Corporation, a real estate development, leasing and management company. He was responsible for the privatization of facility management for the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, as well as the International Terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Steven is also the Managing Member of the Lake Erie Crushers, a professional, independent minor league baseball team in the Frontier Baseball League.
A dedicated Jewish communal and civic leader with many philanthropic interests, Steven, a Hebrew University alumnus, is a Governor of the university’s International Board of Governors and a Trustee of the university’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Helping to advance AFHU’s mission on behalf of HU, Steven is a member of the organization’s National and Midwest Region boards. He has served on the Business Council for the Woodrow Wilson Center and is a Board Member of Lawson Products, Inc. where he sits on the Compensation and Financial Strategies Committees. In recognition of his professional achievements and commitment to preserving his heritage, Steven received the2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
A Chicago native, Steven and his wife Carol have five children.