Richard Means – Means Law Offices

806 Fair Oaks Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302, United States

  • 708-386-1122
  • 708-383-2987

Practice/Organization Description

Election Law

Freedom of Information Act

Public Interest Litigation

Means Law Offices provides every client with the individual attention of a lawyer with nearly 40 years of experience who is well-known as an "expert" in his field. Having served twice as the Chairman of the Election Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Richard K. Means is one of the authors of the 2002 and 2007 Handbooks on Illinois Election Law published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

The services provided by the Means Law Offices are thorough, careful, without unnecessary "frills" and reasonably priced. Legal services are provided in an ongoing consultative process in which, at each stage of the representation, the lawyer and the client discuss the goals which can legally be achieved, the likelihood of success (and the down-side risks) of particular strategies and the cost of various strategies. Then the lawyer and client agree on a course of action.

Some firms with business clients might justify charging their clients for the overhead of high-rent, over-staffed offices or of high-risk litigation strategies on the grounds that the clients could "write off" large legal fees as "business expenses" (thus letting Uncle Sam pay about a third of the cost). The clients of the Means Law Offices are typically individuals, not-for-profit entities or units of government, none of whom have their legal fees "subsidized" by the government as "business expenses." The operations of the firm are therefore unpretentious and with low-overhead which allows wise expenditures of money and effort. These resources are allocated to areas in which results will be produced most efficiently.

While Rich Means is a skilled litigator, his clients typically seek goals that are obtainable in the absence of litigation in order to avoid its cost and the risk of adverse publicity. However, the ability to exercise one's rights often requires litigation to secure them. Sometimes bullies only allow the exercise of an individual's rights when the individual demonstrates both the capacity and the willingness to skillfully demand them. For this very reason, the option to litigate is readily available.

The private law practice is principally election law and public interest litigation. Specifically, the practice is the representation of candidates, political organizations, governmental entities, unions, and business organizations in election law matters and in public interest litigation. This practice includes service as a Hearing Officer on particularly complex and sensitive matters by the Illinois State Board of Elections, membership on local government electoral boards by appointment by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and also includes legislative development and lobbying.

Bar Admissions

Illinois Courts

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

B.S Eastern New Mexico University 1965

J.D. Northwestern University 1968

Professional Associations & Memberships

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Council of Lawyers

Areas of Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Elections & Politics
  • Government
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