Richard T. Sikes, Jr. is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who represents railroads and other transportation industry clients, defends state actors against civil rights claims, and serves as lead counsel in other civil and commercial litigation. He has represented railroads in serious liability claims such as multimillion dollar property damage cases, railroad and grade-crossing fatalities, and injury claims brought by railroad employees under FELA.

He has participated in other large-loss incidents, such as cost-recovery actions for damages caused by derailments and maritime collisions. In addition, Mr. Sikes has broad experience that includes defending municipalities and police officers against civil rights claims, defense of asbestos and other product liability or premises claims, and commercial litigation. Over the course of his career, Mr. Sikes has drafted briefs and presented oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court in four cases and in the Illinois appellate courts in more than two dozen cases. He began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) in Cook County, Illinois, where he prosecuted 49 felony jury cases to verdict, including several capital cases.

Practice Areas

  • Transportation Law
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Defamation
  • Class Actions

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • 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

Location

Chicago Office
200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2445
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Education

  • Marquette University, B.S., B.A., 1976
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980
    • National Moot Court Team

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “Event Recorders and Locomotive Camera Video in Litigation. Or, the Case of Unlucky Locomotive 928,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) Winter Meeting 2014
  • “How to Handle the Midnight Call and The Building Blocks of an Effective Defense,” Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Federal Employers’ Liability Act,” DRI Annual Meeting 2012
  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims,” Presentation to Erie Insurance, East Peoria, IL 2005
  • “Automobile Policy: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” PLRB, San Antonio, TX 2005
  • “Application Misrepresentation in Property and Casualty Policies,” PLRB, San Antonio, TX 2005
  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims,” Heyl Royster 2005
  • “Hazards Ahead: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” Heyl Royster 2004
  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims,” Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Chicago, IL 2004
  • “Automobile Policy: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” PLRB, Chicago, IL 2004

Publications and Quotes

  • “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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