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I practice in the field of civil litigation.  My areas of concentration and expertise include  product liability, personal injury, employment discrimination, vechicular collision, premises liability, construction liability, workers' compensation, and  insurance coverage issues.  I represent clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in the trial court and the appellate courts of  Illinois and some other states.  I am admitted to practice in all Illinois courts, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois-Trial Bar.                    


Over the years, I have been pleased to serve the Court system in Illinois whenever possible. I was selected by,  then Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice, Thomas Moran to serve on a Blue Ribbon Commission charged with filling a judicial vacancy in the 17th judicial circuit . I served on the  committee which put in place the  Illinois Supreme Court annexed  pilot project  on mandatory arbitration.


I was born in Hinsdale, Illinois and received a B.A. in History  with a concentration in Political Science at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1970.  I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1970, and served on active duty from 1970 to 1974, including a tour in Southeast Asia (1971-1972), and left active duty as a captain. In August of 1978 I began my career with the firm. My wife, Marcy, and I have two adult children: Nikolaus and Courtney.


I  am rated (AV) by Martindale-Hubble a service which rates lawyers based on peer reviews and reputation for legal ability and ethical conduct.  AV is Martindale- Hubble's highest rating. I have also been designated a "Leading Lawyer"  by the Leading Lawyer's network , another organization that rates lawyers based on peer reviews. I  also serve on the governing board of the Leading Lawyer's Network.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    38 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    38 years
  3. Workers Compensation: 10%
    38 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. Richard Van Evera is one of the finest attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. His skill level and expertise in the field of personal injury is second to none. I would highly recommend this lawyer.


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Contact info

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera

6833 Stalter Dr Ste 100
Rockford, IL, 61108-2582

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera

6833 Stalter Dr.
Rockford, IL, 61108



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197805/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Distinguished Citizen of the YearBelvidere Chamber of Commerce2013
Recognition for Distinguished Citizen AwardState of illinois General Assembly2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Leading LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Leading LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2009
Leading LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2008
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2007
Appointed to the Tax Increment Financing Advisory BoardCity of Belvidere2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera1978 - Present
Weapons ControllerU.S. Air Force1970 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Belvidere Historical MuseumBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Growth Dimensions- Economic Development for Belvidere and Boone CountyPresident2006 - Present
Alpine BankBoard of Directors2004 - Present
Boone County Bar Association, Criminal Law CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Leading Lawyers NetworkBoard of Governors1996 - Present
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselMember1980 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember1980 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Belvidere CUSD 100School Board President2006 - 2012
Winnebago County Bar Association Trial Sectionchairman1991 - 1991
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1980 - 2007
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
E.D. v pickupsettlement in excess of $3.8m.
B.B. v settled for a nominal amount which was less than the cost of a trial even assuming a verdict for the Defendant.
L.C. v tractor and trailersettlement in excess of $1.2m.
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Coe CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
USF&G CLAIMS SEMINARchanges in product liability lawN/A
trial academyClosing ArgumentN/A