Richard L. Verkler concentrates his practice on counseling privately held business entities across a broad range of industries and activities, at all stages of the development spectrum, and in all aspects of their operations. He draws on insights and perspectives gained from his substantial experience to help his clients achieve their goals and objectives.

Dick serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients, overseeing all aspects of their legal work by using a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team approach to coordinate legal services from the various practice areas of the firm. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for a number of clients.

  • Experience

    Dick counsels clients on:

    • Board management and oversight
    • Corporate governance matters
    • The negotiation and documentation of complex transactions
    • Product regulatory and other compliance matters 
    • Litigation avoidance and dispute resolution
    • Intellectual property protection
    • Business ethics and internal controls
    • Business succession planning
    • Executive employment contracts and compensation
    • Tax planning
    • Contested tax matters
  • Credentials


    • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1962
      Order of the Coif
      Wisconsin Law Review, Knapp Scholar, Articles Editor
    • University of Illinois, B.S., 1959
      Illinois State Scholar

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Tax Court

      Professional Memberships

      • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Section of Business Law, Committee on Banking Law
      • Chicago Bar Association
      • Illinois State Bar Association
      • Lawyers Club of Chicago
    • Insights

      Other Publications

      Dick has co-authored publications and made presentations on the sale, merger and acquisition of closely-held businesses, corporate and tax compliance matters, partnership matters and succession planning for professional practices.

      Speeches & Presentations

      Dick has lectured widely to business and professional persons on a variety of topics.

    • Awards & Honors

      • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell (Since 1982)