• Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


University of Notre Dame (A.B., with honors, 1955)

The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1958)


Richard W. Burke’s practice embraces a broad range of business concerns. He offers counsel on the formation and general legal issues of business organizations; the purchase and sale of companies; public, private, and governmental financing; business succession plans; employee benefits and compensation; real estate acquisition, development and divestiture; representation of public entities; the representation of and regulatory concerns of financial institutions; and formal and informal business reorganizations. He also offers extensive experience in both civil and white-collar criminal cases at the state and federal levels.


  • Formation, purchase and sale of numerous bank holding companies;
  • Representation of an employee benefit plan established pursuant to collective bargaining agreement involving a large public entity;
  • Sale of manufacturer and seller of sports protection gear with domestic and foreign subsidiaries;
  • Sale of numerous companies in the waste disposal industry;
  • Representation of a public entity in the major reconstructions of a stadium, negotiation of lease with major league football team as Tenant; procural of legislative change authorizing the transaction and bond issuance, acted as counsel on bond issuance; and successful defense of transaction, including argument in Illinois Supreme Court;
  • Merger of national mortgage banking firm with international steel company;
  • Sale of a major fastener manufacturer by a private charity;
  • Principal trustee of a multi-million dollar private charity with investment and grant making responsibilities. 

Honors & Awards

  • AV (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbard for many consecutive years


Shedd Aquarium, Trustee

Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School

Catholic Charities, Past President; Director

Board of Advisors of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, former Vice-Chairman

Chicago Bar Association, member

Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Practice, Corporate and Real Estate Sections, member



330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
T: 312.840.7000
F: 312.840.7900