Richard J. Ramello
Richard J. Ramello received his Bachelor of Science in Construction from the College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, in 1976. He graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in 1979.
He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1979. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.
Mr. Ramello has handled a wide range of matters in Federal and State courts and before administrative bodies on behalf of local governmental bodies, corporations and private clients. He has represented the Villages of Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Glendale Heights, Brookfield, Rosemont, South Barrington, Hanover Park and Streamwood in litigation, arbitration and in administrative hearings. Drawing from his undergraduate background, Mr. Ramello represents the firm's governmental and private clients in negotiation and preparation of construction and engineering agreements, contractor claims, regulatory approval, litigation and arbitration involving land use, real estate development and public works projects.
Mr. Ramello has extensive municipal experience and negotiated the first competitive cable television franchise agreement in Illinois. He successfully defended this agreement in the trial and appellate courts when it was challenged by the cable television industry. He has successfully represented the Village of Brookfield Electoral Board in the trial and appellate courts, upholding the Board’s ballot determination. Mr. Ramello has drafted ordinances for several municipalities providing for the regulation of adult uses, and has successfully defended these ordinances against constitutional challenges in the trial and appellate courts. He has also successfully defended several municipalities in court on zoning challenges and in federal civil rights actions. He along with two fellow attorneys from the firm successfully defended six Rosemont Public Safety officers in a multimillion dollar federal civil action trial.
Mr. Ramello served as Village Attorney to the Village of Brookfield from 1993 to 2001 and from 2005 to present and to the Village of Indian Head Park from 2007 to present. He also served as Village Prosecutor for the Village of Glendale Heights from 1980 to 1985. He serves as corporation counsel to the City of Oakbrook Terrace and as Township Attorney for the Township of Schaumburg. He has advised both the Village of Glendale Heights and the Brookfield Zoning Commissions during drafting and adoption of the comprehensive amendments to their zoning ordinances.
Mr. Ramello currently serves as general counsel to the Grand Avenue Railroad Relocation Authority. Representing the authority before the Illinois Commerce Commission, he obtained a fourteen million dollar award from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund for the Grand Avenue Grade Separation Project, the second largest award ever from the fund.
Mr. Ramello is a member of the Northwest Suburban, Illinois State and American Bar Associations, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.