Professional Biography

Richard L. Sevcik Partner

Firmwide Chair, Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice

  • Chicago

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    110 North Wacker Drive, 34th Floor

    Chicago, IL 60606




A seasoned tax and transactional partner with roughly 35 years of experience, Richard L. Sevcik represents numerous nonprofit organizations, public charities, private foundations, healthcare systems, as well as colleges and universities. Rick’s areas of counsel encompass entity formation, ongoing operations and management, governance, reporting obligations and issues that arise in transactions involving exempt organizations.

Rick has a substantive practice counseling healthcare providers and industry participants, including representing exempt healthcare systems and hospitals in connection with corporate governance, tax compliance, transactions and joint ventures, tax exempt bond financings, and IRS reporting and community benefit issues. Rick has represented a number of healthcare systems in connection with their integration with physicians, other providers and business enterprises.

Rick is a frequent author and speaker on issues facing nonprofits, and his presentations have included higher education tax compliance, lobbying and political activity restrictions, corporate governance and transactions, internet activities of exempt organizations, and the rules impacting private foundations. His nonprofit experience also extends to his civic commitments. Rick currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association and is a former member of the Board of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Law & Politics
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Non-Profit / Charities Law - Charitable Gift Planning; Education; Health Care; Private Foundations; Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of Non-Profit Organizations

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Exempt Organizations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Great Lakes Area TE/GE Council
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Ravinia Festival Association, Board of Trustees; Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Board of Directors
  • Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Board of Trustees, 2006 – 2015; Planned Giving Advisory Council, Former Chair, 2004 – 2015
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Secretary
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Professional Council for Philanthropy
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Advisors; Children, Youth and Family Services Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
  • Illinois Attorney General's Charitable Advisory Council, Legislative Committee, Chair





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1985
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., Political Science and Economics with highest distinction, 1982