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Roger  H. Bickel, Roger H.

Roger H. Bickel

Freeborn & Peters LLP
Chicago, IL
(312) 360-6377

Practice Areas

  • Administrative/Regulatory
  • Business Services
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Economic Development
  • Gaming
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Investigations
  • Land Use/Zoning
  • Manufacturing
  • Media/Entertainment
  • Public Finance and Incentives
  • Transportation


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J. D.
  • Indiana University, B. A. (Honors Degree)

Professional Experience

Roger H. Bickel is a Partner in the Government and Regulatory Law Practice Group and his areas of focus include: Government Relations and Regulatory Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Lobbying & Corporate Representation and Procurement Advocacy.

Mr. Bickel has over two decades of experience in representing a wide array of clients in complex regulatory law matters and commercial litigation. Often retained for some of the most challenging regulatory issues facing clients, his professional experience includes: general counsel to two separate constitutional offices of State Government, co-author of the landmark Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act, executive director of the 1984-86 Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council, director of the 1983-84 Republican Caucus of National Lieutenant Governors, and Special Regulatory Counsel to numerous human service agencies.

Mr. Bickel enjoys the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell legal ability/ethical standards rating (“A-V”). In 2000, he was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer publications as one of the “40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch,” a designation accorded to fewer than 1% of the state’s practicing attorneys.

From 2004 through 2012, Mr. Bickel was selected by his own peers in a statewide evaluation as one of “Illinois’ Leading Lawyers” in regulatory law representation, a distinction accorded to less than 5% of the state’s most respected and experienced practicing attorneys. He was again named one of the top lawyers in Illinois in the 2005 - 2011 issues of Chicago Lawyer magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.

Most recently, Mr. Bickel was selected by his peers to be included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Government Relations Law, a designation he has continuously received since 2007. The Best Lawyers in America, representing 80 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, DC, is compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

For four years, Mr. Bickel has also served by appointment with the Department of Justice as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in securities law cases. He has represented numerous professional and trade associations, governmental bodies and individuals before the General Assembly, and the many regulatory agencies of Illinois and the Federal Government.

In business litigation, he has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, partnerships, small businesses, universities, and directors and officers in breach of contract claims, regulatory matters, significant enforcement of judgment suits (i.e. overseas assets), negligence claims, civil rights and constitutional claims, environmental and securities enforcement matters, and a variety of other claims and trials.
Mr. Bickel is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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“First, let me say THANK YOU for your invitation to speak at the State Law Resources meetings this year. I sincerely enjoyed the event and made some good contacts for Cerner. You all were extremely kind and hospitable. Thank you for everything. ”

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Client/Speaker, 2016 SLR Spring Meeting