Patrick C. Dowd


patrickdowd@dowdanddowd.com

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Patrick C. Dowd

Born Chicago, Illinois; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern, and Western District of Illinois including Trial Bar, 1987; admitted to bar, Wisconsin, 1997.  Education:  Northern Arizona University (B.S., cum laude, 1981); DePaul University (J.D., 1985).  Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society).

Member:  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.  Member:  TIDA; Trucking Industry Defense Association, (1987).  Transportation Lawyers Association.  Committee on Transportation Law 1995-Present.  Member:  Association for Transportation Law.  Member:  Defense Research Institute; Member:  DRI Trucking Sub-Committee, 1997-. Member:  American Bar Association; Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee.  Member:  International Association of Defense Counsel.   Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.  Member:  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.  Business Law,  Illinois State Court Reporter Convention, 1987.  "Instruction On Debate", Chicago Bar Association, 1986; "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 State Bar Association, Participant, 1993 Annual Minority and Women Attorneys' Conference; Opening Statements.  Illinois State Bar Association, Allerton House Steering Committee 1994; Trial Techniques Committee 1985-1986, Tort Litigation Committee, 1985-1986; 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;  Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, Anatomy of a al, Part II:  Recurring Evidentiary Issues, Chicago, November, 1994; Civil Practice Committee 1991-1995.  Illinois State Bar Association; Elected Assembly Member, 1994–1996.  Illinois State Assembly Hearing Committee; Illinois State Bar Association; Tort Law Section Council 1996-1997.  Transportation Lawyers ciation, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1996-1999.  Illinois Tort Reform; An Overview And Analysis; Illinois Supreme Court Amended Discovery Rules, June, 1997.  Pre-existing Condition; Proof of Causal Connection Required, July, 1998.  When In Doubt, Err on the Side of Full Disclosure, July, 1999.  TIDA; Presenter, Back to Basics Program, October, 1999.  Presenter, 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.  Presenter, Defense Perspective:  Focus Groups and Mock Trials, October, 2002.  Fall, 2003, Transportation Industry Seminar:  Wrongful Death – Post Mortem.  Update:  Comparing and contrasting substantive law of Illinois and Indiana, Fall, 2003.  Presenter:  Defense Strategies for Bad Venues – Aftermath of Catastrophic Loss, Houston, Texas, January, 2004. ; Listed: A.V. Rated (highest) Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2000 – Present.  Duty to Defend:  A Refresher, Summer 2004.  Elected to Leading Lawyers” for State of Illinois, December, 2004.  Elected to Illinois Defense Council, Board of Directors, May 2005-2008.   Presentation – July 2005 – Insurance Company of Hannover:  Discussion on Implication of and Hold Harmless Agreements.  Article:  Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies the Collateral Source Rule 2008.  Article:  Broker Liability Revisited, 2009.  Article:  Analysis:  Jury Verdicts by the numbers.   Elected to Gerson Lehrman Group Council, July 2005.  Article:  TIDA, The Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies the Collateral Source Rule, 2009.  Article:  DRI, In Transit, Broker Liability Revisisted, 2009. "Top Lawyers".  Selected by Peers in "Super Lawyers" - 2006-2010.  2009:  Selected to The American College of Transportation Attorneys (sole Illinois representative.)  Elected to Council on Litigation Management, 2010.  Article:  TIDA, Illinois Plaintiff with Prior Injuries and Minimal Impact Collisions, April, 2010.  Article:  ACTA, Broker Liability, Committee Chair, May, 2010.  ACTA Conference - Chicago, August, 2010.  Co-chair and presenter:  Issues Effecting the Motor Carrier Industry.  Artex Risk Control Workshop Presentation, February, 2011.  Presentor:  CLM Annual Conference - Catastrophic Response In Insurance Related Cases, March, 2011. Article:  Ill. App. Court upholds 24 Million Jury Verdict against Broker, May, 2011.  Article:  Ready v. United/Goedecke Services, Inc., "The Long and Winding Road".   Presentor:  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.  Article, Supreme Court Rules for Ford In Reversal of Multimillion Product Liability Suit, October, 2011.  Listed by Chicago Lawyer "Top Civil Defense-Related Lawyers in Illinois" 2005.  Listed by Chicago Lawyer as "Top Civil Defense Related Lawyer in Illinois" 2006.  Article, Illinois Supreme Court Reinstates 20.2 Million Wrongful Death Verdict, February, 2012.  Article, Claims Legal Management, The Use of Judicial Estoppel in a Bankruptcy Setting, April, 2012.  Article, Illinois Supreme Court Affirms 24.5 Million Verdict in Broker/Shipper Setting, April 2012.  Article, Laying the Foundation for an 911 Emergency Call, May, 2012.    Elected to Leading Lawyers (top 2% of all Illinois Attorneys) 2006-2012.)  CLM:  Presentation, Livery Claims and Litigation - The Unique Exposurers 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. Presenter: Trial or Settle. (Selected by Peers in "Super Lawyers" - 2006-2012.  Featured Article:  Patrick Dowd, Continuing A Legal Legacy, Super Lawyers, Illinois/2013.  Conference, Chicago, August, 2013, Update on Broker and Shipper Liability.  Article:  Scrutiny Of A Complaint:  Defending Against Direct Suit By Medical Provider Against Insurer, Insured and TPA.  Guest Speaker in Ethics in Claim Handling, Chicago, Atlanta,Philadelphia, and Orlando, May, 2014.  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.   September, 2014, Arkansas Conference - Duty to Defend and Indemnity, Vendor Contract, Bentonville, Arkansas.