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Robert Patrick CUMMINS


ROBERT CUMMINS, American Lawyer, Partner of BICKEL & BREWER, specializing in the field of Civil Trial and Appellate Litigation in State and Federal Courts. Commercial, Corporate, Antitrust, Securities. Fraud, Trade Regulation, Labor and Employment, International, Banking, Environmental, Bankruptcy, Professional Liability, Patent Infringement, Entertainment. White Collar Crime, and Intellectual Property Litigation.


Cummins, Robert Patrick was born on March 17, 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Son of John Francis and Ruth Elizabeth (Duffy) Cummins.


Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in E.E., with distinction, 1958). De Paul University (Juris Doctor, 1962). Eta Kappa Nu; Tau Beta Pi.

Member, DePaul University Law Review, 1961-1962. Appointed Special Counsel Chicago Bar Association in Black Panther Case, 1970 and Supreme Court, Committee on Character and Fitness, First District, 1972-1974. Member, Governing Board, Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, 1971-1973.

Lecturer, Trial Practice, John Marshall Law School, 1973-1974. Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law, since 1979. Gubernatorial Appointee as Member, 1979 and Chairman, 1980-1987, Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.

Member, Review Board, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1973-1980. Member, Board of Directors, Criminal Justice Project of Cook County, since 1987. Board Member, Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc., since 1979.

Member, Dean’s Visiting Committee, De Paul University Law School, 1982-1987. Member, De Paul University Law School Advisory Council, since 1987. Member, Performance Assistance Committee, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, since 1982.

Board Member, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., 1982-1987.


Partner Hume, Clement et al., Chicago, 1963-1976. Founding partner Cummins, Decker & Webb, 1976-1981. Partner Burditt & Calkins, 1981-1982.

Founding partner R.P. Cummins Professional Corporation, 1982-1985. Vice president, trial counsel Motorola, Inc., 1982-1985. Partner Katten, Muchin & Zavis, 1985-1988, Bickel & Brewer, Chicago, since 1988.

Member governing board Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, 1971-1973. Member performance assistance committee United States District Court Illinois, 1982-1987. Lecturer trial practice John Marshall Law School, 1973-1974.

Lecturer Loyola University School Law, since 1979. Member dean's visiting committee DePaul University Law School, since 1982, advisory council, since 1987. Member Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, 1979-1987, chairman, 1980-1987.

Member review board Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois Supreme Court, 1973-1980. Barrister Wigmore chapter American Inns of Court, since 1987. Board directors Criminal Justice Project of Cook County, Special Commission on Administration of Justice, since 1987.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Member editorial board DePaul University Law Review, 1961-1962.


Board directors, president Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, since 1979. Board directors Lawyers Assistance Program, since 1979, Legal Clinic for Disabled, since 1982, Center States Institute Addiction, since 1983. Served with United States Marine Corps, 1952-1954.

Member Chicago Bar Association (board managers 1978-1980), Illinois Bar Association (board governors 1972-1977, vice chairman task force on professionalism since 1987), American Bar Association (standing committee on professional discipline 1981-1987, chairman 1983-1987, co-chairman joint committee professional sanctions 1984-1987, standing committee on lawyer competence since 1987, vice chairman litigation section professional responsibility committee since 1987), Bar Association 7th Federal Circuit, American Judicature Society (board directors since 1985), Chicago Council Lawyers (executive vice president 1972, board directors 1972-1973), Law Club Chicago, Legal Club Chicago, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Deborah Bolda. Children– Michael, Patrick, Peter, Shannon, Ann, Molly.

John Francis Cummins

Ruth Elizabeth (Duffy) Cummins

Deborah Bolda

Michael Cummins

Patrick Cummins

Peter Cummins

Shannon Cummins

Ann Cummins

Molly Cummins