Richard M. Tomich


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Office Location

211 Fulton St.
Suite 602
Peoria, IL 61602

Richard is an experienced attorney who focuses his legal practice in areas of civil defense litigation. He has successfully represented numerous regional and national clients for railroad/FELA, trucking, construction, toxic tort, first-party insurance, third-party insurance, commercial litigation, premises liability, products liability, and various other types of lawsuits in many state and federal courts. In addition to being involved in nonprofits and local community causes, Richard is an active committee member of several legal organizations including the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, DRI and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He has published works and has been designated as an "Emerging Lawyer" in Illinois.

Practice Areas

  • Transportation Law
  • Railroad defense (FELA, crossing accidents and toxic tort)
  • Construction Law
  • Premises and Products Liability
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Insurance Defense/Coverage


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Juris Doctor - 2005
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List 1998-2002
    • Major: Finance and Economics
  • Creighton University Graduate School, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Master of Business Administration - 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota

Past Positions


  • Best Brief Award Finalist, 2004
  • Recipient, Distinguished Leadership Award, 2002
  • Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin, 2015 – 2020
  • Leading Lawyer, 2016 – 2020

Classes & Seminars

Pro-Bono Activities

Published Works

  • Appellate Court Opinion, Ishoo v. General Growth Properties, Inc., 966 N.E.2d 1160 , 2012
  • “Legislation Affecting COVID-19 Exposure Claims,” DRI For The Defense , 2020
  • Contributing author to Defense Attorneys Construction Newsletters
  • Contributing author/editor to Transportation Lawyers Association Newsletters

Fraternities or Sororities

Representative Clients

Representative Cases

Certified Legal Specialties

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2006
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2006
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • International Moot Court Board Officer, Committee Member & Competition Judge, 2004 to 2005
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Peoria County Bar Association

Current Employment Positions

  • Member

Ancillary Businesses