Our Attorneys

Patrick E. Dwyer III

Practice Areas: Appeals - Injury Claims & Litigation - Workers' Compensation

Email: pdwyer3@dwyercoogan.com

Prior to entering private practice, Patrick worked as career judicial law clerk to two justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald and Justice Mary J. Theis.  Patrick’s work for the Justices included a number of high profile cases, including a criminal case that was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, Williams v. Illinois, http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-8505.pdf.  His career with the Supreme Court spanned from 2003 through 2011. He additionally clerked for Justice Theis at the Appellate Court of Illinois-First District from 2002 to 2003.

The City of Chicago Department of Law hired Patrick out of law school.  There, he prosecuted building owners from every part of the City in Housing Court, and defended the City in Chancery court.  Patrick worked as part of a team of lawyers that worked on several cases that made local and national news.  Patrick has also served on the adjunct faculty at Loyola University.  Prior to going to law school, Patrick was a Legal Aid paralegal in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp., stationed in Yakima Washington.

Admitted: 1999 Illinois Bar; 2012 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Counties of Focus: Cook County, Statewide Appeals.

Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1999 (graduated 17/145); Executive Editor, Loyola Law Journal

College: Georgetown University, 1995. Double major in Political Theory and Economics.

High School: St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Member: Rules Committee, Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Home: Chicago, Illinois

Civic and Charitable Activities:

Chicago Jesuit Academy—an institution dedicated to the education of young men on the west side of Chicago (Executive Member of the Junior Board); Lawyers United for the Homeless (Member); Illinois WolfPAC—an political action committee devoted to electing political candidates who are alumni of St. Ignatius College Prep (Judicial Outreach Coordinator); Loyola University College School of Law (Member); Franciscan Outreach Association (Volunteer); Young Professional Board of the Franciscan Outreach Association (past Executive Member & Volunteer).

Representative Appeals:

100 Roberts Road Business Association v. Khalaf (https://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1120461.pdf)

Wells v. Colonial Heights (https://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1120461.pdf)

Williamson v. Asher (https://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1120461.pdf)

Williams v. Rosner (https://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1111850.pdf)

In re Marriage of Covello (https://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1120461.pdf)

Top Notch Beefburger, Inc. v. First Midwest Bank (Successfully represented Top Notch in this interlocutory appeal)

Koulogeorge v. Campbell (http://www.state.il.us/court/opinions/appellatecourt/2012/1stdistrict/1112812.pdf)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church v. Boyle (http://www.state.il.us/court/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2013/2ndDistrict/2121415_R23.pdf)

Klaine v. Southern Illinois Hospital (amicus brief, pending Illinois Supreme Court)

In re Marriage of Aleksy (pending Illinois Appellate Court)

Gerasi v. Gilbane Building Co. (pending Illinois Appellate Court)

Downtown Disposal Services. v. City of Chicago (Illinois Supreme Court) (http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2012/112040.pdf)