Richard H. Casper



Richard H. Casper is a partner and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Since 1975, he has acted as a counselor on the full spectrum of commercial matters affecting businesses, including licensing, purchasing/selling, lending, distribution/agency and bankruptcy. His clients include manufacturers and vendors of a diverse array of goods and services, including agricultural implements, food and other consumer products, printing, software, tools, electronic equipment and manufacturing equipment. Rich is a member of the firm's Finance & Financial Institutions Practice and is former chair of the Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Practice. He is also a member of the firm’s Distribution & Franchise Practice and the Food & Beverage Industry Team.

Representative Experience

  • $80 B milk output supply contract
  • Joint research and development agreement with IBM
  • Reciprocal farm implement distribution agreement between U.S. and European manufacturers

Thought Leadership

Rich frequently makes presentations to trade and lawyers groups on commercial contracts, sales law, distribution, bankruptcy and antitrust law. He is the general editor of, and authored the chapter on United States distribution law for International Agency and Distribution Agreements (2010), published by LexisNexis, and wrote chapters on commissioned agency agreements in the Commerce Clearing House treatise Product Distribution Law Guide (2009) and the Practical Law Company International Sales and Marketing Practice Manual (2010).


  • Peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (1987-2023)


A 1972 magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, Rich received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University in 1975. He was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served on the editorial board of the Northwestern University Law Review.


  • Wisconsin