DeKalb County State's Attorney Candidate, Rick Amato



Rick was raised in Addison, Illinois. He is a 1992 graduate of Addison Trail High School, where he was very involved in athletics. After playing one year of college football at a small college, Rick completed his degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University in 1996. Upon graduation, he worked in corporate sales with AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Looking to further his education, in January 2000, he enrolled in law school at The John Marshall Law School. Rick believes in giving back to the community in which he came from and he coached high school football at his alma mater from the time he graduated college until the completion of his law degree in 2003.

While attending John Marshall, Rick worked several jobs in addition to his coaching. He spent two years working as a law clerk with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he began to learn about the criminal justice system. He was especially impacted by the time he spent working in the domestic violence courtroom where he learned that consistent communication is essential to helping victims.

Upon graduating law school, Rick was hired in May of 2003 as an assistant state’s attorney in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office. While serving as an assistant state’s attorney, Rick prosecuted thousands of cases and conducted hundreds of motions, trials and jury trials.

In 2005, Rick co-founded the Law Offices of Amato and Sheen, P.C. The office started as two small satellite offices in Sycamore and Yorkville. Rick began by personally representing clients in Boone, DeKalb, Kendall, Ogle and Winnebago Counties. Through hard work, vision and strategic planning, Rick has been able to grow the firm into one of the largest criminal defense firms in DeKalb County. Further, the office has grown into three fully operational law offices. Currently the firms employ six attorneys, five full time legal secretaries, and four part time administrative assistants. Finally, Rick is very proud to be able to offer legal services to clients in Boone, Carroll, Champaign, DeKalb, Grundy, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Stephenson, Tazewell and Winnebago counties.

Rick and his wife Renee, who is a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, were married in 2005. Rick met Renee O’Donnell while they were working in the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2003. Renee worked at the State’s Attorney’s Office as the Victim/Witness Assistant for 6 ½ years until 2010. They reside in Sycamore with their two children.