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Richard L. Turner

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Rick Turner has made it his professional mission to advocate on behalf of those who do not have the training, skill, or ability to advocate for themselves. Intrigued by difficult legal problems, he enjoys representing individuals and families up against insurance companies, corporations, or other large organizations who might not be fair when establishing compensation for damages. When it comes to his clients, he provides a voice and a means of obtaining some form of justice. Every client receives frequent updates on their cases and determination to move the case along quickly. Rick Turner strives to provide a compassionate approach to each case; he is most satisfied when he does a great job for a client and they thank him for his effort and personal concern.

Since 1981, Rick Turner has been actively engaged in the practice of plaintiffs' personal injury and workers’ compensation. He has vast experience trying cases and appearing before judges, justices, and juries in a wide variety of injury and death cases. Through this experience, he has been able to hone his skills and use them to assist his clients in pursuing the best results possible.

Some of Rick Turner’s accolades include being selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers in personal injury and workers’ compensation law as well as being a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

In his youth, he spent time in Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, and Ottawa, Illinois. Through attending different schools and living in varied communities, he was exposed to different cultures and diverse backgrounds. This is why he is able to relate to others so well. He is also a competitive athlete—he played rugby for 26 years and coached high school rugby for 15 years. He is also active in triathlon and competitive distance running, completing both the Hawaii Ironman and Boston Marathon.

Rick Turner is also extremely dedicated to his community. He has served on numerous local boards and committees, such as Goodfellows, which is a local volunteer organization that collects funds to purchase clothing items for local children at Christmas.

If you’re looking for an attorney who will be committed to your case, look no further than Rick Turner at Turner & Sackett Law Offices.


1977 Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL, BS Education

1981 DePaul University College of Law

Chicago, IL, J.D., with honors

2004 - Present Named as one of the Top Personal Injury

Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network

2008 Selected for membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum,

the Top Trial Lawyers in America.

2013 Selected for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum,

the Top Trial Lawyers in America

2013 - Present Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers in Plaintiff’s Personal

Injury Law

2013 AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

(Highest Rating for Ethics and Ability)

2016 Community Service Award, Kane County Bar Association

Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Standing Committee on Supreme Court Rules (Chair, 2003-2004)

Standing Committee on Legal Technology (Chair, 2002-2003)

Civil Practice and Procedure Council (Secretary, 2005-2006, Vice-Chair, 2006-2007, Chair, 2007-2008).

Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (2004)

Assembly Finance Committee (2004)

Bar Leadership Conference Planning Committee (2004-2005)

Delegate for the 16t,h Judicial Circuit to the Illinois State

Bar Association Assembly (1990-1992; 1994-2000; 2004-2010)

Delegate for the 23rd Judicial Circuit to the Illinois State Bar

Association Assembly (2013 – 2016; 2019-)

Standing Committee on Bar Elections Supervision (2015-Present)

American Association for Justice

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyers Association

Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys

Kane County Bar Association

Chair, Practice Management Committee, 2010-2012

Kane County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2010-2013

Chair / Co-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Committee, 2012 – 2015

Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2018-2019

Geneva Bar Association (Vice President, 2004-2005, President, 2005-2006)

Co-Chair, Prairie State Legal Services Fundraising Campaign for

Legal Services, 2010-2012

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
    Leading Lawyers
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Kane County Bar Association
    Kane County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
    Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb
    Avvo 10.0 Superb
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • ATAA
Community Involvement


Sycamore Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club (Chair, 2002)

Geneva Board of Health

Ben Gordon Mental Health Center Board

Barb City Manor Advisory Board

Sycamore United Fund Board (Past President)

Kishwaukee Country Club, Board of Directors, 2010-2013.

Assistant Coach, Sycamore High School Rugby Football Club, 2004 – 2015.

Chair, Finance Council, St. Mary Parish, Sycamore, 2005 – Present.

Kishwaukee Family YMCA Annual Campaign, Major Gifts Co-Chair, 2016, Chair, Annual Campaign, 2019.

Publications and Presentations

Roach v. Springfield Clinic - The Supreme Court Attempts to Avoid

Hair-Splitting in Revisiting the Medical Studies Act, Trial Briefs,

Vol. 38, No. 7, June 1993, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Substitution of Judges as a Matter of Right under 735 ILCS 5/2-1001

(a)(2): When is the Right Absolute, Trial Briefs, Vol. 46, No. 2, Sept.,

2000, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Using Technology in Discovery and Trial, A Lawyers Guide to Using

Computers, Ill. State Bar Assoc., 2000

Presenter, Parties: Misnomer; Respondents in Discovery; Assignments &

Subrogation; Third-Party Proceedings, Civil Practice Update,

ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Mar. 21, 2001

Navqi v. Rossiello: an IRS Malpractice Trap for the Unwary Practitioner

Trial Briefs, Vol. 47, No. 4, Feb., 2002, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Presenter, Essential Litigation Skills for Illinois Paralegals, Inst. for

Paralegal Education, March 14, 2002, Rockford, IL.

The Virtual Courtroom: An Update (with Sandy Morganstein) Standing

Committee on Legal Technology Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2, Dec. 2002,

Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Illinois General Assembly Regulates Health Care Liens, Trial Briefs, Vol.

49, No. 2, Nov. 2003, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Moderator, Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation: Update & Overview

of Civil Practice & Procedure, ISBA Law Ed Series, Dec. 5, 2003, Rockford,


Recent changes in Civil Jury Instructions in the IPI-Civil, 2005 Edition,

Trial Briefs, Vol. 50, No. 5, Apr. 2005, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Sealing the Deal: Closing Arguments, Illinois Institute for Continuing

Education, August 16, 2006, Chicago, IL.


Melena v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc.: Further enlightenment from the

Supreme Court on the dichotomy between mandatory arbitration

agreements and public policy, Trial Briefs, Vol. 52, No. 3, November,

2006, Ill. State Bar. Assoc.

The Pierre Condominium Association v. Lincoln Park West Associates, LLC:

Public PolicyFavoring Settlements in the Contribution Act Trumps All, Ill.

State Bar Assoc. (2008).

Indemnification Redux: The Supreme Court Rings in on Contractual

Indemnification Clauses in Buenz v. Frontline Transporation Company

Ill. State Bar Assoc. (2008).

Maxit, Inc. v. Van Cleve: Supreme Court clarifies the need for express

Approval by Workers’ Compensation Commission of any attempt to settle

or waive employee rights and benefits. Ill. State Bar Assoc. (2009).

Co-Moderator, Kane County Bar Association Practice Management Committee

“Managing Your Practice in Tough Economic Times”, January 2011.

Moderator, Kane County Bar Association Practice Management Committee

“Streamlining Your Ship, Steps to Optimize Your Resources in the Solo & Small

Firm”, November 2011.

Ten Things Lawyers Starting Their Own Personal Injury Practice Should

Know, Kane County Bar Briefs, January 2012.

Lawlor v. North American Corporation of Illinois: The Illinois Supreme

The court recognizes the Tort of Intrusion upon Seclusion and speaks again

on punitive damages, Trial Briefs, Vol. 58, No. 6, Dec. 2012, Ill. State

Bar Assoc.

Holland v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc.: Proof of “Termination” and Further Consideration of the Applicable Standards for Punitive in Retaliatory Discharge Damages, Trial Briefs, Vol. 59 No. 1, July 2013, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

New Releases from the Appellate Court on Local Governmental Tort

Immunity: “Abruzzo Returns” and “The Sidewalks of the College

of DuPage”, Trial Briefs, Vol. 59, No. 8, Feb. 2014, Ill. State Bar


Sharbono v. Hilborn: The use of PowerPoint at trial – More than just demonstrative evidence?, Trial Briefs, Vol. 60, No. 1, July 2014, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Adjudication of liens in claims involving inadequate insurance coverage: Wolf v. Toolie as the latest contribution in this ongoing saga, Trial Briefs, Vol. 60, No. 4, October 2014, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Moderator, Civil Procedure Update and Review, sponsored by ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, April 17, 2015, Moline, Illinois

Presenter, First Steps and Case Law and Legislative Updates for Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims, KCBA 2015 11th Hour Seminar, June 17, 2015

Zagorski v. Allstate Insurance Company: Stock discovery objections fail to pass muster with 5th District, Trial Briefs, Vol. 61, No. 9, June 2016, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Carney v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.: The Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Extent of Liability to a Subcontractor Employee by an Owner or General Contractor, Kane County Bar Briefs, December 2016/January 2017.

Stan v. Ortberg: The need for clarity in the submission of a special interrogatory to the jury, Trial Briefs, Vol. 62, No. 5, December 2017, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Presenter, The Role of Insurance in Settlement Negotiations; Drafting Indemnification Agreements, KCBA Commercial Law Seminar, February 21, 2018

Antonicelli v. Rodriguez: Revisiting the impact of “good faith” settlements under the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act, Trial Briefs, Vol. 62, No. 8, March 2018, Ill. State Bar Assoc.

Presenter, “Trial Presentation Software”, and Moderator, ISBA Civil Practice/Procedure Section Council Seminar on Technology at Trial, February 22, 2019.

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