Chase A. Rich – Associate

Chase A. Rich began working with Craig & Craig, LLC in the Mattoon Office as a clerk in August 2020 while he was studying for the October 2020 bar exam. After passing the bar, Mr. Rich began working as an Associate Attorney in January 2021.

Mr. Rich graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law on May 8, 2020. He passed the Illinois Bar Exam given in October 2020, and he took his oath as a member of the Illinois Bar on January 14, 2021.

While in law school, Mr. Rich was a member of the Advanced Appellate Moot Court team. This team engaged in competitions arguing new and emerging questions of law all over the country. Mr. Rich also represented his class as an elected representative to the Student Bar Association for all three years of his law school career.

During the summers of 2018 and 2019, Mr. Rich was a law clerk for the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm that specializes in defending religious freedom at no cost to its clients. Mr. Rich was also a member of the Newman Catholic Student Center in Carbondale and assisted in the creation of and participated in student programs regarding faith formation.

Mr. Rich received his Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in paralegal studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2017. While there, Mr. Rich minored in political science with a focus on constitutional law. Mr. Rich was on the Dean’s List; a member of the University Honors Program; and became a member of the Lambda Epsilon Chi Paralegal Honor Society. While in school, Mr. Rich interned as a paralegal for the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office and assisted with the prosecution of a wide range of criminal offenses, including two murder trials. 

Mr. Rich was born and raised in Mattoon, and graduated from Mattoon High School in 2014. When he was in high school, Mr. Rich was a proud member of the Green Wave football team and was in the marching band. Mr. Rich currently lives in Mattoon and is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and is on the parish council there.


Practice Areas



  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2020
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.S., 2017



  • 2021, Illinois