D. Richard Self


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Phone: (217) 535-1060

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower



Richard Self is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial, antitrust, and appellate litigation.

In his two years prior to joining Freeborn, Richard served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He also spent two summers working for the United States Department of Justice: One in Washington, D.C. with the National Security Division, and the other in Charlotte, NC with the United States Attorney’s Office. Richard accordingly has a broad range of experience in civil and criminal matters with both the government and in private practice.

While in law school at the University of Michigan, Richard had a particular focus on legal writing and oral advocacy. He also was a member of the law school’s moot court competition, twice served as a judge for Michigan’s 1L Oral Advocacy Competition, and represented United States military veterans with the school’s Veterans Legal Clinic.

 Richard also assists with the firm’s Government and Regulatory practice group in Springfield, Illinois.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Federal Bar Association