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


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


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

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • 6/26/16: At the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA), I presented on “Private Police Forces and Public Accountability” covering state and federal law governing duties, responsibilities and accountability for campus police forces.
  • 3/9-12/14: At the Winter Meeting of National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, I presented as speaker on “Event Recorders and Locomotive Camera Video and Audio in Litigation,” covering preservation, chain of custody and technical issues involving these devices.
  • 6/4-8/13: At 2013 College of Trial Advocacy for National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, participated as faculty member training trial attorneys in large and small group sessions working on pre-trial motions, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, closing arguments using a sample case.
  • 4/20/12: Speaker at DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Law Enforcement Training Seminar, April 20, 2012 in Wheaton, Illinois, presenting an actual case review on Legal Issues Related to Protests and Crowd Control, in preparation for 2012 NATO Summit to be held in Chicago.
  • 5/3/12: Speaker at Seminar for executives of Triton Security Company on Legal Issues Arising from Protests and Crowd Control, in anticipation of 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, Illinois.

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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