Attorney Rick Beuke has been practicing criminal law since his admission to the Illinois Bar in 1980. His first job after law school was in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. During his eight years in that office, Rick learned a great deal about how the police gather evidence and how prosecutors build cases against defendants. A skilled litigator, Rick rose swiftly through the ranks, eventually becoming one of the head prosecutors in the Gang Unit.
As an effective and respected prosecutor, Rick was very concerned that defendants be treated fairly and that they receive due process. To Rick, the expression "innocent until proven guilty" had real meaning. He understood that defense attorneys were often all that stood between an accused person and all the resources of the state that were dedicated to achieving convictions. He believed that, with his education and experience from the State's Attorney's office, he could help preserve rights and make a difference for people who were accused of serious crimes in Chicago.
Rick has been in criminal defense practice ever since, representing hundreds of clients on the wide spectrum of criminal charges from traffic offenses to homicide. His cases include a number of cases with a high profile in Illinois and nationally. Rick also has a thriving personal injury law practice.
He recently welcomed his son, P.J., into his practice, where they enjoy working together to provide clients the benefit of thorough research and comprehensive representation.
Admissions to Practice
- Illinois, 1980
- IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1980
- Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, 1977
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- West Suburban Bar Association