Protecting Employers Since 1985

Richard H. Wessels

Founder, Senior Shareholder
Chairman of the Board

(630) 377-1554

RICHARD WESSELS is the founder of Wessels Sherman. He has practiced management-side labor and employment law since 1967.


St. Charles, Illinois

Bar Admissions

Since its founding in 1985, Wessels Sherman has represented management exclusively in labor and employment law matters. The firm’s client base is nationwide and covers a wide spectrum of industries. Offices are maintained in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Richard Wessels’ professional highlights include:

  • Top officer-level labor law positions with two major corporations.
  • Former chairman of labor committee for Washington D.C. based Associated General Merchandise Chains (AGMC).
  • Founder of Wessels Sherman in 1985.
  • Listed annually in numerous “top attorney” and “super lawyer” publications including the highest level Martindale-Hubbell rating.
  • Named by national publication as a “Leading Illinois Attorney” through peer selection. This distinction is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys in the state of Illinois.
  • Undergraduate degree from Knox College. Law school at both Northwestern University and DePaul University with a J.D. degree from DePaul in 1967. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
  • Past President and Board Member of numerous civic and social organizations.

Mr. Wessels is particularly proud of the recognition of Wessels Sherman as an entity by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. Beginning in 1999 and each year thereafter, Martindale-Hubbell has given Wessels Sherman its highest rating and included the firm in their Bar Register. The Bar Register is limited to only the country’s most distinguished law practices.

Although Mr. Wessels handles a variety of labor and employment law cases, his primary focus is dealing with labor unions, either on behalf of union-free companies or where unions already have representation rights. Mr. Wessels has handled cases involving nearly all international unions for companies throughout the United States

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Unions
  • Union Free
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Arbitration
  • Picketing/Secondary Boycotts
  • Construction Industry Labor Law (8(f) contracts)
  • Unfunded Pension Liability
  • NLRB
  • Trust Fund Audits
  • Prevailing Wage Law
  • Construction Industry Double Breasting
  • Decertification and RM Petitions
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    Mr. Wessels is particularly proud of the firm’s unlimited Telephone Consultation Program. This Program has been a part of our client services since 1985.
    Mr. Wessels is particularly proud of the firm’s unlimited Telephone Consultation Program. This Program has been a part of our client services since 1985.


    DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    • Juris Doctor

    Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

    • Bachelor’s Degree

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Washington, DC-Based Association of General Merchandise Chains (AGMC), Former Chairman of Labor Committee
    • Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, National Labor Relations Board Liaison Subcommittee
    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Iowa State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association, Committee on Labor and Employment Law

    Classes and Seminars

    Mr. Wessels regularly does client seminars on various labor law issues, primarily issues involving labor unions. Here is a partial listing:

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