Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra

Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra

Location
Greater Chicago Area
Industry
Law Practice

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Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra's Overview

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Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra's Experience

Deputy Chief, Civil Bureau

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

May 2010Present (4 years 5 months) Wheaton, Illinois

In-house counsel to a governmental corporation with more than 2,000 full time employees and an annual operating budget exceeding $430 million.

• Provide day-to-day legal advice to the Board, its Chairman, and other executive officers
• Serve as counsel to various committees and independent agencies and commissions
• Drafted new policy pertaining to officer and employee ethics
• Develop formal and informal legal opinions
• Draft and negotiate complex commercial contracts
• Prepare and review procurement documents, including invitations to bid and requests for proposals
• Manage the office's governmental and legislative affairs
• Represent the State’s Attorney on various task forces and policy-development committees
• Lead team of five attorneys

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry

February 2009May 2010 (1 year 4 months)

Engaged in the private practice of law focused on municipal prosecution, criminal defense, and election law.

Consultant

Roger C. Marquardt & Co., Inc.

February 2009May 2010 (1 year 4 months)

Associate with a well-respected governmental consulting firm which specializes in Illinois state and local government representation. Clients included businesses, educational institutions, professional and not-for-profit associations, and local units of government.

• Drafted and monitored legislation on behalf of clients
• Met with legislators and key staff members to discuss pending legislation
• Testified on various matters pending before the legislature
• Updated clients on legislative and political developments
• Developed firm website content and promotional materials

Assistant State's Attorney

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

December 2003January 2009 (5 years 2 months)

Initially assigned to the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau with responsibility for prosecuting a variety of petty, misdemeanor and felony cases including those resolved by bench or jury trial.

Subsequently assigned to the Civil Bureau as Coordinator of Community Prosecutions. Duties included implementation of a countywide strategy for crime prevention and reduction programs requiring close and frequent interaction with various community organizations, local governments, and law enforcement agencies. Additional responsibilities included nuisance abatement litigation,legislative affairs, and providing counsel to various County Board committees.

Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra's Certifications

  • Licensed Attorney

    • Illnois Supreme Court
  • Member, General and Trial Bar

    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice

    • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra's Skills & Expertise

  1. Legislative Relations
  2. Procurement Contracts
  3. Civil Litigation
  4. Government
  5. Litigation
  6. Legal Advice
  7. Legal Opinions
  8. Government Procurement
  9. Contract Negotiation
  10. Policy
  11. Public Policy
  12. Government Contracting
  13. Criminal Law
  14. Governmental Affairs
  15. Politics
  16. Trials
  17. Hearings
  18. Criminal Justice
  19. Local Government
  20. Legislative Affairs
  21. Social Media
  22. Legal Issues
  23. Legal Research
  24. Courts
  25. Criminal Defense
  26. Enforcement
  27. Lobbying
  28. Community Development
  29. Legal Assistance
  30. Legislative Policy
  31. State Government
  32. Negotiation
  33. Legislative Research
  34. Political Campaigns
  35. Trial Practice
  36. Public Law
  37. Resourceful Problem-solving
  38. Government Advocacy
  39. Government Administration
  40. Legislative Testimony
  41. Mediation
  42. Westlaw

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Richard J. (Rick) Veenstra's Education

DePaul University

J.D., Law

20002003

Activities and Societies: Student Bar Association, the Federalist Society, the Justinian Society, Dean's List

Elmhurst College

B.S. (Magna Cum Laude), Finance and Political Science

19962000

Activities and Societies: Student Government Association (President), Model Illinois Government, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Mu Delta, Pi Gamma Mu, Student Representative to College Board of Trustees, Judicial Hearings Committee Member, Dean's List, Senior Merit Award Semi-Finalist.

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