Richard (Rick) Fenton has practiced for more than 37 years in the field of complex commercial, real estate and business litigation. Rick is the chair of Dentons' national appellate practice.
Rick is a member of the Bar of Illinois, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh circuits, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Southern District of Indiana and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the United States Tax Court, and also has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous state and federal jurisdictions.
Rick has been recognized repeatedly in Best Lawyers in America since 2008 and in Illinois Super Lawyers since 2005. Rick is a member of the American Bar Association and is a contributing author to the ABA publication “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions” (2010). In December, 2003, Rick was elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
Rick has broad experience litigating and trying a wide variety of commercial disputes in both trial and appellate courts, including securities, product liability, antitrust, RICO and consumer class action defense, multi-district litigation, executive compensation and employment litigation, franchise terminations, antitrust actions, fiduciary liability, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and general business litigation. Rick also has extensive experience in the area of real estate litigation, and has tried a broad range of cases in both bench and jury trial settings arising out of the sale, purchase and financing of real estate projects on behalf of owners, developers, purchasers, lenders and investors. Rick's trial experience includes damage actions, as well as actions for specific performance, injunctive and other equitable and restitutionary relief.
Rick also has represented clients in regulatory and internal investigations in the securities, employee benefit and corporate governance areas, and has extensive experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.