Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel
Stephen Oakley joined Compassion as General Counsel in October 2011. As GC, he is responsible for overseeing all of Compassion’s domestic and international legal affairs. Steve was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1970. A life-long native of Chicago, Steve has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in history, a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School and a Master of Ministry from the Moody Theological Seminary. Steve is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Wisconsin and North Carolina, and is pending in Colorado.
Steve practiced in commercial litigation for the first six years of his career, before transitioning into commercial transactions for the remainder of his 12 years in private practice. Upon graduating from Moody Seminary, Steve resigned as a partner from Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago to serve as Vice President and General Counsel of the Moody Bible Institute from 2009 through 2011.
Steve and his wife Stephanie met at the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago where Stephanie was on staff with the Willow Creek Association. They married in 2003 and welcomed their son, Kellan, in 2010. Steve is an avid sailor, biker and skier. Steve, Stephanie and Kellan love their new lives in Colorado and love serving the ministry of Compassion.