Randall S. Rapp

Kozacky & Weitzel P.C.
55 West Monroe Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60603


Areas Of Practice

Partnership Disputes
Real Estate


Randy joined Kozacky & Weitzel, P.C., as Of Counsel on November 1, 2010.  From 1976 to 2000, Randy was a trial lawyer with Wilson & McIlvaine and then Foley & Lardner, both in Chicago.  Since 2000, he was General Counsel, Vice President - Corporate Services & Secretary of Woods Equipment Company, a national, mid-sized manufacturing and distribution company.  Randy has been an arbitrator since 1995 with the American Arbitration Association and is a mediator and arbitrator with Resolute Systems, LLC.

As an officer and in-house counsel at Woods, Randy was responsible for all legal affairs, corporate governance, human resources and payroll, product safety, product liability and workplace safety.  As a member of the executive management team, he was involved in all aspects of the business including multiple financings, restructuring, plant closings, leasing, plant construction, commercial contracts, business contraction and business expansion.

During his nearly 35 years of legal practice, he has been an advocate and counselor in public and private real property transactions and disputes (including acquisition, financing, leasing, design, construction, testing, surety, design defects, claims, building codes and standards and environmental issues); product liabilty; employment law; professional services; commercial finance; business restructuring; mergers and acquisitions; real estate agency; dealer and distribution law; unfair competition; intellectual property litigation; international law; and not-for-profit governance, funding and management.

His practice in alternative dispute resolution includes neutral or advocate in numerous construction and commercial disputes involving all aspects of construction (e.g., design, construction, liens, defects and claims) and many other commercial issues (e.g., contracts, product liabilty, antitrust and professional services).

Professional Employment


  • Resolute Systems, LLC, Mediator and Arbitrator (December 1, 2010 - present)(Resolutesystems.com)
  • Kozacky & Weitzel, P.C., Chicago, IL, Of Counsel (November 1, 2010 - present)
  • American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration Panel (1995 - present)(adr.org)
  • Woods Equipment Company, Oregon, IL - General Counsel, Vice President - Corporate Services & Secretary (2000 - 2010)
  • Foley & Lardner, Chicago, IL - Partner (1988 - 2000)
  • Wilson & McIlvaine, Chicago, IL - Partner (1984-88); Associate (1976-1984)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law - Adjunct Instructor, International Law (1980)

Professional Licenses/Admissions

  • Illinois Bar (1976)
  • United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1976) and Trial Bar (1983)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1977)

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • McHenry County (Illinois) Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation


  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 1973 (magna cum laude)
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1976 (Order of the Coif)

Select Professional Activities

  • Beeson's McHenry County Nursery, Member, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2010
  • Alden Township Planning Commission, Alden, Member, 1995 - present (Chairman, 1995 - 1997)
  • The Immigration Project, Bloomington, IL, Board of Directors, 1997 - present (Past President & Secretary)
  • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Inc., Board of Directors, 1989 - 2000

ADR Training

  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training, October 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 40 Hour Mediator/Arbitrator Training, October 2010
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, February 2009
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Neutrals Conference, Maximizing Efficiency in Dispute Resolution, 2012; AAA Construction Conference, ADR Works, 2008; AAA, Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2008; AAA Neutrals Conference, 2006 & 2004; AAA, Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 2005; AAA Arbitrator Update, 2004 & 2002; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2004; AAA, Construction Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; AAA, Arbitrator I: Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 1997; AAA, Basic Arbitrator Training, 1995

Kozacky & Weitzel, P.C.

55 West Monroe Street

Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-696-0900

Fax: 312-696-0905

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