Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Illinois College of Business

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2016)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2015)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2011)
  • Unites States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2011)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2003)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2001)
  • United States Supreme Court (2001)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General Bar (2000)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar (2000)
  • State of Minnesota (inactive) (1998)
  • State of Illinois (1997)

RICHARD L. MILLER II concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and class actions. He has litigated disputes involving contracts, insurance coverage, trademarks, licenses, partnership agreements, creditors’ rights, products liability, real estate, employment law, and corporate veil piercing claims, among others.

Richard has represented clients’ interests in federal proceedings in various jurisdictions. He has litigated state court actions, including handling appellate proceedings. Richard also has advocated in arbitration cases and in adversary proceedings within bankruptcy cases.

Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern College of Law where he has served as a Trial Advocacy instructor since 2005 and Advanced Trial Advocacy instructor since 2013. In 2018, he was selected to serve as an instructor for a one-week, summer, international LLM course on Trial Advocacy.

Richard has been an American Arbitration Association arbitrator since 2008. In that role, he has decided numerous cases based upon live testimony and written submissions. Richard is also an arbitrator for FINRA and he served as an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program for two years.

Prior to entering private practice, Richard served as a prosecutor for Champaign County, Illinois where he litigated approximately 50 jury trials, as well as innumerable bench trials. He prosecuted four murder cases, two of which went to trial, resulting in sentences of 45 and 55 years. Richard once tried five criminal cases back-to-back, prevailing in all five.

Richard has authored: (a) thirteen chapters that appear in Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education ("IICLE") volumes; (b) six articles that appear in the Illinois Bar Journal; and (c) two articles that appear in the CBA Record. IICLE named Richard "Author of the Year" in 2015 and he was the co-recipient of that award in 2010. In May 2018, IICLE published a book authored by Richard, entitled “Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence.” In December 2018, Richard organized, moderated, and spoke at a half-day IICLE event addressing topics from his book.

Richard has been repeatedly selected as a Leading Lawyer, Super Lawyer, and Rising Star. In 2008, Richard was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Law Bulletin described Richard as “that rare commercial litigator who is a master of advocating for his clients both in the courtroom and in writing.”

Richard is a regular speaker at the University of Illinois College of Law’s Annual Student-Alumni Conference. Richard served on his law school’s Alumni Board for three years, including serving as its President during the last of those years. Richard has also taught in his law school’s Chicago program. In 2017, Richard received his law school’s annual “Alumni Loyalty Award.”

Richard is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the University Club of Chicago. Richard resides in downtown Chicago with his wife and children.