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 antitrust, complex commercial, and appellate litigation. Richard brings a dynamic sense of energy to his cases and has experience at trial, taking depositions, drafting motions and pleadings, managing large-scale discovery, and developing winning case strategies.

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, where he amassed a considerable amount of trial, hearing, and motion experience. He also spent two summers working for the United States Department of Justice. 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.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter, "You tried a case during a pandemic? How’d that go???" Chicago Bar Association CLE Webinar (September 2021).