(1929 - 2009)
Christian E. (Rick) Heiligenstein passed away on November 10, 2009 at the age of 79. He is formerly from Belleville, Illinois. Hereceived his Bachelor's degree in 1953, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1955 from the University of Illinois. He jump started his career as an associate at Listeman & Bandy in East St. Louis from 1955-1961. He then opened a solo practice of personal injury law from 1962-1998. Mr. Heiligenstein was election/appointment to serve as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and President of The Beach Club, Palm Beach, Florida. He was also awarded Alumnus of the Month at the University of Illinois, and had a chair named in his honor at the University of Illinois School of Law. Mr. Heiligenstein was an active member, and served on the board of the Magna Group/Union Planters Bank of Illinois, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Saint Louis Board of Trial Lawyers, the Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Professional Liability Attorneys, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Old Guard in Palm Beach, Florida. He was also an avid hunter and marksman, and loved fishing and baseball.