Richard T. Petesch, senior attorney at Whitt Law LLC, has been with the firm since 1990 and has represented school districts and other taxing bodies throughout Illinois since 1983, with an emphasis on litigation. He has significant experience answering the legal questions school districts face on a daily basis, including constitutional law questions, special education issues, union matters and employment issues, student residency and discipline issues, school funding matters, FOIA and Open Meetings Act requirements, and intergovernmental relations.
Mr. Petesch regularly represents school districts in administrative forums including the Illinois State Board of Education (special education due process complaints and teacher dismissals), the EEOC, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and Illinois Department of Labor, and frequently handles union grievance appeals before arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Petesch’s courtroom litigation experience includes the prosecution and the defense of eminent domain cases, defense of employment discrimination and retaliation claims, insurance defense matters, and bidding and construction litigation. He has considerable experience in helping districts acquire school sites by purchase and/or eminent domain and then assisting in all legal matters associated with school construction, including zoning approvals, bidding issues, insurance disputes, construction contract negotiations and warranty claims.
Mr. Petesch frequently represents school district’s and other taxing bodies affected by TIF districts and has acted as lead counsel in two published appellate court decisions where unlawful TIF districts were struck down.
Mr. Petesch also acts as a hearing officer in student disciplinary matters and as an investigator into employee misconduct. In addition to education law, he represents individuals in real estate transactions, the drafting of wills and trusts, and probate matters.
He volunteers as a pro-bono attorney on behalf of CASA Kane County and is most proud of his work on the home-front, where he and his wife enjoy spending quality time with their children and grandchildren.