Adam Riback

Protecting the rights of the seriously injured

Background

Adam joined the firm as a law clerk in 1992. After graduating from Chicago-Kent Law School and passing the Illinois bar exam, Adam became a full time attorney at the firm. Adam prides himself on bringing a solid work ethic and an attention to detail in every case that he handles. It is that work ethic that has greatly contributed to the successful results he has achieved for his clients. His areas of concentration include construction litigation, products liability, premises liability and automobile negligence.

Adam has had the distinct privilege of representing, literally, hundreds of union construction workers over the past 15 years. Those construction workers have included union iron workers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, pipe fitters, electricians, plumbers, and various other specialized union trades. His work in this particular area of the law has yielded results in the millions of dollars for his clients. For example, Adam was able to procure a $1,320,000.00 settlement at trial for a 41 year old electrician that sustained a right knee injury due to a slip and fall on oil while working at the defendant’s premises. In addition, Adam obtained a $1,000,000.00 settlement for a 24 year old ironworker that sustained a torn ligament in his right knee when he slipped on ice, snow and hydraulic fluid at a downtown Chicago construction site.

When not in the office, Adam volunteers his time to many causes, including teaching law students at Northwestern University School of Law. Adam has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law since 2006 and has taught the advanced trial advocacy course with his law partner, Richard Levin, since that time. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Adam has had the distinct privilege of coaching the Northwestern University School of Law National Trial Team since the Spring of 2006. In the past four years, the team has won four championships including the 2006 Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, the 2008 and 2009 California Attorneys For Criminal Justice Invitational Mock Trial Tournaments and, most recently, the 2010 Midwest Regional Tournament Championship for the National Trial Competition. Adam also teaches at the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA) where he has been involved with teaching young lawyers how to take depositions for the past three years.

While in law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Adam was a member of the Moot Court Society and made the Dean’s List in 4 of his 6 semesters at law school. In 1993, Adam and his teammates made it to the semifinals of the Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition in Brooklyn, New York

Results

Honors/Awards

Illinois Super Lawyer, 2008 and 2009

“40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin , 2005

Semifinalist, 1993 Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition

Education

University of Illinois, B.A., 1990

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1994

Teaching Experience

Northwestern University School of Law, Adjunct Professor teaching Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2006 – present
Northwestern University School of Law, National Trial Team Coach, 2006- present
DePaul University College of Law, Moot Court Coach, 1999