Richard J. Reimer
Mr. Reimer is the Manager of the law firm of Reimer Dobrovolny & LaBardi PC. Mr. Reimer concentrates in representing police and firefighter pension boards. He also is recognized for his representation of police and fire unions and litigating on behalf of police officers and firefighters. Mr. Reimer has more than two decades of experience in representing police and firefighter pension boards. Mr. Reimer has extensive experience advocating for pension fund clients on all aspects of matters involving police and fire pension fund legal issues, including trial and appellate matters, administrative review proceedings, disability hearings, and matters involving compliance proceedings before the Illinois Department of Insurance (“IDOI”). Since 1987, Mr. Reimer has served as general counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (“IPPFA”). IPPFA is a not-for-profit organization, consisting of over four hundred Illinois police and firefighter pension funds. Mr. Reimer has taught police and firefighter pension fund training seminars, drafted legislation, and filed several amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs on behalf of IPPFA on various police and firefighter pension fund issues.
Since 1994, Mr. Reimer has served as Board Attorney for the Illinois Professional Firefighters’ Association (“IPFA”). As Board Attorney for IPFA, Mr. Reimer conducts firefighter pension fund training seminars. IPFA is a not-for-profit organization, concentrating on firefighters’ pension benefits. Mr. Reimer is co-author of two publications, the Illinois Police Pension Fund Trustee Handbook (2001 ed.) and the Illinois Firefighters’ Pension Fund Trustee Handbook (1997 ed.). Mr. Reimer’s current clients include approximately two hundred police and firefighter pension boards throughout the State of Illinois.
In addition to the area of practice concentrating in representation of police and firefighter pension funds, Mr. Reimer currently represents more than 50 police and firefighter labor unions. He has extensive experience in representing police officers and firefighters in discipline, collective bargaining, and labor matters. Mr. Reimer also represents police officers and firefighters in civil rights plaintiff and defense cases. Rick has also represented police officers through hundreds of critical incidents, including officer involved shootings, and deaths of subjects in custody.
Mr. Reimer served as a police officer for ten years, holding the ranks of Sergeant and Assistant to the Chief of Police. Rick is also a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. Mr. Reimer served as a member of his municipality’s Police and Fire Commission and served a four-year term as Village Trustee. Mr. Reimer is currently an adjunct instructor at Lewis University, teaching graduate level courses in Public Sector Labor Relations. Mr. Reimer is also an instructor at the IPPFA/Northern Illinois University’s New Trustee Workshop.
The Force Science Institute has certified Mr. Reimer as a certified Force Science Analyst. The Force Science Institute has also certified Mr. Reimer regarding the use of video evidence in use of force scenarios.
Mr. Reimer is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar Member), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Reimer is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Since 2008, Mr. Reimer has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Illinois Roster of Illinois’ Super Lawyers, as published in Chicago Magazine, for excellence in employment and labor law.