Richard Bruen

Senior Attorney
Richard Bruen


Office Location

200 W. Adams Street
Suite 2445
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Rich has been an attorney since 1997. Prior to joining Knight NiCastro Mackay LLC, I practiced in the field of governmental law for 17 years. During that time, I represented numerous local governmental entities, including cities and villages, school districts, townships, park districts, and sanitary districts. I represented these entities and their employees, officers, and elected officials in a diverse range of matters, including federal civil rights litigation.

Prior to shifting my focus to governmental law, I was an associate attorney at FagelHaber LLC, a large Chicago corporate law for 6 years. I represented large and mid-sized companies in the commercial litigation department of this firm. Prior to that, I worked at two smaller law firms, practicing both commercial litigation, employment discrimination law, and personal injury law.

When I was in law school, I served as an administrative hearing officer for the Illinois Department of Labor, conducting hearings under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and other laws enforced by the Department.

I was a member of the Berwyn Zoning Board of Appeals for 7 years. I served on the board of directors of several not-for-profit entities, including the Berwyn Development Corporation, the City of Homes Organization, and the Berwyn Arts Council. I was a founding member of the latter two and got them 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. I am also a veteran of the United States Army.

Practice Areas

  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Municipal Law
  • Election Campaign & Political
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Class Action Matters
  • Real Estate
  • Landlord & Tenant Law


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1997
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
    • B.S. & Journalism - 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois