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Wheaton Native Richard G. Douglass Recognized as a Young Attorney to Watch

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  • Richard G. Douglass, 2013 Illinois "40 under Forty" young attorneys to watch.

    Richard G. Douglass, 2013 Illinois "40 under Forty" young attorneys to watch.
    David Joel

Nancy H. Dove

Richard G. Douglass, 39, a partner at Novack and Macey LLP, has been selected as one of the 40 most talented young attorneys in Illinois. The "40 under Forty" honorees are selected each year by the Chicago Law Bulletin's publishers and featured in a special supplement to the Chicago Law Bulletin newspaper and Chicago Lawyer magazine.

Rich is a commercial litigation and trial attorney, representing a variety of clients in disputes in state and federal courts in Illinois and throughout the nation. Rich's practice is devoted to commercial litigation, with a focus on energy and real estate disputes.

Rich's nominators praised him as "firm but respectful" when disagreements arose, personally invested in representing his clients, and "adept" in developing creative legal arguments and innovative solutions. A client in the energy industry said Rich is "a rare practitioner" who provides "insightful counsel grounded in a thorough understanding of a complicated business."

Rich is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Sections of Litigation and serves as co-chair of the Energy Litigation Committee's membership subcommittee. He is also a member of the Energy Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association committees on Energy, Telecommunications and Water and Commercial Litigation and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute for Energy Law. Rich also serves as a Brief Judge for the ABA Law Student National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Rich grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Magna cum Laude, in 1998. He earned his J.D. in 2002 from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served as articles editor of the University of Georgia Law Review and graduated with Magna cum Laude and Order of the Coif honors. Rich joined Novack and Macey, a Chicago-based litigation firm, in 2004 and was elevated to partner in 2012.

Rich now resides in Highland Park with his wife and daughter. Rich can be reached at (312) 419-6900 or