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Richard H. Chapman

Of Counsel
fax +1 312.985.5968

Richard Chapman represents financial institutions, professional service providers, and manufacturers in business and employment litigation in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts and administrative proceedings.

Clients consult Richard for assistance with contested disputes involving employment matters from hiring through termination, fraud and business torts, unfair competition, trademarks and trade secrets, deceptive practices, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, trust and estate-related improprieties, and regulatory matters.

He assists clients in fashioning appropriate responses to grand jury, Department of Justice, and congressional committee investigation subpoenas to assure that his clients are both protected and able to assist in such investigations, as necessary. Similarly, Richard spearheads internal investigations for clients involving internal fraud concerns, employee conduct, financial controls, as well as interfacing on clients’ behalf with law enforcement, financial institutions, and insurers.

Richard applies his litigation and regulatory experience to evaluate and strengthen clients’ internal controls including those involving business documentation, employment practices, interactive workplace employment compliance training, ethics, data security and privacy, and document retention.

Richard is also a member of Chapman Associates LLC presenting live, leader-led interactive “Workplace Training that Clicks & Sticks®” including workforce management, harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, racism, and leadership programs to employees, managers, and c-suite leaders of closely-held and public corporations and professional service firms (


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1982, Student Articles Editor and Member, Loyola University Law Journal (1981-82)
B.A., with high distinction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, 1979, History


Named a Leading Lawyer in Chicago by Leading Lawyers℠ (2004 – 2022, 2024)

Named Illinois Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters (2023-2024)


Lookingglass Theatre Company, (Board President, 2018-current)

Chicago Bar Association, (Member, Board of Managers, 1994-1996)

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois Trial Bar