| Practice Description: |
Mr. Patton's practice focuses on civil litigation defense, specializing in defending insurers and self-insureds in matters of catastrophic loss, professional liability, products and construction law, trucking and transportation, and workers' compensation.
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)
Illinois, 1983; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1983; Federal Trial Bar, 1984; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1999; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2001; U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 2001; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2001; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2002; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2002; Central District of Illinois; Eastern District of Missouri.
Pro Hac Vice admissions:
Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; West Virginia; Wisconsin.
Date of Birth: 1958
Law School: DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1983
Undergraduate School: Miami University, B.A., 1980
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Association; American Bar Association Vice-Chair of Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee; American Trucking Association; ATA Litigation Center; Trucking Industry Defense Association; Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Mediator for Chicago Bar Association; Illinois Defense Trial Lawyer Association; Illinois Transportation Association; National Council of Self-Insurers; Chicago Casualty Adjuster Association.
Village trustee, village of Glenview
Alternate director, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
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
Motor Transport Underwriters Seminar, 2005
Casualty Adjusters Association of Chicago 2005 spring seminar: "Apportionment of Fault;" Chicago Bar Association seminars on general tort topics including 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; "The Investigation and Defense of Trucking Cases for the International Air Cargo Association of Chicago," 2002
Client in-house seminar on successful defense of transportation and tort claims, 2002
Patton & Ryan was founded by a team of nationally recognized attorneys to serve the needs of their clients across the country.
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, Trucking and Transportation, and Workers' Compensation. Mr. Patton and Mr. Ryan, with partners C.F. Boyle, Jr., Richard Schumacher and a strong team of skilled associates, have a combined 100 years of experience in bringing cases to successful conclusion.
We look forward to defending your interests any time, any place.