Richard N. Kessler

P: 312.642.2210

Richard is a well versed and experienced trial attorney having tried numerous jury trials to verdict as well as more than 100 bench trials. A former prosecutor with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, Richard brings extensive trial experience to bear in a variety of complex disputes. He has prosecuted and defended shareholder and member disputes, defended consumer class action cases and extensively litigated non-compete cases in various state and federal courts throughout the United States. Richard has been consistently recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2010 as well as being rated AV, the highest rating available, from the Martindale–Hubbell rating service.

Richard, a founding member of a prior law firm, understands the effort and stamina required to run a business, whether it be public or private, and the dynamics of litigation and its human and capital impacts on a business. Richard’s experience and knowledge, along with his skill as a listener, set Richard apart from other trial attorneys who too often work their own agenda at the expense of the client. He also served as the managing member of McDonald Hopkins' Chicago office for 10 years. 

Richard has authored numerous articles and frequently lectures in the areas of employment agreements and the enforceability of covenants restricting competition, shareholders’ statutory rights and civil and criminal contempt. He was featured in the Crain's Chicago Business article, "Open to the public," regarding the expansion of the definition of business records under the Illinois Business Corporation Act.

Richard earned a J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1982. He received a B.A. from University of Illinois in 1979.