Richard T. Sikes, Jr.

Richard T. Sikes, Jr.

Richard T. Sikes, Jr. is an experienced, lead trial and appellate attorney who focuses on the representation of railroads and other players in the transportation industry, defense of civil rights claims, general liability and commercial litigation.

Mr. Sikes began his career as an Assistant State's Attorney (ASA) in Cook County, IL where he served the people of Illinois for nearly nine years. As an ASA, Mr. Sikes was a "first chair" lead trial attorney and prosecuted to verdict 49 felony jury cases, including several capital cases. He completed briefs and presented oral argument in four cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and many more in the Illinois Appellate Court. When he retired, he was a Deputy Supervisor in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Unit.

Mr. Sikes continued his career at the Chicago firm of Freeborn & Peters LLP where, over a period of 20 years, he worked his way up from a contract associate to an owning partner of the firm. At Freeborn & Peters, Mr. Sikes developed a varied civil trial practice, became the lead trial attorney for some of the firm's most important clients, and tried more cases in state and federal courts than any other attorney in the firm. He participated in the training of the firm's attorneys and served on the Professional Review and equity partner Compensation Committees.

Mr. Sikes voluntarily resigned from Freeborn & Peters to join Daley Mohan Groble, a better platform to continue and expand his trial practice.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980 (Member, National Moot Court Team)
  • Marquette University, BSBA, 1976


  • Illinois, 1980


  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member, Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Pro Hac Vice in Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Pennsylvania


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Leading Lawyers of Illinois


  • "OSHA V. FRA Regulations and Use of OSHA Regulations As A Basis For Negligence," Third Railroad Litigator's Notebook, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2002 (publication pending in Fourth Railroad Litigator's Notebook)


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Rich has tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases to verdict;

He recently lead a team that secured a defense summary judgment in a class action civil rights claim arising from a First Amendment protest; and

He loves to golf, bike-ride and read.

55 West Monroe • Suite 1600 • Chicago, IL 60603 • P: 312.422.9999 • F: 312.422.5370