Richard T. Kienzler advises companies based both in Chicago and nationwide on the full spectrum of employment issues and has acted as lead counsel in numerous trials in state and federal courts across the country as well as in matters resolved through arbitration.

Rick has developed deep knowledge and substantial experience representing companies involved in disputes concerning non-competition, non-solicitation and other post-employment provisions in employment agreements, as well as those involving claims of trade secret misappropriation. Clients seek his advice and experience when emergencies arise, and he regularly handles fast-paced cases involving requests for immediate injunctive relief. He has represented clients across multiple industries in such matters, including insurance brokerage companies, financial services companies, and healthcare/pharmaceutical consulting companies.

Rick’s additional litigation experience is substantial, both in scope and substance. He has represented companies and boards of directors against large-scale claims of wrongful termination and executive mismanagement; companies facing class-action claims; and companies charged with violating wage andhour and workplace discrimination statutes.

At the outset of his career, Rick gained invaluable experience with the litigation process as a chambers law clerk to Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Named, Rising Star

Business Litigation

Super Lawyers


Named, Illinois Leading Lawyers

Emerging Lawyers


Named, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin



  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008magna cum laude
  • B.B.A., University of Iowa, 2005

Foro di appartenenza



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan