Steven M. Richart

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
[email protected]
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334‬ (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., Philosophy, 2002

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., High Honors, 2005

  • Certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Chicago-Kent Law Review, Member

  • Order of the Coif, Member

As a partner in the firm, Steve Richart concentrates his school law practice in the areas of board governance, FOIA, OMA, elections, school finance, and property taxes. Steve works closely with clients to address the many legal, regulatory, and business challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, Steve represents school districts in judicial and administrative proceedings involving similar matters. Steve’s ability to break down complex legal issues into plain, understandable terms coupled with his attention to detail serve as the cornerstone to his practice. Clients know that Steve is on their side and will work hard to provide the options available to successfully address their legal issues.

Clients turn to Steve for his deep knowledge of school law, his patient listening, and his calm and practical approach to solving client problems. He takes the time to learn and understand his clients’ goals to ensure the best results while providing the highest level of service. School leaders benefit from Steve’s exceptional level of commitment to their success, which is reflected in the strong, lasting relationships he has built with many clients.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, biking, and playing guitar.



  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2005 – Present

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2005 – Present

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member, 2012 – Present

  • Appellate Lawyers’ Association, Member, 2014 – Present

  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Member, 2020 – Present



  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2020 – Present

  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015

  • LEED Accredited Professional, 2008 – Present

  • CALI Award, Accounting for Lawyers

  • CALI Award, Personal Income Tax

  • CALI Award, Remedies

  • CALI Award, Consumer Health Benefits



  • OMA Gray Areas and Pandemic Rules – Illinois Association of School Boards, Administrative Professionals, 2020

  • OMA Gray Areas – Illinois Association of School Boards Administrative Professionals, 2019

  • Intergovernmental Agreements, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, 2018

  • FOIA and Personnel Records, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, 2017

  • Outsourcing of Third Party Non-Instructional Services, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 2015

  • FOIA/OMA Workshop, College of Lake County, 2015