Richard W. Mortell, Jr.


Mr. Mortell maintains a varied practice, including family law, litigation of injury cases, construction and commercial disputes.


For over 34 years, Mr. Mortell has developed extensive experience in civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and risk analysis/litigation management.


He defended injury litigation, including auto, premises liabilities, construction and structural work act cases for Aetna Life & Casualty, AAA/Chicago Motor Club, and Fireman's Fund. As such, he litigated in excess of one hundred fifty bench and jury trials, arbitrations and mediations. His accurate risk analysis and practical litigation strategy resulted in the successful resolution of numerous contested civil actions. Mr. Mortell as Senior Trial Counsel with Rusin, Patton, Maciorowski & Friedman also defended catastrophic injury suits for the transportation industry.


Mr. Mortell acted as Surety Counsel for Fireman's Fund Surety Company where in handling construction disputes, he advised Senior Management on strategy and exposure, while directing workout/negotiations, recovery litigation, and defense of Bad Faith/Extra Contractual claims. In that capacity, he retained and managed engineering, architectural,accounting and legal firms. His expeditious, accurate and decisive approach led to the resolution of numerous complicated matters.


Mr. Mortell is a 1976 graduate of Spring Hill College (B.A. History) and received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1981. He is a member of the North Suburban Bar Association and Glenview Chamber of Commerce.