• Washington University School of Law, J.D. 1986
• University of Illinois, M.A. 1983
• University of Illinois, B.A. 1982
Partner with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, where he has practiced since 1986. Richard has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer of Illinois and an Illinois Super Lawyer. In Missouri, he was noted as achieving a top defense verdict (2004, 2010) by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Richard has handled cases in the areas of insurance coverage, construction accidents, premises liability, class action disputes, wrongful death, medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, products liability and professional liability.
Before attending law school, Richard studied small group communication and problem solving as part of his graduate studies in the field of communications. Much of the same academic research in those areas is utilized in the study of effective mediation and alternative dispute resolution. After becoming a lawyer, Richard practiced for over 15 years in Winnebago County, Illinois – the venue where the Illinois Supreme Court implemented its pilot court annexed mediation project for all civil cases. In 2002, Richard relocated to Heyl Royster’s Edwardsville office to assist his firm in the handling of civil cases, including class action, medical device and professional liability disputes. Over his twenty-five years as a practicing attorney, Richard has participated in over a hundred mediations in many jurisdictions throughout the Mid-West, including Chicago, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Southern Illinois and St. Louis. His training in communication studies coupled with his experience as a trial lawyer make him an excellent choice to guide parties through the successful mediation of complicated disputes. For additional information regarding Mr. Hunsaker, please go to Heyl Royster.
• American Board of Trial Advocates
• Madison County Bar Association
• St. Clair County Bar
• American Bar Association
• Illinois State Bar Association
• Defense Research Institute
• Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
• The Missouri Bar
• State Bar of Wisconsin