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   3Richard E. StitesBloomington(309) 828-5281rstites@resjd.comrstites@resjd.comLivingstonBargerwww.lbbs.netwww.lbbs.netdonotpublishm.jpgCommercial LitigationMedical Malpractice Defense LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawADR Law: Personal InjuryInsurance LawDefense Law: AutomotiveBusiness Litigation
Richard E.
115 W Jefferson St Ste 400
Bloomington IL 61701-3967
Ph.(309) 828-5281 Fx.(309) 827-3432
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Insurance Law
Medical Malpractice Defense Law    Defense Law: Automotive
Personal Injury Defense Law: General     Business Litigation
Products Liability Defense Law
ADR Law: Personal Injury
Advisory Board Member
County:  McLean
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Richard, who was born on June 7, 1954, in Marshall, Michigan, joined LivingstonBarger in 1979 when he graduated from law school. He became a partner at the firm in 1985.

Concentrating his practice in the area of complex civil litigation, Richard has maintained a particular emphasis in the area of medical and hospital liability-related matters. He also maintains a significant involvement in the area of business-related litigation and pharmaceutical defense litigation.

Richard has successfully handled hundreds of cases for his clients over the years, at trial, upon appeal and in pretrial resolution. Richard also practices as a mediator in and around central and northern Illinois and is frequently sought after as a neutral for a variety of civil litigation cases. His understanding of the litigation process is an invaluable aid to the resolution of frequently complex litigation.

Richard authored the “Jury instructions and Special Interrogatories” chapter for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education from 1991 through 2003 and is a charter member of Leading Lawyers (Illinois) and on its Advisory Board. He is rated AV (now 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell and, in 2008, was elected to Fellowship in the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America. Richard has been a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers since 1992. Richard has been listed in Super Lawyer since 2012.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1982
United States Supreme Court, 1984

Year of Birth:  1954

Law School:  Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington, J.D., 1979

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; administrative editor, board of editors, Indiana Law Journal, 1977-1979

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi

Representative Clients:  
American International Group
American States Insurance Company
American Universal Insurance Group
BroMenn Healthcare
The Budd Company
Cincinnati Insurance Company
Colonial Insurance Company
Constitution States Insurance Company
Employers Insurance of Wausau
The Eureka Company
Federated Insurance
Glaxo Wellcome Company
Hamilton Resources Co.
Illinois Provider Trust
Illinois State Medical Insurance Services, Inc.
Interstate Insurance Cos.
Kemper Insurance
Laidlaw Transit, Inc.
Lederle Laboratories, div. of American Home Products
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Ohio Casualty Company
Ohio Hospital Insurance Company
Pantagraph Printing & Stationery Company
ProNational Insurance Company
St. Paul Insurance Company
Sentry Cos.
State Farm Insurance Cos.
Travelers Insurance Companies/Aetna
Underwriters Adjustment Company
Union Oil Company of California
USF & G Company
Windsor Group

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
McLean County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Central District of Illinois Federal Court Local Rules Committee, 1984-1985
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
International Association of Defense Counsel
The Society of Trial Lawyers
The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois

Published Legal Writing:  
"Catastrophic Injury and Structured Verdicts - Confronting the Healing Art Malpractice Act," IDC Quarterly, Volume: 2. Issue: 2. 1992. Pages: 1-10.

"The Moment of Inadvertence Concept in Strict Products Liability; The Seed of Destruction for the Assumption of the Risk Defense?" Indiana Law Journal. Volume: 53. Issue: 3. 1978. Pages: 531 - 547.

"Instructions and Special Interrogatories." IICLE Illinois Civil Practice. Volume: 3. Issue: 11. 2003. Pages: 1-38.

Firm Description:  
The law firm of LivingstonBarger has served central Illinois for more than 60 years. Although we are a general practice firm, we have primarily focused our expertise over the years in serving the interests of business and insurance clients. We represent clients throughout central Illinois from our offices which are strategically located at the crossroads of several major highways. As a result, the counties we serve are easily accessible and our centralization allows for cost-effective representation. Members of our firm practice at all trial and appellate levels in the state and federal court systems.

The strength of any organization is in its people. With capable and dedicated lawyers and a strong, skilled paralegal and secretarial staff, we are able to work closely with every client and to furnish expert and timely legal services at a reasonable cost. Our offices are modern and feature technologically advanced legal support equipment. We are proud of our excellent library and of our up-to-the-minute electronic research and drafting capabilities.

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