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Freeborn Partner Rick Kienzler Named to Law Bulletin Media’s 2019 40 Under Forty

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Richard T. Kienzler, a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, is one of Law Bulletin Media’s 2019 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty, which recognizes the “most talented young attorneys working in Illinois” under age 40. A Freeborn attorney has been included in the 40 Under Forty each of the last 20 years.

Publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, Law Bulletin Media selected the 40 Under Forty from among more than 1,500 nominations. The honorees are chosen for their intelligence, passion, success in the office, desire to help their community, and willingness to work hard at their profession. 

“We are extremely proud of Rick for distinguishing himself as an outstanding lawyer worthy of this annual 40 Under Forty recognition,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner Joseph L. Fogel. “Rick is knowledgeable, driven and committed to going the extra mile to deliver the best possible results for his clients. We congratulate him on this well-deserved acknowledgment of his early career success.”

Brad Bergmooser, general counsel with Freeborn client Baxter Credit Union, who formerly worked with Mr. Kienzler at Freeborn, said Mr. Kienzler excels as a lawyer in part due to his logical and practical thinking: “(Mr. Kienzler) innately understands that the true value an attorney provides a client is the ability to rationally approach and resolve a matter.”

James M. Witz, a shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., praised Mr. Kienzler’s work on several significant non-compete trade secret matters, which all led to victories, adding that Mr. Kienzler worked tirelessly to make sure his client was successful.

In his practice, Mr. Kienzler represents large companies, owner-managed businesses and individuals in state and federal cases across the country, as well as in arbitrations and other proceedings conducted outside of court. A large part of his practice involves disputes concerning non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as fast-paced, emergency proceedings in which parties seek temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. In addition, he has successfully resolved significant, large-scale commercial contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, and class action lawsuits.

Mr. Kienzler received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.