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Richard Joseph Schroeder

Richard Joseph Schroeder

About me

My passion for litigation began while in law school where I was selected as the senior member on the National Invitational Trial Advocacy Team and earned the Warren D. Wolfson Award for Best Trial Advocate of the entire law school. After obtaining my law degree with honors in 2003, I served as a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and rapidly ascended the ranks becoming one of the youngest prosecutors ever to earn the title of 'Special Prosecutor'. While there, I successfully tried over 50 complex bench and jury trials to verdict on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois. In 2007, I joined the law firm of Paul B. Episcope, LLC where I utilized those trial skills in pursuit of justice for injured individuals and their families in the civil arena. In 2011, my partners and I founded the Chicago-based personal injury law firm of Tarpey, Jones & Schroeder, LLC. To date, I  successfully have tried several criminal and civil jury trials to verdict, have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of my clients, have argued in both the First and Second District Appellate Courts of Illinois and have been selected as a Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in Illinois for my accomplishments. My extensive trial experience has provided me with the necessary tools to represent my clients with excellent results.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    4 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 40%
    4 years



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey Thomas Petersen

    Rick is an aggressive, exceptionally bright personal injury and medical malpractice attorney who fights hard for each and every one of his clients. I have seen him in action in court and know how well received he is by judges and juries alike.


    Jeffrey Petersen Litigation Attorney
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  • Michael D. Cheronis

    Rick is a hard-working aggressive attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. He gets great results and is never afraid to take a case to trial.


    Michael Cheronis Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

77 West Washington, Suite 300
Chicago, IL, 60602-3324


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Justice Warren D. Wolfson AwardChicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTarpey, Jones & Schroeder, LLC2011 - Present
AssociatePaul B. Episcope, LLC2007 - 2011
Prosecuting AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Club of the Drake HotelMember2010 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Center for Disability and Elderly LawYoung Professionals Board Member2009 - Present
Cambridge Who's Who in AmericaMember2009 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hollister v. Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare, P.C., et. al.$1.5 million verdict for Plaintiff
Pohancek v. C.R. England, Inc.$7.5 million dollar settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Intensive Trial Advocacy CourseTrial Advocacy2010
Intensive Trial Advocacy CourseTrial Advocacy2009
Intensive Trial Advocacy CourseTrial Advocacy2008
Intensive Trial Advocacy CourseTrial Advocacy2007