Richard Cooke is an accomplished trial attorney with extensive litigation experience in both the prosecution and defense of complex negligence and tort actions including personal injury, property damage, and premises liability actions. As an attorney for twenty-three years, Richard has extensive trial practice in the Federal, State, and Municipal Courts; and has tried over 250 cases to judgment. In 1996, he was Certified as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. His law practice is concentrated in the representation of petroleum distributors and retailers operating throughout the State of Illinois. He also serves as General Counsel for several business trade associations and Chambers of Commerce.
Richard frequently lectures at petroleum industry educational seminars for Mobil, BP, Phillips, Citgo, Marathon, and Shell retailers; regarding the legal compliance requirements of Federal and State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) regulatory statutes. He has drafted sample facility E.P.A. compliance and operation manuals that are in use at hundreds of Illinois fuel stations. In addition to his law practice he is the owner of multiple gas stations and car washes and has comprehensive knowledge of Illinois E.P.A. underground storage tank regulatory statutes and LUST Fund provisions. He was Certified as an Illinois E.P.A. Class “C” Underground Storage Tank (UST) Operator, July 22, 2012.
Richard was born, raised, and educated in the City of Chicago. He is a resident of the 32nd Ward and a graduate of Gordon Technical High School; Loyola University Chicago; and Loyola University School of Law.
As the son of a Chicago cab driver, and rooted in a very humble upbringing, Richard developed a deep concern for society’s underprivileged. He is especially dedicated to Chicago’s Hispanic community located in the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. Committed to Legal Pro Bono, in 2008, Richard opened a self-funded, free legal aid clinic to assist needy families and individuals to obtain access to justice in the Cook County Courts. He has received many community service awards and is an active community volunteer and title sponsor of numerous charitable events.
Since 1997, Richard has been active in many of the Democratic Ward Organizations that comprise the 6th Judicial Subcircuit.
Richard has been evaluated by the Chicago Bar Association and the Alliance of Bar Associations and found “Qualified” or “Recommended” for the office of Judge.