Richard A. Russo

Rick is a member of the firm, concentrating his practice on municipal law, management-side labor and employment matters, and commercial litigation.

Rick regularly counsels employers regarding a large variety of labor and employment issues, including wage & hour, discrimination, leaves of absence, reductions in force, workplace policies, and employment and non-competition agreements. He has represented employers before government agencies such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Department of Labor, as well as before state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

In his municipal practice, Rick serves as the attorney for municipalities and has assisted other governmental bodies with compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, and personnel matters, among others.

Associations and Accomplishments

  • Certified Arbitrator for Central Illinois Better Business Bureau (Arbitrator of the Year, 2008)
  • Named as a Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2010-2018)
  • Named one of Peoria’s “Forty Leaders Under 40” in 2010 by Peoria Magazines
  • Member of Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section Council, serving as Illinois Department of Human Rights Liaison (2006-2016)
  • Public Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Government Affairs Committee of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairperson, City of Peoria Zoning Board of Appeals
  • First Vice-President, Business PAC of Central Illinois

Education

  • Augustana College (B.A. cum laude, 2000)
  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. magna cum laude, 2003)

Contact Richard A. Russo

rarusso@dcamplaw.com

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Office Locations

Peoria, IL

401 Main Street., Suite 1600
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: (309) 673-1681
Fax: (309) 673-1690

Richard A. Russo In the News

Please Check Your Guns at the Door: Employer Rights under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act

Rick Russo published “Please Check Your Guns at the Door: Employer Rights under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (September 2013).

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August 19, 2013

Rick Russo will present “Navigating Wage & Hour Laws in the 21st Century” at the 14th Annual Illinois Human Resource Conference in Oakbrook, Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Contact Rick for more information or to register for the conference.


Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues

Rick Russo is presenting “Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues” for the AAIM Employers’ Association. Topics will include the importance of clarifying attendance policies, time tracking procedures, legally protected leave (including leave under the FMLA and ADA), and identifying and reducing fraud and abuse related to absenteeism.

Contact Rick for more information, or the AAIM Employers’ Association to register for the program.


SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference

Rick Russo, David Lubben, and Derek Schryer are presenting at the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference. Topics will include wage and hour issues, healthcare reform updates, and best practices in employment terminations.

Contact Rick, David, or Derek for more information, or the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter to register for the seminar.


January 2012

David Lubben, Rick Russo, and Abby Clark successfully enforced a client’s non-competition agreement by obtaining a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against two former employees who had attempted to start a competing business.


January 2012

Rick Russo was named a Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.


December 2011

Rick Russo obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurance company defending a declaratory judgment action.


A Snowy Day and Exempt Employees’ Pay

Rick Russo published “A Snowy Day and Exempt Employees’ Pay” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (December 2011).

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November 2011

Rick Russo was appointed by the Peoria City Council as a Commissioner on the City’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission.


Annual Human Resources Conference

Rick Russo, Abby Clark, and Derek Schryer presented at the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference.


He Said, She Said: Investigating and Handling Uncorroborated Allegations of Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment

Rick Russo published “He Said, She Said: Investigating and Handling Uncorroborated Allegations of Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (October 2011).

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He Said, She Said

Rick Russo gave a presentation entitled He Said, She Said — Investigating and Handling Uncorroborated Allegations of Sexual Harassment at the annual Illinois State SHRM Conference in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois.


August 2011

Rick Russo obtained summary judgment for an employer in a failure to accommodate case under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Rick successfully argued that the employer provided the plaintiff with a reasonable accommodation in providing her with a leave of absence.


August 2011

Rick Russo was named to the Board of Directors for the Business PAC of Central Illinois.


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