Richard C. Spain

Richard C. Spain


200 West Madison Street
Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Primary Practices

Partner Richard C. Spain concentrates his practice in estate planning, trust matters, real estate, and corporate representation. A founder of the firm, Spain, Spain & Varnet P.C., which joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in 2022, Rick has focused much of his career on servicing the needs of individuals with disabilities. He is especially adept at developing specialized estate plans for the elderly and for families with members who are disabled (injuries acquired at birth or by accident, illness, or hereditary factors). Given his expertise, Rick is a sought-after speaker for several consumer, parent, and professional groups, including presentations for the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois CPA Society, and the American Bar Association.

Rick initially began practicing law in Cleveland, Ohio after earning his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law. He also earned a LL.M. degree in taxation at John Marshall Law School and was an honors graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

In 1982, Rick relocated to and began practicing law in Chicago. Well-ingrained in the Greater Chicago community, Rick is an active volunteer for various not-for-profit organizations. He presently serves on the board of Chikaming Open Lands and is a member of the Committee on Painting and Sculpture of Europe at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been a board member with a dozen different organizations.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He is the author of several articles on estate planning to benefit a beneficiary with disabilities, including one published in The Practical Lawyer. He was also co-author of a manual on Home Control through Estate and Financial Planning, which includes information about the interaction of government benefits, trusts, estate planning, and financing strategies for obtaining and keeping a home. The publication was funded by the Illinois and Missouri Planning Councils on Developmental Disabilities.


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
  • John Marshall Law School, LL.M
  • Lawrence University, B.A.
Community Involvement

Chikaming Open Lands, Board Member, 2018-present; Board President, 2024-present


Art Institute of Chicago, Painting and Sculpture of Europe Committee member


Chikaming Country Club


The Arc of Illinois


The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra


The Hanover Condominium Association


The Old Masters Society of the Art Institute of Chicago


The Singing Angels of Northeastern Ohio


Trustees of Reservations


Young Audiences of Chicago


Fairmount Theater of the Deaf


Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio


State of Illinois


State of Massachusetts

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association


American Bar Association


Academy of Special Needs Planners