Steven M. DeVougas, Associate


Steven DeVougas focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, product liability, and toxic tort. His litigation strategies have resulted in favorable settlements, obtaining judgment, and winning decisions at the state and federal court level.

Steven served as second chair for the medical malpractice trial Parker v. Ward, M.D. (Milwaukee County, defense verdict). He also briefed the motion to dismiss, resulting in the dismissal of 100 plaintiffs from the lawsuit with claims of increased risk of contracting cancer, which was affirmed by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, he was with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. Before earning his law degree, he worked in the financial services industry with Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (M&I Bank), now BMO Harris Bank.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2007)
    • Black Law Students Association (Treasurer)
    • Marquette University Legal Clinic – House of Peace (Volunteer); Income Tax Assistance Clinic (Volunteer)
    • Pro Bono Society (Member)
    • Research Assistant – Professor John Kircher (Product Liability and Punitive Damages)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 2004)
    • National Association of Black Accountants (Member)
    • Black Undergraduate Law Association (Member)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (Member)
  • Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers' (President-Elect, 2014–2015)
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2013–Present)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Steering Committee, 2010-Present)
  • Milwaukee Justice Center (Coordinator, 2009-Present)
  • YMCA Youth Leadership Academy (Member, Advisory Committee, March 2009-Present)
  • Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers' (President, 2011–2012)
  • Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers' (President-Elect, 2010–2011)
  • Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers' (Board of Directors, 2009–2010)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin’s Liaison ( Board of Governors, 2009–2010)
  • ACTS Community Development Corporation (Secretary, Board of Directors, 2008-2011)
  • Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin (Board Member)
  • INROADS, Inc., Alumni
  • YMCA Sponsor-A-Scholar: Mentor, Panelist, Keynote Speaker

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions 2015–2016 (PI – Products: Defense)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2015)
  • Appointed to City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, Commissioner (2013)
  • Named to Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List (2013)
  • Named Wisconsin Law Journal “Up and Coming Lawyer” (2011)