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Richard Sikes - Chicago, IL

200 W Adams StreetSuite 2445 Chicago, IL 60606

Updated: 02/05/2021

Chicago Transportation Litigation Lawyer


Richard is an experienced lead trial and appellate attorney. For over 40 years, Richard has tried cases as a prosecutor and then as a civil practitioner in the areas of transportation (primarily for railroads), toxic torts, civil rights and general commercial litigation in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Wisconsin...

About Richard Sikes

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Transportation Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Casualty Litigation


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Other Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, Private Police Forces and Public Accountability, Annual Meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies, 2016 - Present
  • Speaker, Event Recorders and Locomotive Camera Video and Audio in Litigation, Winter Meeting of National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2014 - Present
  • Faculty Member, College of Trial Advocacy for National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2013 - Present
  • Presenter, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Law Enforcement Training Seminar, 2012 - Legal Issues Related to Protests and Crowd Control
  • Speaker, Seminar for executives of Triton Security Company on Legal Issues Arising from Protests and Crowd Control, 2012 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Helping Hand Foundation, Board Member 2020

Past Positions

  • Shaheen, Lundburg and Callahan, P.C., Law Clerk/Associate Attorney, 1978 - 1981
  • Cook County State's Attorney’s Office, Assistant State's Attorney, 1981 - 1989
  • Freeborn & Peters LLP, Partner, 1989 - 2009
  • Chicago Law Firm, Owning Partner, 2009 - 2017
  • Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, Of Counsel, 2017 - 2019


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
  • Marquette University, 1976
    Bachelor Science Business Administration
    Major: Accounting


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • “OSHA V. FRA Regulations and Use of OSHA Regulations As A Basis For Negligence,” The Railroad Litigator’s Notebook, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 4th Edition, 2010

Office Information


200 W Adams StreetSuite 2445 Chicago, IL 60606

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