Experience To Serve

Richard Cooke • Career Summary

Admitted to practice before the State Bar of Illinois, November 1992, and the General Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, December 1992. Accomplished trial attorney with highly developed skills in both the prosecution and the defense of complex negligence and tort claims including personal injury, property damage, and premises liability, actions.

Litigation experience also includes trial practice in Domestic Relations, Housing Court, and Traffic Court.

Certified as an Arbitrator by the Hon. Sidney A. Jones III for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, January 26, 1996.

Comprehensive knowledge of Illinois E.P.A. underground storage tank regulatory statutes and LUST Fund provisions. Certified as an Illinois E.P.A. Class “C” UST Operator, July 22, 2012. Frequently lectures at petroleum industry educational seminars for B.P., Citgo, Marathon, and Shell retailers regarding legal compliance requirements of Federal and State of Illinois E.P.A. regulatory statutes.

Has drafted sample facility E.P.A. compliance and operation manuals that are in use at gas stations throughout Illinois.

Trial and motion practice before bench jury and arbitration panel in Federal State and Municipal Courts. Conducted over twenty-five jury trials to verdict. Conducted over two-hundred bench trials to verdict. Settled hundreds of cases prior to verdict. Successfully argued case at the Illinois Appellate level.

Conducted over one-hundred administrative hearings at the State and Municipal level including professional license revocation hearings at the IDPR / OBRE.

Insurance subrogation law. Recovered millions of dollars on behalf of CNA Insurance Companies.

Successfully argued contested and dispositive motions including Motions for Summary Judgment and Motions to Dismiss.

Researching and Drafting of complex pleadings briefs memoranda of law and motions; Court Orders settlement agreements and S. Ct. Rule 90 (c) packages.

Prepared and implemented discovery plans including the taking of numerous discovery and evidence depositions.

Trial preparation including witness and exhibit preparation.

Presented insurance claims at inter-company and binding arbitration.

Real Estate and RESPA law including residential commercial and industrial real estate transactional matters. Conducted over one-thousand real estate closings totaling millions of dollars including a single transaction in excess of five-million dollars.

Corporate and Business law including formation stock sales transfers and other complex asset purchase transactions.

LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD C. COOKE, P.C.: General Practice, Chicago, Illinois.

Attorney Principal

May, 1997, to present

General Counsel: Chicagoland Car Wash Association

General Counsel: Cuban American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

CNA INSURANCE COMPANIES: Staff Counsel – Chicago, Illinois.

Legal Claims Division Trial Attorney

February, 1994, to May, 1997

LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL R. KUZEL: Insurance Subrogation Firm, Northbrook, Illinois.

Trial Attorney, Litigation Associate

November, 1992, to February, 1994



Juris Doctor, Awarded May, 1992



Bachelor of Arts, Awarded May, 1989

Major concentration in political science.

Dean’s List – Loyola University of Chicago

National Dean’s List

Recipient – Loyola Academic Merit Scholarship