Hon. Richard Felice

Circuit Court Judge, DuPage County


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Judge Felice’s 40-year practice began with the firm of Laraia & Kilander, where Richard concentrated in domestic relations and litigation until forming his own firm in 1986. During this time, Felice tried hundreds of criminal and civil cases, including jury trials and an appellate practice involving numerous family law cases.

Over his long, distinguished legal career, Felice acted as a conflict attorney in juvenile cases in DuPage County and had served as a Guardian ad Litem in family law cases, disabled person cases, and adoption cases. Judge Felice’s broad experience led him to be qualified as an expert in family law legal malpractice in the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.

Felice’s distinguished professional record led to an appointment by United States Federal District Court for Northern District to the Illinois Merit Selection Committee to select Federal Magistrate Judges for Northern District. Judge Felice was also appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to three terms (9 years) on the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. Additionally, Richard was appointed by Illinois’ General Assembly to the Family-Law Study Committee.

An active member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Judge Felice served as president of the organization from 2014 to 2015, a position Richard held in recognition of his support by Illinois attorneys and as a result of his understanding of legal issues affecting attorneys and the public at large. Prior to becoming ISBA President, Judge Felice was elected to the Board of Governors, as a Director and Secretary, and served on a variety of committees including liaison and member of the Family Law Section Council, served on the Scope and Correlation Committee, and on the Special Committee on the Future of the Courts Conference. Judge Felice was also a member of the ISBA’s Task Force on Attorneys for Children.

Locally, Judge Felice’s professional leadership includes President of the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) and service as a DCBA Director and Chairman of the DCBA Judiciary Committee. Other highlights of Richard’s work supporting the bar include serving as President of the DuPage County Bar Foundation; Board Member of the Illinois Bar Foundation; and twice as Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Representatives. Additionally, Felice is a former President of the DuPage Justinian Society of Lawyers and helped raise funds to fight cancer when Chairman of the 1998 Justinian Cancer Ball. He has further served as a Director of the Illinois Mutual Insurance Company from 2011-2019, acted as Chairman of the Mutual, and served as the Chairman of the Finance Section.

Judge Felice has been honored with the DuPage County Bar Association Ralph Gabric Award for Professional Excellence in addition to being named a “Top Ten” Family Law Attorney in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Designated a Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Richard is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counselors, comprised of the Nation’s Top 1% of practicing attorneys; is highly recommended by the DuPage County Bar Association; and received the Lawyers Assistance Program Executive Directors Award in 2015 for his work supporting attorneys in need of assistance.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and Northern District Court in 1979, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, Judge Felice received his bachelor’s from Loyola University, Chicago, with honors and his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University, formerly Lewis University College of Law, with honors. In 2014, Judge Felice was awarded Alumnus of the Year by NIU’s Law Alumni Council.

Richard calls Wheaton, Illinois home, where he has lived with his wife of 40 years, Marnell, raised their son Dan, and where Judge Felice has practiced law since 1979.