Founding Member

Richard J. Tarulis is a founding member of the firm, and was a partner in the predecessor law firm of Brooks, Adams and Tarulis from 1990 – 2010. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate, litigation and local government law. He graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1987, and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts. Before law school, Rick served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years.

Rick is presently the Lisle Township Supervisor, a Republican Precinct Committeeman, and a member of numerous civic and legal organizations. Rick and his wife Nancy were married in Okinawa, Japan. They live in Naperville and have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Speaking on behalf of the DuPage Community Foundation



Law Licenses

Juris Doctor May, 1987
Northern Illinois University College of Law
DeKalb, Illinois

  • Member, Moot Court Society
  • Student Rep., Illinois State Bar Association
  • Treasurer, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • Volunteer Tax Preparer, IRS VITA Program

Bachelor of Science, Electronics Management December, 1983
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois (extension at Yuma, Arizona)

Associate of Arts, Data Processing October, 1979
Los Angeles Community College
Los Angeles, California (extension at Okinawa, Japan)

Brooks, Tarulis & Tibble, LLC 2010-present
Brooks, Adams and Tarulis 1996-2010
James, Brooks, Adams and Tarulis 1990-1996
Naperville, Illinois

  • Primarily practice local government law, including school, park, and township law, and estate planning and probate, including special needs trusts. Numerous trials and appeals.

Supreme Court of the State of Illinois  1987-present
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois  1987-present
Supreme Court of the United States  2007-present

Professional Associations

Pro Bono / Community Service

Elected Offices

American Bar Association 1986-present
Illinois State Bar Association 1984-present
Illinois Association of School Attorneys 1989-1996
Illinois Township Attorneys Association 1990-present
DuPage County Bar Association 1987-present

  • (Secretary, Probate Law Committee) 1989-1993
  • (Chairman, Local Government Committee) 1995-1996

Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity 1984-present

President, Township Officials of DuPage County 2007-present
Chairman, IL Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw Campaign Committee 2002-present
Parliamentarian, Lisle Township Republican Organization 1996-present
Treasurer, IL Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw Campaign Committee 1995-present
Finance Committee, IL Senator Chris Lauzen 1993-present
Extended member, DuPage County Board of Review 1990-1991
Treasurer, Naperville Veterans Memorial Committee 1989-present
Local counsel, Cantigny War Museum 1988-present

Township Clerk, Lisle Township 2002-present
Township Trustee, Lisle Township 2000-2002
Republican Precinct Committeeman, Lisle Township 1994-present

Reported Decisions

  • Allegis Realty Investors v. Naperville Township Road District,
    223 Ill.2d 318, 307 Ill.Dec. 592, 860 N.E.2d 246 (Ill. 2006)
  • City of Warrenville v. John Lotus Novak and Naperville Community Unit School Dist.
    203, 355 Ill.App.3d 714, 291 Ill.Dec. 751, 824 N.E.2d 327 (2nd Dist. 2005)
  • Allegis Realty Investors v. Naperville Township Road District,
    356 Ill.App.3d 887, 292 Ill.Dec. 956, 827 N.E.2d 485 (2nd Dist. 2005)
  • Estate of Smida v. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund,
    353 Ill.App.3d 551, 289 Ill.Dec. 699, 820 N.E.2d 475 (2nd Dist. 2004)
  • Ceres One Corp. v. Naperville Township Road District,
    343 Ill.App.3d 382, 278 Ill.Dec. 179, 797 N.E.2d 1097 (2nd Dist. 2003)
  • ABN Amro Services, Inc. v. Naperville Park District,
    325 Ill.App.3d 7, 258 Ill.Dec. 463, 756 N.E.2d 445 (2nd Dist. 2001)
  • Board of Library Trustees of the Village of Westmont v. Cinco Construction,
    276 Ill.App.3d 417, 213 Ill.Dec. 3, 658 N.E.2d 473 (1st Dist. 1995)
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County v. Department of Revenue,
    266 Ill.App.3d 264, 203 Ill.Dec. 566, 639 N.E.2d 1385 (2nd Dist. 1994)