Richard W. Porter is a retired corporate partner with a wide-ranging practice that represented public companies, private companies and private equity firms, primarily in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and financings. He counseled clients on multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions and restructurings in and out of bankruptcy, as well as private equity firms and private companies operating in the middle and distressed markets on growth equity investments, acquisitions, financings, dispositions and restructurings. Drawing on his eclectic background in government, business and consulting, our clients have found Richard to be a valuable resource and practical counselor, particularly in transactions involving unique challenges, such as joint ventures, regulatory difficulties or restructurings. Richard has been active in the financial services, business services, health care, media and industrial end-markets, but has also represented clients in unique situations, such as the FCC, in the allocation of spectrum rights.

Representative Clients

Arsenal Capital Partners, Chicago Cubs, CIVC Partners, DexMedia, Inc., Epiq Systems, Madison Dearborn Partners, Monomoy Capital Partners, Maxum Petroleum, Inc., Nuveen Investments, R1 RCM, Inc., Waud Capital, Wynnchurch Capital


Memberships & Affiliations

National Committeeman for Illinois, Republican National Committee

Member, Illinois State Police Merit Board

Board of Directors, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Board of Directors, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Member, Economic Club of Chicago

Member, American Council on Germany

Member, American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Member, New York Bar Association

Member, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's Bipartisan Federal Judicial Review Commission

Board of Directors, Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago chapter, 2007-2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1987Illinois
  • 2009New York


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors1986

    Order of the Coif

    John Olin Prize for Law and Economics Excellence

    John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics

    Member and Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

  • Middlebury CollegeB.A., Philosophy & Russian Historymagna cum laude1981
    Phi Beta Kappa