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Chicago, IL 60603

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Labor & Employment
School Districts
JD, DePaul University College of Law
BS, Northern Illinois University
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Illinois Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

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Richard F. Bruen
Senior Counsel

Rich represents municipalities, park districts, school districts, townships, libraries & special agencies. His practice includes appeals and trial work in both federal and state courts and concentrates in labor and employment, civil rights, and school law.

Richard has been an attorney since 1997. He has practiced in the field of governmental law for 17 years. During that time, he has represented numerous local governmental entities, including cities and villages, school districts, townships, park districts, and sanitary districts. He represented these entities and their employees, officers, and elected officials in a diverse range of matters, including federal civil rights litigation.

Prior to shifting his focus to governmental law, Richard was an associate attorney at FagelHaber LLC, a large Chicago corporate law for 6 years. He represented large and mid-sized companies in the commercial litigation department of this firm. Prior to that, he worked at two smaller law firms, practicing both commercial litigation, employment discrimination law, and personal injury law.

As a law student, Richard served as an administrative hearing officer for the Illinois Department of Labor, conducting hearings under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and other laws enforced by the Department.

Richard was a member of the Berwyn Zoning Board of Appeals for 7 years. He has served on the board of directors of several not-for-profit entities, including the Berwyn Development Corporation, the City of Homes Organization, and the Berwyn Arts Council. He was a founding member of the latter two and got them 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. He is also a veteran of the United States Army.