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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Business
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • School Law


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., with a concentration in Business and Transactional Law, 2014
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Master of Science in Accounting, 2011
  • Truman State University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2010


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Chad J. Richter focuses his practice in transactional and litigation matters, including:

  • Trust and estates
  • Probate administration and litigation
  • Commercial transactions
  • Employee benefits
  • Taxation
  • Business law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil litigation
  • Real estate

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Richter practiced in a boutique law firm concentrating in commercial transactions, trust and estates, and taxation. While attending law school, he held clerkships in elder law and bankruptcy law. He also had 7/11 internships with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • East St. Louis Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
    • Corresponding Secretary (2019-2020)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Business and Securities Law Section Council
      • Chair (2019-2020)
      • Vice-Chair (2018-2019)
      • Secretary, (2017-2018)
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
    • Young Friends Board of Directors
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Named to list of Top Estate Planning Attorneys in St. Louis area by St. Louis Small Business Monthly (2019)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for
    • Corporate Taxation
    • Current Developments in Law and Accounting
  • Southern Illinois Inns of Court

Published Legal Writing

  • “Member Managed LLC’s under Illinois Amended LLC Act Effective July 1, 2017,” ISBA Business and Securities Law Newsletter, Vol. 62 No. 3 (May 2017).
  • “Uses for Limited Liability Companies,” IICLE Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations 2017 Edition.

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Trusts that Affect Estate Administration,” National Business Institute Estate Administration Boot Camp (St. Louis MO, 2019)
  • “Handling Debts and Claims Against Estates,” National Business Institute Estate Administration Boot Camp (St. Louis MO, 2019)