Attorneys and Counselors
BANNER FORD KLAUS LLP
Richard P. Klaus
Rich Klaus has over thirty years of trial experience. As a trial attorney and a trial judge, he has participated in taking over 200 jury trials to verdict. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts. He has also tried cases before the Illinois Court of Claims and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Rich has successfully argued numerous appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Rich has litigated cases in a number of areas, including employment, constitutional and civil rights, contract and commercial, real estate and construction, casualty and personal injury, and legal and medical malpractice.
In ten years as a judge of the Illinois Sixth Judicial Circuit, Rich presided over almost every type of case. He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Illinois Judicial Conference and the Juvenile Justice Committee. On that committee, he collaborated in writing and editing the reference books used by state judges in juvenile cases.
Rich is a native of central Illinois, and graduated with honors from both the University of Illinois College of Commerce and the College of Law.