Trisha Rich

Trisha Rich

Commissioner

Trisha Rich is a Partner in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight LLP, where she practices litigation, legal ethics, and professional responsibility law. In her litigation practice, Ms. Rich represents individuals and corporations in complex commercial litigation. At Holland & Knight, Trisha 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 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. Trisha is the author of more than thirty published works, and she is an adjunct professor of legal ethics at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  She is also a frequent speaker and educator on a wide variety of professional responsibility and legal ethics issues. Ms. Rich 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. Trisha is a former philosophy lecturer, 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 Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, the Chicago Inn of Court, the Lawyers Club of Chicago, and the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility. Trisha is also an active member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, where she has served on several committees.  Finally, she is also a proud member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she has served on many different committees and special projects, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Ms. Rich 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, and the Chicago Bar Association’s Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership.  She has been repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star in Illinois Super Lawyers and an Emerging Lawyer in Leading Lawyers.

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