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Daley Mohan Groble Welcomes Partner, Richard T. Sikes, Jr.

Daley Mohan Groble is pleased to announce that attorney Richard T. Sikes, Jr. has joined the firm as partner.

Rich is a highly regarded lead trial and appellate attorney with more than 30 years of experience. His area of specialty includes representation of clients engaged in the transportation industry, including railroads such as BNSF Railway Company, Illinois Central, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and METRA. His client representation has included matters involving general liability, commercial litigation and defense of civil rights claims.

Rich joins Daley Mohan Groble from Chicago-based law firm Freeborn & Peters, L.L.P, where he counseled transportation-related clients for more than 20 years and was most recently an equity partner. Prior to his tenure at Freeborn & Peters, Rich spent nine years at the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney Office as an Assistant State's Attorney. As an ASA and Deputy Supervisor in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug unit, Rich was "First Chair" lead attorney and prosecuted to verdict 49 felony jury cases, including several capital cases. He presented cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and numerous others before the Illinois Appellate Court.

Rich brings extensive civil and criminal trial, appellate and arbitration experience to his new position at Daley Mohan Groble, including transportation law, commercial and civil rights litigation and cases related to trademark infringement, personal injury and defamation. He intends to expand his trial practice at the firm.

In Transportation Law, Rich represents railroad clients facing class action and property damage claims arising from large train derailments, personal injury and wrongful death. He has tried more than 20 jury cases to verdict, and also represents shippers of hazardous materials in liability actions for injury or property damage.

Rich also utilizes his extensive experience as a prosecutor to successfully represent the City of Chicago and Chicago police officers in claims of false arrest and police abuse including a number of present and former Chicago police officers who are accused in civil suits in Chicago and in U.S. District Court or torturing criminal suspects at Area 2 police headquarters between 1973 and 1991, including former police Lt. John Burge.

Rich has extensive experience in Asbestos Litigation, and has successfully defended the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, Commonwealth Edison, United States Gypsum and other companies against numerous claims in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Rich is a 1980 graduate of Marquette University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1980. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1980 and has Bar admissions with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Illinois; the Eastern District of Michigan; Central District of Illinois; and the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Rich is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the Chicago Bar Association and the Leading Lawyers of Illinois.

Rich and his wife, Peggy, are the proud parents of four children and reside in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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