Richard A. Sirus

Richard A. Sirus


Richard A. Sirus focuses his practice on corporate, transactional, tax, employee benefits, executive compensation and health law. He represents clients ranging from publicly traded companies to Taft-Hartley Benefit Funds, including sole proprietorships and executives, providing counsel on general corporate, planning and fiduciary matters, with broad experience in the design, preparation, implementation and administration of retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), health plans, executive compensation arrangements and fringe benefit programs. He consults regularly with clients regarding fiduciary responsibility and liability matters. Recently, Rich has spent a considerable amount of time speaking and working with clients on matters related to the new U.S. Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule. He also represents and consults with executives in the assessment, negotiation and preparation of employment arrangements and agreements, including compensation and bonus packages, option and equity arrangements, benefits programs, and termination arrangements.

Rich works with taxable and tax-exempt organizations, including consultation regarding multiple and multiemployer plan matters. He has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He has also served as an expert witness on fiduciary liability and claims issues.


  • Corporate and transactional
  • Employee benefits
  • Executive compensation
  • Health law





  • Represented Healthsense, Inc., a leading provider of aging services technologies in connection with its acquisition by merger of WellAware Systems, Inc., a provider of vital wellness monitoring systems.
  • Representation of Brentwood Associates in the acquisition of Soft Surroundings, a direct marketer and specialty retailer of branded apparel, accessories, beauty products and home furnishings.
  • Representation of administrative agent and lead lender in providing a unitranche asset-based $55 million credit facility to a global print and online media company and its subsidiaries.
  • Certified Public Accountant

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment - Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans - Design, 2019
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2006-2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2010-2019
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2014
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Illinois CPA Society/Foundation


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1982
  • B.B.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1980
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court