Kirk Dillard

Partner at Locke Lord LLP

Kirk Dillard

Kirk Dillard

Partner at Locke Lord LLP

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Kirk Dillard concentrates his practice in business and governmental relations, and in the representation of manufacturers in product liability prevention and litigation. He is currently the Chairman of the Regional Transit Authority in metropolitan Chicago – the nation’s second largest mass transit system with assets of nearly $150 billion and over two million daily riders. He also serves as the Independent Chair of the privately owned Chicago Skyway Toll Road.

Before he left the Firm at the invitation of Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to become his Chief of Staff in 1991, his governmental experience included the Governor’s Medical Malpractice Task Force and the site selection commission for a third Chicagoland airport. Dillard Co-Chaired Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Infrastructure Transition Team in 2015. He had served as Director of Legislative Affairs to former Governor James R. Thompson, and he was a Court of Claims Judge from 1987 to 1991.

In 1994, Sen. Dillard was elected an Illinois State Senator representing Chicagoland’s western suburbs, before stepping down from the Senate after nearly 20 years of service in 2014. He was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Rules Committee, and he served on the Licensed Activities & Energy and Environment Committees. Sen. Dillard was also Chairman of the Senate High-Technology Task Force and a member of the “Illinois Coalition,” a corporate, academic and governmental board that works to strengthen the Illinois economy through the advancement of science and technology.

Among his honors, Sen. Dillard was named to “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” by Crain’s Chicago Business, and he received the Civil Justice Achievement Award from the American Tort Reform Association, Board of Directors Award of the DuPage County Bar Association, and "Friends of Fairness Award" from the IL Civil Justice League. Sen. Dillard has been named an "Illinois Super Lawyer" and to the "Leading Lawyers Network" by his peers and was inducted into the “Legislative Staff Hall of Fame” by the University of Illinois and Illinois Issues magazine.

He is a frequent speaker throughout the U.S. on transportation infrastructure, tort reform and civil justice. He is also a frequent author of newspaper, bar journal, and law review columns and articles. His scholarly writings have been cited multiple times by the Illinois Supreme Court and are on the "Recommended Reading" List of the National Law Journal.

Sen. Dillard has served as an Instructor in legal writing, research, and moot court at the DePaul University College of Law. He has also served as a lecturer on “Legislation and Statutory Interpretation” at both Loyola University, Chicago and DePaul University law schools. He currently is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of DePaul University College of Law and a mentor to the Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

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Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, fund formation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, private equity and venture capital, public finance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.

Chief of Staff
1991 - Prior
Director of Legislative Affairs
Prior
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Member, Board of Commissioners
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Member, Board of Directors
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Chairman, Board of Directors
2014 - Current
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