(Experience – 23 years)


Richard A. Tjepkema received his Juris Doctor with Honors from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1993.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University in 1990, where he graduated with the distinction of cum laude.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Tjepkema worked in the research department for the Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield, Illinois.  In this capacity Mr. Tjepkema assisted the Court in preparation of opinions in complex civil, criminal and domestic relations appeals which were set for oral argument.  Throughout his career, Mr. Tjepkema has handled numerous appeals in Federal and State Courts.

Prior to joining Charysh & Schroeder, Ltd., Mr. Tjepkema was affiliated with a St. Louis, Missouri, based insurance defense firm.  While there, Mr. Tjepkema handled cases involving product liability, mass tort litigation, asbestos litigation and premises liability.

Mr. Tjepkema is admitted to practice in the States of Illinois and Missouri, before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.