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   3John W. Patton Jr.Chicago(312) 261-5166jpatton@pattonryan.comjpatton@pattonryan.comPatton & Ryan LLCwww.pattonryan.comwww.pattonryan.compattonjohnw.jpgMedical Malpractice Defense LawProducts Liability Defense LawProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/FinancialTransportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/MaritimeToxic Torts Defense Law
John W. Patton
Patton & Ryan LLC
330 N Wabash Ave Ste 3800
Chicago IL 60611-3786
Ph.(312) 261-5166 Fx.(312) 261-5161Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:
Medical Malpractice Defense Law
Products Liability Defense Law
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial
Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
Toxic Torts Defense Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Throughout his 30+ year career, John Patton’s name has become associated with a wide array of colorful epithets: The “Fearless John Patton” “The On-Call Trial Lawyer Who Saves Millions” “He’s the closer you bring in for high-pressure situations.”

These are but a few examples of the many accolades that have been published heralding John’s legal prowess. Countless other articles giving him accolades for his successes at trial have been written over the years. The numerous publications about John’s career and the myriad of awards and honors continuously bestowed upon him are a testament to not only his superior litigation skills, but also his vast experience in trying cases. It is this experience that truly distinguishes him from other lawyers.

While attorneys often boast about being accomplished litigators, in actuality, the vast majority of cases never make it to trial. Most of them will try only a handful of cases throughout their careers.

John Patton, however, starts an average of one major trial every single month. Year round. Nationwide.

“He’s already tried multi-million dollar cases in more than half the states in the nation, many of which he inherited on the eve of trial. While most would call taking over a case just weeks or even days before trial an impossible feat, John simply calls it “parachuting.”

Obviously, John prefers handling cases from the outset, where he and his trial teams can conduct discovery and craft trial strategies that will elicit the favorable results his clients have come to expect. However, he understands that with a trial date right around the corner, there may suddenly be a need to call in an experienced trial attorney if settlement negotiations fail or plaintiffs’ demands remain unreasonable. When those situations arise, his clients know that John always answers his phone. After all, it’s his willingness to be parachuted into those eight and nine figure cases that earned him the moniker, “Fearless John Patton.”

Sometimes, however, overconfident plaintiff’s lawyers do decide to take their chances against John in court, as they did in a recent case. Instead of possibly walking away with a seven- or eight-figure settlement for their clients, John’s opponents gambled against him and lost it all in a $180 million reversal on appeal.

In the more than 3 decades John has spent handling cases involving general tort, professional malpractice, construction defects, insurance coverage and bad faith, transportation, and products liability for insurance companies and major corporations across the country, he has learned that sometimes the facts just aren’t on your side. He knows that when liability is clear, some plaintiff’s lawyers seek damages that far exceed what’s appropriate under the tragic circumstances. In those situations, when a client is most in need of an advocate on their behalf, John is always there to ensure a fair result.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Pehl v. Environmental Systems, Ill.App.3d 218, 653 N.E.2d 766 (1995)

  • Hernandez v. Paschen Contractors, Inc. 335 Ill.App.3d 936, 781 N.E.2d 1083 (2002)

  • Bar Admissions:  
    Illinois, 1983
    Federal Trial Bar, 1984
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eigth and Ninth Circuits
    U.S. District Court
        Northern District of Illinois, 1983 (General Bar and Federal Trial Bar)
        Western District of Michigan, 1999
        Eastern District of Michigan, 2001
        Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 2001
        Southern District of Illinois, 2002
        Southern District of Texas, 2002
        Central District of Illinois
        Eastern District of Missouri
        District of Colorado
        Southern Distrct of Texas

    Pro Hac Vice admissions:
    Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; West Virginia; Wisconsin.

    Year of Birth:  1958

    Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1983

    Undergraduate School:  Miami University, B.A., 1980

    Employment History:  
    Patton & Ryan LLC, president and senior managing partner, 2004-present

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    Chicago Bar Association
        Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Mediator
    Illinois State Bar Association
    American Bar Association
        Vice-Chair of Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
    American Trucking Association
        Litigation Center
    Trucking Industry Defense Association
    Illinois Defense Trial Lawyer Association
    Illinois Transportation Association
    National Council of Self-Insurers
    Chicago Casualty Adjuster Association
    Transportation Lawyers Association

    Community Involvement:  
    Village trustee, village of Glenview

    Alternative director, Board of Directors, Northwest Municipal Conference of Mayors

    Published Legal Writing:  
    "Tort Reform Issues and Trends," 1990

    "Preparation and Trial of the Automobile Collision Case," 1992

    "Preparing and Handling Toxic Tort Cases," 1993

    "Handling Slip and Fall Cases," 1993

    "Defending the Employer in Construction Cases," 1993, 1994

    "Successful Preparation and Handling of Discovery Objections and Trial Motions," 1995

    "Defense of the Catastrophic Loss Trucking Case," 1997

    "Insurance Coverage Issues/Trucking Policies," 1997

    "Placard/Logo Liability and Punitive Damage Liability of Motor Carriers," 1998

    "Negligent Hiring and Negligent Entrustment as Causes of Action Against the Motor Carrier," 1998

    "The Defense of the Employer Post-Kotecki, Braye, Briseno, and Lannom," 1999

    "That Delete Key May Bite You: Spoliation Claims Against Trucking Companies for Destruction of Electronic Data," 1999

    "Defending Employers In Third Party Liability Litigation," 2002

    "Defending the Nuisance Value/Soft Tissue Claim," 2002

    "Negligent Hiring and Negligent Entrustment," 2002

    "Catastrophic Loss Cases," 2002

    Legal Lectures:  
    The Defense and Trial of Catastrophic Loss Medical Malpractice Cases, Insurance Forum. Chicago, 2014

    Trial Strategy for Catastrophic Loss, Medical Malpractice and Construction Cases, CLM Professional Liability Conference, 2012

    Addressing Discovery Violations and Sanctionable Conduct, Claims Association of Greater Chicago General Meeting, 2011

    The Impact on Tort Reform in Medical Malpractice Actions, A.M. Best, Oldwick, NJ, 2010

    The Aerosol Products Liability Lawsuit: What to Expect and How to Improve Customer Stewardship While Minimizing Liability Exposure,” CSPA (aerosol industry) Annual Meeting, 2009

    Keynote Speaker, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Case Evaluation Conference, Catastrophic Event, November, 2009

    Motor Transport Underwriters Seminar, 2005

    Casualty Adjusters Association of Chicago, Spring Seminar: Apportionment of Fault, 2005

    Chicago Bar Association, numerous presentations re general tort topics, e.g. auto/trucking, products liability, premises liability, trial strategies, professional liability, and construction, 1992-present

    Casualty Adjusters Association: Illinois Tort Reform Present and Future, 1996

    Insurance and Transportation Industry seminars on the investigation, defense and trial of catastrophic loss claims, cargo claims, insurance coverage, and compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 1992-present

    The Investigation and Defense of Trucking Cases, International Air Cargo Association of Chicago, 2002

    Firm Description:  
    Patton & Ryan is a Civil Litigation Defense firm specializing in defending insurers and self-insureds in matters of Catastrophic Loss, Professional Liability, Products and Construction Law and Trucking and Transportation. Mr. Patton and Mr. Ryan, with their partners and a strong team of skilled associates, have a combined 100 plus years of experience in bringing cases to successful conclusion.

    The firm has attorneys licensed all over the country and regularly appears nationwide on behalf of its clients. The firm has earned the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell for professional and ethical standards. This rating is a reflection of expertise, integrity, and overall professional excellence.

    Patton & Ryan is dedicated to aggressive, resultoriented case management and thorough client reporting. By working with the client to choose a strategy, representation can be focused on achieving results quickly and efficiently. Patton & Ryan believes that the client must be kept fully involved and informed throughout the litigation process. They provide prompt and thorough reporting so that every case decision comes from a mutual understanding between the firm and its clients.

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