Patrick Dowd

Senior Partner

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Education

    Northern Arizona University, BS (cum laude)

    Northwestern University, MSC (Magna Cum Laude)

    DePaul University, JD

Honors

    A.V. Rated (highest) Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register, 2000 – Present

    Selected to Martindale Preeminent Selection of A.V. Rated Lawyers, Insurance Defense Litigation – 2000 – Present

    Best Recommended Attorneys – A+ rating – 2000 - Present

    Recognized by Chicago Lawyer, Top Civil Defense-Related Lawyers in Illinois, 2005

    Elected to Illinois Defense Council, Board of Directors, May 2005-2008

    Elected to Leading Lawyers (top 2% of all Illinois Attorneys) 2006 - Present

    Selected by Peers "Super Lawyers" 2006 - Present

    Recognized by Illinois Bar Journal - Top Civil - Related Lawyers - 2008

    Elected to ACTA (The American College of Transportation Attorneys), (sole Illinois representative) 2009 - Present

    Recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as "Top Civil Defense Trial Related Lawyer in Illinois" 2013

Publications

    "Erosion of the Peremptory Challenge: Rule against excluding jurors based on race applies to civil cases", Illinois State Bar Association Trial Briefs, July, 1992

    "Determination of Good Faith Findings", Illinois State Bar Association Trial Briefs, May, 1994

    Illinois Tort Reform: An Overview and Analysis

    Illinois Supreme Court Amended Discovery Rules, June, 1997. Pre-existing Condition

    Proof of Casual Connection Required, July, 1998

    When In Doubt, Err on the Side of Full Disclosure, July, 1999

    Answers to commonly asked questions about the N.T.S.B. and U.S.D.O.T., November 2000

    Industrial Commission and Courts More Skeptical of Employee Conduct, April 2001

    Changes to Discovery Rules Under Illinois Supreme Court Rules, April, 2002

    Update: Comparing and contrasting substantive law of Illinois and Indiana, Fall, 2003

    Illinois State Bar Association, Duty to Defend: A Refresher, Summer 2004

    Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies the Collateral Source Rule 2008

    Broker Liability Revisited, 2009

    TIDA, The Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies the Collateral Source Rule, 2009

    DRI, In Transit, Broker Liability Revisited, 2009

    Analysis: Jury Verdicts by the numbers

    TIDA, Illinois Plaintiff with Prior Injuries and Minimal Impact Collisions, April, 2010

    Update to Illinois Law, Presenting a 30(B)(6) corporate representative for deposition, March, 2010

    ACTA, Broker Liability, Committee Chair, May, 2010

    ACTA Conference - Chicago, August, 2010

    Ill. App. Court upholds 24 Million Jury Verdict against Broker, May, 2011

    Ready v. United/Goedecke Services, Inc., "The Long and Winding Road"

    Supreme Court Rules for Ford In Reversal of Multimillion Product Liability Suit, October, 2011

    Illinois Supreme Court Reinstates $20.2 Million Wrongful Death Verdict, February, 2012

    Claims Legal Management, The Use of Judicial Estoppel in a Bankruptcy Setting, April, 2012

    Illinois Supreme Court Affirms $24.5 Million Verdict in Broker/Shipper Setting, April 2012

    Laying the Foundation for a 911 Emergency Call, May, 2012

    Featured - Article: Patrick Dowd, Continuing A Legal Legacy, Super Lawyers, Illinois/2013

    Scrutiny Of A Complaint: Defending Against Direct Suit By Medical Provider Against Insurer, Insured and TPA

    Conference, Chicago, August, 2013, Update on Broker and Shipper Liability.

    Powell v. Dean Food Co. (2013), Il.App.Ct. Decision Weighs In On Unavoidable Collision Doctrine, Prior Bad Acts Evidence and Careful Habits Jury Instructions

    June, 2014, update Ready v. United/Goedecke Services, Inc. and September, 2014, Arkansas Trucking Seminar - Duty to Defend and Indemnify, Vendor Contract, Bentonville, Arkansas

    December, 2014, update to Illinois Law, Litigation Strategy with Settling Defendants

    February, 2015, update to Illinois Law, Litigation Strategy with Settling Defendants

    April 2017, Remittitur and Other Post-Trial Motions

    June 2017, IL Law Journal Intoxication As A Defense

    April, 2018, Illinois Bar Journal, Blood Alcohol Evidence and Driving While Impaired in Illinois, Civil Cases

    July, 2018, Tort Section, ABA, Who's at Fault: How to Obtain Regulation of Autonomous Vehicle Related Liability

Presentations

    "Instruction on Debate", Chicago Bar Association, 1986

    Business Law, Illinois State Court Reporter Convention, 1987

    Illinois State Bar Association, Participant, 1993 Annual Minority and Women Attorneys’ Conference

    Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, Anatomy of a al, Part II: Recurring Evidentiary Issues, Chicago, November, 1994

    Guest Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice Update, February 1994, Rock Island, Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, Participant, Allerton House Conference, Monticello, Illinois, May, 1994

    Back to Basics Program, October, 1999

    A Panel Discussion of The How and Why of Catastrophic Investigation, October 1999

    Answers to commonly asked questions about the N.T.S.B. and U.S.D.O.T., November 2000

    Industrial Commission and Courts More Skeptical of Employee Conduct, April 2001

    Defense Perspective: Focus Groups and Mock Trials, October, 2002

    Illinois State Bar Association, Changes to Discovery Rules Under Illinois Supreme Court Rules, April, 2002

    Fall, 2003, Transportation Industry Seminar: Wrongful Death – Post Mortem

    Comparing and contrasting substantive law of Illinois and Indiana, Fall, 2003

    Defense Strategies for Bad Venues – Aftermath of Catastrophic Loss, Houston, Texas, January, 2004

    Insurance Company of Hanover: Discussion on Implication of and Hold Harmless Agreements, July 2005

    Update to Illinois Law, Presenting a 30(B)(6) corporate representative for deposition, March, 2010

    Co-chair and presenter: Issues Affecting the Motor Carrier Industry

    Artex Risk Control Workshop Presentation, February, 2011

    CLM Annual Conference - Catastrophic Response in Insurance Related Cases, March, 2011

    AmTrust July, 2011, An Overview Of Civil Practice Act as it applies to Cook County, Illinois

    ACTA Conference - Chicago, August, 2011, co-chair-transportation symposium

    CLM: Presentation, Livery Claims and Litigation - The Unique Exposures and Strategies Involved with Transporting People, June 2012

    ACTA Conference, Chicago, August, 2012, Presentation: Cell Phones, Texting and the Emerging Law

    Trucking Boot Camps – Legal Ethics and Good Faith Claim Handling, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Orlando, May, 2014

    Annual Seminar Chairperson, 20th Annual TIDA Industry Seminar, 2012

    Trial or Settle. (Selected by Peers in "Super Lawyers" - 2006-2012.)

    Conference, Chicago, August, 2013, Update on Broker and Shipper Liability

    Guest Speaker in Ethics in Claim Handling, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Orlando, May, 2014

    Speaker - ACE Annual Claims Conference, Austin Texas, June, 2015

    DRI, Chicago, August, 2015 - Defending the "Ballooned Risk" Claim

    ACI 5th National Forum, Presenter - Rapid Response Teams and On Site -Investigations: The Front Line of Defense. March, 2015

    Trucking Boot Camps - On the Road - Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Orlando – Defending the Low Impact Case: Beware of Hidden Exposure. Minimal Impact, Beware of Large Exposure, March, 2015 – May, 2015

    Trucking Boot Camps - On the Road - March, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, April, 2015, Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois – Defending The Low Impact Case: Beware of Hidden Exposure. Minimal Impact, Beware of Large Exposure

    Panel Speaker – ATA – Insurance Convention. Issues – Excess Coverage, July, 2015

    Trucking Boot Camps – Defending The Reptile Plaintiff Case, Mock Trial Presentation, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Philadelphia March, 2016 – September, 2016

    Schneider National Carriers, Strategy for Mock Trial, Chicago, October 2016

    Trucking Boot Camps - Remittitur & Other Post-Trial Motions, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando New York City and London, March 2017 – June, 2017

    Swift Transportation, File Handling Guidelines, – Success to Control Litigation Cost, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2017

    ACTA Conference, - Remittitur and Other Post-Trial Motions, Orlando, Florida, August, 2017

    Arkansas Trucking Seminar– Defusing the Nuclear Verdict, Bentonville, Arkansas September, 2017

    The Empathic Approach – Heading in a New Direction, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, and Orlando, November 2017 – May, 2018

    American College of Transportation Attorneys (ACTA) Conference, Remittitur: To the Abyss and Back, Orlando, August 2018

Memberships/Bar Activities

    American Bar Association

    American Trial Lawyers Association

    The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

    International Association of Defense Counsel

    Illinois State Bar Association

    Chicago Bar Association

    Chicago Bar Association - Trial Techniques Committee, 1985-1986

    Chicago Bar Association - Tort Litigation Committee, 1985-1986

    Chicago Bar Association - Civil Practice Committee, 1991-1995

    Transportation Lawyers Association

    Instructor, Chicago School of Commerce, 1984-1987

    Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1985-1988

    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1987-1991, Officer – (1998-1991)

    Illinois State Bar Association, Allerton House Steering Committee, 1994

    Assembly Member, 1994-1996, Illinois State Assembly Hearing Committee

    Member: DRI Trucking Sub-Committee, 1997 - present

    Tort Law Section Council, 1996-1997, DRI

    Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee - 1997-2000 (ABA)

    Defense Research Institute (DRI)

    TIDA: Trucking Industry Defense Association, (1987)

Charity/Philanthropic

    Executive-Director, Children's Charities of Chicago 1985-1996

    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Advisors. Appointed by Cardinal George 1997 - Present

    Legal Advisory Committee of Catholic Charities – 2000 - Present

    Chicago Canine Rescue – Board Advisor - 2005-Present

    National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Mercy Home, Chicago

Personal

    College football – (Division 1A) - Big Sky Conference, Northern Arizona University (1978-81)

    Married to Catherine Dowd, 2 daughters, Giuliana and Nicoletta

Contact Information

Patrick C. Dowd
patrickdowd@dowdanddowd.com
227 West Monroe Street
Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 762-9510 Office
(312) 504-7622 Mobile