Trisha Rich is a Chicago litigation attorney and a member of Holland & Knight’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Ms. Rich focuses on complex commercial litigation, as well as legal ethics and professional responsibility matters.
In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Rich represents a wide variety of clients in litigation and other disputes, including national and international companies, small businesses, municipalities and state agencies, and individuals. She has extensive experience in resolving disputes between businesses and represents clients at the trial and appellate levels in a wide variety of matters, including actions for breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, tortious interference and all aspects of real estate, property management and receivership litigation.
As a member of the firm's Legal Profession Team, Ms. Rich advises lawyers, corporations and law firms on various issues related to professional responsibility, including partnership and corporate structuring, fee disputes, conflicts, confidentiality and privilege, and professional disciplinary issues.
Ms. Rich has first- and second-chaired a number of trials and evidentiary hearings in both state and federal courts, and also has represented clients in administrative hearings. She is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a 2012 graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s national trial practice program.
Ms. Rich is active in the legal ethics community. She founded and coordinates the Attorney Defense Initiative, the first privately sponsored pro bono initiative in the nation that focuses on assisting impaired lawyers facing disciplinary charges. Ms. Rich is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and a frequent speaker and author on a variety of issues related to ethics and risk management. She also is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Rich taught practical and theoretical ethics at two universities.