Trisha Rich

Trisha Rich

Commissioner

Trisha Rich is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Legal Profession Team in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight LLP, where she practices litigation, legal ethics, and professional responsibility law. In her legal ethics practice, Trish advises lawyers, law firms, and in-house legal counsel on a wide variety of legal ethics and professional responsibility issues, including matters pertaining to confidentiality, conflicts, privilege, fee disputes, lawyer mobility issues, and others.  She also works as an expert witness in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility law.  In her litigation practice, she handles primarily complex commercial litigation.  She is also a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Ms. Rich participates actively in the teaching and education of lawyers, as well the pro bono representation of a variety of legal clients. Trish is the author of more than thirty published works, and she is an adjunct professor of legal ethics at New York University School of Law.  She is also a frequent speaker and educator on a wide variety of professional responsibility and legal ethics issues. Trish founded and coordinates the Attorney Defense Initiative, the first privately-sponsored pro bono program in the nation that focuses on assisting impaired lawyers facing disciplinary charges.

Ms. Rich received her undergraduate degree and her graduate degree from Western Michigan University, and her juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Trish is a former philosophy teacher, and has taught practical and theoretical ethics at two universities.

Ms. Rich is a member and a volunteer with a number of different community, legal, and charitable organizations, including the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, the Illinois Judges Foundation Auxiliary Committee, the Chicago Inn of Court, the Lawyers Club of Chicago, and the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility. She is also an active member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, where she serves on the Executive Board.  Finally, she is also a proud member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she has served on many different committees and special projects, including currently serving on the Board of Managers.  Trish has won a number of awards for her pro bono and charitable work, including the Northern District of Illinois Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, the Chicago Bar Association’s David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service, the Chicago Bar Association’s Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership, and the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award.  She was a 2018 Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, a 2017 Law Bulletin Media’s 40 Under Forty, has been twice named to Crain’s Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers list (2018, 2020), and is in the 2021 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.

Ms. Rich has served on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism since 2017.