Patrick Dowd

Senior Partner

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Born: Chicago, Illinois. Admitted to the Illinois Bar 1985, including the U.S. District Court Trial Bar. All Illinois Federal Districts including other Federal Circuits.


Northern Arizona University, B.S. (Cum Laude).

DePaul University Law School, J.D. (Honors).

Northwestern University, M.S. (8/2018 Matriculation).


    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

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


    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

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

    Defense Perspective: Focus Groups and Mock Trials, October, 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 Hannover: Discussion on Implication of and Hold Harmless Agreements

    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

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

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

    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

    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

    March, 2015, ACI 5th National Forum, Presenter - Rapid Response Teams and On Site -Invesitgations: The Front Line of Defense. Trucking Boot Camps - On the Road - March, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado

    Remittitur and Other Post-Trial Motions


    Pi Sigma Alpha

    Phi Alpha Delta

    Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations

    American Trial Lawyers Association

    The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

    Chicago Bar Association

    Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago


    Trucking Industry Defense Association, (1987)

    Transportation Lawyers Association

    Committee on Transportation Law 1995-present

    Association for Transportation Law

    Defense Research Institute

    DRI Trucking Sub-Committee, 1997-present

    American Bar Association

    Section of Tort and Insurance Practice

    Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee

    International Association of Defense Counsel

    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

    Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

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

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

    Legal Advisory Committee of Catholic Charities

    Instructor, Chicago School of Commerce, 1984-1987


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

    Elected to Leading Lawyers” for State of Illinois, December, 2004

    Listed by Chicago Lawyer "Top Civil Defense-Related Lawyers in Illinois" 2005

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

    Elected to Gerson Lehrman Group Council, July 2005

    Elected to Council on Litigation Management, 2010

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

    Listed by Chicago Lawyer - Top Civil - Related Lawyers - 2008

    Selected to The American College of Transportation Attorneys (sole Illinois representative) 2009 - Present

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

    Selected by Peers in "Super Lawyers" 2006 - Present