Firm History

State of the Art Legal Services Based on a Tradition of Excellence 

Founded in 1938 by Bertram E. Rathje and John S. Woodward, Rathje & Woodward, LLC has remained committed to providing top-quality legal services to individuals, businesses and municipalities, who are in need of sound legal counsel, throughout Illinois and across the nation.

Our law firm continues to build on its strong foundation with an experienced team of attorneys who have the skills and knowledge to anticipate the legal needs of the communities it serves.

As a full service law firm committed to resolving the specific legal challenges our clients face, Rathje & Woodward, LLC continues to represent clients across various practice areas, including:

Rathje & Woodward, LLC has played a significant role in building the DuPage community. We are proud to say we have continued to honor our commitment to public service in a way that sets us apart from our competitors.

Our Past Continues to Shape Our Future

Today, we follow the examples of civic responsibility set by our predecessors. Bertram E. Rathje was the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of DuPage County. Prior to becoming a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, his son, Louis Rathje, served as a Judge in the Circuit Court of DuPage County and the Second Appellate District.

Founding member, John S. Woodward, formerly served as the President of the DuPage County Bar Association, and Alfred Woodward was a Judge of the Circuit Court of DuPage County and the Second Appellate District. Robert Dyer was a prominent member of the law firm and was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Our history and the mix of generations of lawyers working at Rathje & Woodward, LLC allows us to uphold our reputation for being a law firm with traditions of excellence and a focus on the future.

Contact Rathje & Woodward, LLC to learn more about our practice groups and how we can help you. Call 630-668-8500 today.

RATHJE & WOODWARD, LLC
300 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187
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