Seven BCKS Attorneys Named to Leading and Emerging Lawyers Lists

April 2021

Barker, Castro, Kuban & Steinback is proud to announce seven attorneys have been recognized on the 2021 Leading and Emerging Lawyers lists published by the Leading Lawyers Network.

The following partners have been selected as Leading Lawyers, an honor that represents less than five percent of all lawyers licensed in Illinois:

In addition to these accomplishments, partner Stephanie Urbanek and associate Patrick Viktora were included among the two percent of Illinois attorneys recognized as Emerging Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Stephanie Urbanek: Medical Malpractice Defense Law and Personal Injury Defense Law: General
  • Patrick Viktora: Medical Malpractice Defense Law and Products Liability Defense Law

Leading Lawyers are chosen by peers using a four-phase selection process known for identifying the top five percent of attorneys in each state in their practice areas. Attorneys cannot lobby for this honor themselves and only those who exhibit extraordinary leadership and dedication to their practice are selected after extensive consideration of peer feedback.

Emerging Lawyers follows the same process but is specific to attorneys who are age 40 or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years. Less than two percent of all attorneys in each state receive this distinction. More information on both lists can be found at