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   3Richard T. Sikes Jr.Chicago(312) 853-8700rsikes@heylroyster.comrsikes@heylroyster.comHeyl Royster Voelker & Allen PCsikesrichardt.jpgCivil Rights/Constitutional LawInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawTransportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
Richard T. Sikes
Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC
33 N Dearborn St 7th Fl
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 853-8700 Fx.(312) 782-0040
Recommended by peers in:
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Products Liability Defense Law
Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Richard T. Sikes, Jr. is as a member of the firm’s Railroad Practice. Mr. Sikes 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.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Mr. Sikes has extensive civil trial, appellate and arbitration experience in the following areas:
Transportation law: class actions and property damage arising from large derailments; personal injury and wrongful death; Federal Employer's Liability Act; freight claims

Personal injury and wrongful death in medical and psychiatric malpractice, asbestos claims, products liability, miscellaneous other accidents

Civil Rights Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Trademark Litigation

Employment Law


Class Actions

Bar Admissions:  
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

Year of Birth:  1954

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980

Law School Honors/Involvement:  National Moot Court Team

Undergraduate School:  Marquette University, B.S., B.A., 1976

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Published Legal Writing:  
"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)

Firm Description:  
Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 100 lawyers, and offices in Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield, Illinois. The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Our attorneys also counsel clients on all aspects of business life. Through our lawyers' participation in bar and industry activities, we identify and help develop trends in the law which we believe will be of benefit to our clients.

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