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Phone: (312) 641-7144
Fax: (312) 641-5137

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Tobin M. Richter

Mr. Richter is a litigator concentrating in the areas of commercial disputes, torts, real estate, construction law, and appellate practice, as well as historic preservation, land use, and zoning. He has detailed and extensive experience in his specified practice areas and has worked with numerous major clients.

Mr. Richter is trained as a mediator by the the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Richter is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell.


Representative Matters

Successfully defended the Public Building Commission of Chicago against any liability in an administrative review claim by a general contractor seeking six million dollars.

Represented the Public Building Commission of Chicago in construction and lien litigation.

Represented private plaintiffs in civil litigation including:

  • commercial property foreclosures
  • a suit to bar airing of a national television talk show until a mistreated guest was given editorial control
  • suits to redress property damage caused by adjacent construction
  • legal malpractice

Suits to redress property damage caused by adjacent construction.

Represented defendants in a defamation case involving Internet postings.

Defended the owner of a downtown office building against improper foreclosure.

Represented a health care provider in ERISA claims against insurers and CHAMPUS for payment of mental health care.

Defended tort suits involving claims of negligence and premises liability arising out of railroad, automobile and workplace accidents.

Conducted numerous commercial real estate sales and purchases.

Professional Activities
  • Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Court-Annexed Arbitration Program
  • Past President of the Board of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now “ Landmarks Illinois”)
  • Past Adjunct Instructor, Land Use Law at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • Past Chancellor, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
  • Member of the Society of American Military Engineers; Past Chicago Chapter board member
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), active in developing the proposed lien substitution bond amendment to the Illinois Mechanic’s Lien Act with the CBA Real Estate Committee
  • American Bar Association – Served as head of the judges’ panel for the National Championship Round of the 2013-14 American Bar Association Student Arbitration Competition
  • Author of articles on historic preservation and real estate law
Speaking Engagements
  • September 2009
    Taught "Public Construction Payment Disputes", CLE Course.
Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
University of Virginia School of Architecture, B.C.P.

Reported Decisions
  • Norfolk & W. Ry. Co. v. Liepelt, 444 U.S. 490 (1980).
  • Venture Associates Corp. v. Zenith Data Sys. Corp., 987 F.2d 429 (7th Cir. 1993)
  • Van Abbema v. Fornell, 807 F.2d 633 (7th Cir. 1986)
  • Citicorp Sav. of Illinois v. Ascher, 196 Ill. App. 3d 570 (1990)
  • Speedy Gonzalez Landscaping, Inc. v. O.C.A. Const., Inc., 385 Ill. App. 3d 699 (2008)
  • DT Boring, Inc v. Chicago Pub. Bldg. Comm'n, 2013 WL 5835703 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 28, 2013)
  • Camelot Care Centers, Inc. v. Planters Lifesavers Co., 836 F. Supp. 545 (N.D. Ill. 1993)
  • People ex rel. City of Canton v. Crouch, 79 Ill. 2d 356 (1980) (Amicus Brief)
  • Sw. Illinois Dev. Auth. v. Nat'l City Envtl., L.L.C., 199 Ill. 2d 225 (2002) (Amicus Brief)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell