STEPHEN J. CHACKO
Corporate/Business Law, General/Civil Law, Insurance Claims, Probate
In 2010, Stephen Chacko pursued a passion to help raise awareness and funds to fight the pervasive problem of human trafficking in India – the birthplace of his parents.
Embarking on a short trip, Stephen observed first-hand, the prevalence of corruption within the crowded streets of Bombay, India. Aligning his passion with a local non-profit organization, Stephen helped facilitate educational and vocational opportunities to rehabilitate the women and children who were once entrapped by the sex trade. The goal was to help them return to normal society.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” he said. “You see people suffering who really need your help and you can’t help but think, am I too late? I learned that it’s never too late.” Stephen said the experience helped him grow, and has carried over into his law practice. “Remembering that experience, being a lawyer provides me the opportunity to make a difference, to give people a voice.”
A native of Chicago, Stephen earned an undergraduate degree from St. Xavier University. From there, he came to Detroit to attend Wayne State University where he earned a dual degree in Law and a Masters in Business. He figured obtaining a masters in business, along with a law degree, would give him an edge when it came to representing clients.
“I wanted to make sure I can give my clients the advantage they deserve when representing them,” he said. While attending school, he also got hands-on experience in business, working full-time as an accounts payable manager in the accounting/finance division of a global Tier II automotive supplier.
“Having a decade of practical business experience, I’ve dealt with both business and legal-minded professionals. I understand business, and being forward-minded, I value growth and what it takes to get there. I’m passionate, extremely detailed, and very resourceful in regards to protecting our clients’ rights. We fight ‘round the clock for our clients and what they’re entitled to.”
He said he learned discipline at a young age. Remembering his father’s words while growing up, he was determined to learn and it only came through persistence and preparation. “My Dad always told us, ‘If you’re going to do something, do it right.’” “I always try to apply this principle to every task I take on to ensure that, no matter what it takes, I’m doing it right.”
“Preparing for cases for court is the same. You have to have the desire and discipline to prepare.”
Stephen is married and lives happily in a suburb of Detroit.
St. Xavier University, B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing
Wayne State University Law School, J.D. and M.B.A.