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Trisha Rich

Trisha Rich

Host of @theBar

Trisha Rich is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office, where she practices commercial litigation and professional responsibility law. Outside of the office, she is active in a number of community, philanthropic, political, and bar-related groups, including the Chicago Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Trish holds a B.B.A. and a M.A., both from Western Michigan University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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September 27, 2023

The World’s Most Famous Doll (Who Shall Remain Nameless for Legal Reasons) Goes to Court to Protect Her Brand

With the success of Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster movie, we are once again living in a doll’s world. Toymaker Mattel has long had a reputation for aggressively defending its Barbie-related...

August 25, 2023

The Right to Repair Your Stuff with Gay Gordon-Byrne

Nearly every person has had the frustrating experience of being told that an appliance or piece of electronic equipment cannot be repaired.  Why are we told that a laptop cannot be repaired...

June 22, 2023

Not Your Average Wellness Podcast for Lawyers

As the saying goes, if you don’t make time for your health now, you’ll be forced to make time for your health problems later. In this episode, hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha...

February 10, 2023

The Tylenol Murders: Discussing New Evidence in the Unsolved Case

In fall 1982, seven people in the Chicagoland area died after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules, and no one knew why or who might be next. Law enforcement quickly determined that the poisoned...

November 30, 2022

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy (Rebroadcast)

@theBar wishes to honor the career of retired Cook County judge William J. “Bill” Kunkle Jr. after his recent passing by re-broadcasting our interview with him about his experience as the chief...

November 17, 2022

Starved Rock Murders: The Case for Chester Weger’s Innocence

In March 1960, Illinois Starved Rock State Park became the site of the brutal murder and possible sexual assault of three middle-aged women who were visiting the park from nearby Chicago. Authorities...

October 19, 2022

Legal Ghost Stories with Author-Historian Adam Selzer

In this special Halloween episode, @theBar gets into the spooky spirit with author-historian, podcaster and tour guide Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago. Adam regales hosts Trisha Rich and Maggie Mendenhall Casey with...

August 17, 2022

Mass Shooting in Highland Park: An Interview with Mayor Nancy Rotering and Corporation Counsel Steve Elrod

On the morning of July 4, 2022, thousands of people were gathered to watch the annual Independence Day Parade in the suburban community of Highland Park, Illinois, when a gunman opened fire...

July 14, 2022

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: A Conversation with Michelle Wetzel General Counsel of Planned Parenthood of Illinois

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which held that the Constitution of the United States does not confer the...

May 26, 2022

War in Ukraine: Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman Discusses the Law of War

In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Trisha Rich are joined by Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman, who served as a deputy legal advisor on the National Security Council (NSC) and came...

May 18, 2022

War in Ukraine: Immigration Attorney Andy Semotiuk Discusses the Humanitarian Crisis

In this edition, host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by immigration attorney, author, Forbes contributor, and former UN correspondent, Andy Semotiuk, to discuss the history of the conflict between...

March 30, 2022

@theBar from the Mailbag

Listen to the first-ever mailbag episode of CBA’s @theBar! Host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by co-hosts Trisha Rich, Maggie Mendenhall Casey and Jennifer Byrne for a conversation that is even more unscripted than...

January 12, 2022

An Interview with Amanda Knox: Beyond Did She or Didn’t She

Amanda Knox sheds light on the issues of wrongful conviction and criminal justice reform.

October 21, 2021

The ‘Dr. Death’ Edition: A Conversation with Dallas D.A. Michelle Shughart about the crimes and prosecution of Christopher Duntsch

Take a look behind-the-scenes look at the criminal prosecution of the man known as "Dr. Death", Christopher Duntsch.

June 30, 2021

The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion Edition

In this edition, guest host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by public relations and legal marketing expert Debra Pickett of Page 2 Communications for a discussion about how lawyers...

April 15, 2021

The Speaking of Speakers Edition: A Discussion with Illinois’ New House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

New Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Emanuel "Chris" Welch became the first Black lawmaker to hold the position. He joins the show to talk about his story, goals and plans...

February 18, 2021

The Smartmatic v. Fox News Edition

Erik Connolly discusses his $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell and others, on behalf of his client, Smartmatic.

February 12, 2020

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy (Rebroadcast)

William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor, gives our listeners a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown”.

January 29, 2020

The Revolution Edition: A Live-Audience Conversation with Josh Deth, Founder of Revolution Brewing

Josh Deth talks about his journey from brewing beer in his garage to founding one of the most successful independent breweries in the United States.

July 3, 2019

The Chocolate Covered Edition

Valerie Beck talks about the world of craft, artisan chocolate and Valerie’s Chocolate Freedom Project, which is committed to ending child slave labor in the chocolate industry.

May 8, 2019

The Chief Justices Edition

Dan Cotter, lawyer, historian, and author, discusses the history of the handful of jurists who have lead the Supreme Court.

February 6, 2019

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy

William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor, gives our listeners a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown”.

October 3, 2018

The Amanda Knox Again Edition: An Interview with the Defense Team

Carlo Dalla Vedova and Alex Guittieres give a behind-the-scenes look at the Amanda Knox trial that gripped the world.