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Our team works collaboratively to bring the expertise best suited to our clients' needs.

Dale Atkinson, JD


Dale J. Atkinson is a licensed Illinois attorney who received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and is now the sole managing member of The Atkinson Firm in Northbrook, Illinois. He founded the firm of Atkinson & Atkinson, LLC with his father in 1989, with an emphasis of practice in the area of regulatory law.


Mr. Atkinson represents associations in all matters relating to their operations as not-for-profit corporations, including regulatory activities, education and accreditation, disciplinary actions, model legislation and applications, and all phases of the development and administration of licensure examination programs, licensure transfer programs, licensure credentials verification and storage.


He is a frequent speaker before these association clients as well as other regulatory groups, agencies, and stakeholders, and produces numerous writings on these topics for publication. Mr. Atkinson was involved with the Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards for over 30 years, having served as the Executive Director of FARB for over 21 years, providing educational programs for board members, staff, investigators, and attorneys related to regulation in the interest of public protection. Mr. Atkinson continues to dedicate his career to representing not-for-profit associations that provide essential public protection services.


“'Minds Shared' captures my commitment to the firm, my dedication to client representation, and comprehensive collaboration with the regulatory community and the public served.”


Amy Richardson, JD


Amy Richardson is a licensed attorney and has been practicing at The Atkinson Firm since 2006. She received her law degree from the University of Miami where she was a Miami Scholar and the Executive Director of the school’s Wrongful Convictions Project.


Ms. Richardson represents associations of regulatory boards in all matters relating to their operations, including advising staff and boards of directors, drafting model legislation, and providing counsel on the development and administration of licensure examination programs. She conducts extensive legal research on her clients’ behalves and is a regular speaker at their meetings and those of other stakeholders. She also assists clients with corporate formation and general governance.


Ms. Richardson is a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Trade and Professional Associations Law Committee and is a member of both the Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations. 


“The most important aspect of legal representation is to build a trusting and collaborative relationship with my clients, enabling me to anticipate their needs and be proactive in providing exceptional services.”

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Julia C. Works, JD


Julia C. Works is an attorney in The Atkinson Firm, where she has been practicing since 1998. She received her law degree at the University of Connecticut (J.D. with Honors, 1996) and her BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania (1989) in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to association law, Ms. Works practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and corporate law. Ms. Works is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.

She is also licensed to practice law in Texas and Arkansas.

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