Paul S. Steinhofer is an experienced civil and criminal first chair litigator who has tried numerous cases to verdict. His clients represent a broad spectrum of insurance companies and corporations for whom he has provided defense litigation representation in cases involving catastrophic loss, product liability, toxic tort litigation and construction litigation. One of his major clients is Siemens.

Some of Paul’s notable litigation successes have involved cases defending clients against claims of asbestos and benzene exposure. As a key member of the McKenna toxic tort practice, Paul conducts depositions throughout the United States in addition to participating in trials throughout Illinois and Indiana in both state and federal courts.

When he is away from the office and the courtroom, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children. Paul’s commitment to his family includes coaching his children’s sports teams and volunteering along with his wife in their church.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Lake County Indiana Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee for the CLM


Asbestos Defense of Contractors -- Toxic Tort Litigation

Local insulation contractors performing insulation work at a variety of commercial and industrial jobsites in major metropolitan areas in the Midwest. Successful defense leads to voluntary dismissal without payment of more than 90% of all cases against McKenna clients.

Defense of premises owner -- Toxic Tort Litigation, Transportation & Trucking

Representation of premises owner in personal injury litigation alleging injury as a result of exposure to asbestos.

Product Liability (Asbestos) -- Toxic Tort Litigation

Representation of various entities in services based and product liability related asbestos litigation pending throughout Illinois in both state and federal courts, including pumps, valve, boiler, and HVAC related equipment, as well as insulation contractors.

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