Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Roger Bickel, a Partner, serves as Chairman of the Firm's Government and Regulatory Law Practice Group.
Roger's practice concentrates in the areas of: Government Relations and Regulatory Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Lobbying & Corporate Representation and Procurement Advocacy.
Roger 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 Governor's Small Business Advisory Council, Director of the Caucus of National Lieutenant Governors, and Special Regulatory Counsel to numerous human service agencies and multinational businesses.
Roger enjoys the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell legal ability/ethical standards rating ("A-V"). He was previously 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 less than 1% of the state's practicing attorneys.
From 2004 through 2020, Roger 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 has been featured as one of the top designated lawyers in Illinois in numerous editions of Chicago Lawyer magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, including 2020.
Most recently, Roger was named by his peers in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® as the “2021 Chicago Lawyer of the Year” for Government Relations Practice. He has been selected by Best Lawyer in America for designation continuously each year 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, Roger 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 the state of Illinois, the City of Chicago 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.
Roger served on the Firm's Executive Committee for nine