Stephen Maassen
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Steve Maassen is Of Counsel to the firm Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney with 40 years of experience in the courtroom, on appeals before both state and federal courts, and with alternative dispute resolution experience. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and practices before all levels of Appellate Courts in Illinois and Missouri, and the Federal Third, Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Maassen is an AV rated attorney, who was licensed in Indiana in 1977; Illinois in 1978; and Missouri in 1999. While in law school, he served on the law review and clerked for John R. Kouris, now Executive Director of Defense Research Institute. Upon graduation, he worked for the Illinois States Attorneys Appellate Service Commission in 1978 and 1979, briefing and arguing appeals for the states attorneys of 37 Illinois counties in the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. In 1980 and 1981, he served as a law clerk – first for Justice Dorothy W. Spomer from Cairo, Illinois, the first woman to serve on the Fifth District Appellate Court; then for Justice George W. Kasserman of Newton, Illinois.

In 1981, Mr. Maassen joined the firm known then as Hoagland, Maucker, Bernard & Almeter in Alton, Illinois. He became a partner of Hoagland, Fitzgerald, Smith & Pranaitis in approximately 1991, and became Of Counsel for Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion effective January 1, 2017. He has resided in Madison County for the past 35 years. For the past 15 years, Mr. Maassen’s practice has focused primarily on asbestos litigation defense, where he has represented approximately 90 defendants; and on government litigation, where he has represented Madison County, Illinois in civil litigation as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He has been invited to join and has been an active Fellow of the International Association of Defense Council, as well as the American Bar Foundation.

As an appellate lawyer, Mr. Maassen has briefed and argued more than 100 cases before the Courts of Appeal of the Fourth and Fifth Districts in Illinois; the Illinois Supreme Court; the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago; the Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware; and the Third District Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The following cases have been cited as legal precedent more than 25 times since their publication:

Sollami v. Eaton and Jumpking (2002), 201 Ill.2d 1, 772 N.E.2d 215, 265 Ill.Dec. 177. The seminal Illinois case on trampoline liability and duty to warn. Reconciled a conflict between the Fifth District (Sollami v. Eaton and Jumpking (5th Dist. 2001), 319 Ill.App.3d 612, 747 N.E.2d 375, 254 Ill.Dec. 335) and Fourth District (Ford, ex rel. Ford v. Nairn and Jumpking (4th Dist. 1999), 307 Ill.App.3d 296, 717 N.E.2d 525, 240 Ill.Dec. 432) A.C.

Shell Oil Company v. AC&S, Inc. (5th Dist. 1995), 271 Ill.App.3d 898, 649 N.E.2d 946, 208 Ill.Dec. 586. Established right of contractor to a defense as an additional named insured and duty of insurer to seek declaratory judgment or defend contractor under a reservation of rights.

Herrington v. J.S. Alberici Construction Company (5th Dist. 1994), 266 Ill.App.3d 489, 639 N.E.2d 907, 203 Ill.Dec. 348. Established contractual waiver of workers compensation defenses in a contribution action against an injured worker’s employer. Followed by the Illinois Supreme Court in Braye v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (1997), 175 Ill.2d 201, 676 N.E.2d 1295, 222 Ill.Dec. 91, and Liccardi v. Stolt Terminals (1997), 178 Ill.2d 540, 687 N.E.2d 968, 227 Ill.Dec. 486.Camillo v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (5th Dist. 1991), 221 Ill.App.3d 614, 582 N.E.2d 729, 164 Ill.Dec. 166. Addressed promissory estoppel in the context of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Mueller v. Hellrung Construction Company (5th Dist. 1982), 107 Ill.App.3d 337, 437 N.E.2d 789, 63 Ill.Dec. 140. Established no cause of action in Illinois for loss of parental consortium.

Practice Areas:
Government Liability
Insurance Coverage
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Toxic Torts

Valparaiso University, J.D., 1977
Valparaiso, IN

Central College, B.A., 1973
Pella, IA

Illinois Bar
Indiana Bar
Missouri Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the:
   Southern District of Illinois
   Central District of Illinois
   Eastern District of Missouri
   Northern District of Indiana
   Southern District of Indiana

International Association of Defense Council
Indiana Bar Association
Defense Research Institute American Bar Association
Madison County Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Foundation