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Patrick Provenzale

 

Patrick L. Provenzale

Pat Provenzale, a partner since 2006, has practiced law as a trial attorney for the past twenty years. First as a criminal prosecutor and now as a civil trial attorney, Pat focuses his practice on the representation of clients in courtrooms before judges and juries on subjects ranging from Federal Civil Rights, to personal injury and Wrongful Death claims, to enforcement of Trademark and Copyright rights.

His courtroom work was featured in November of 2012 in local and national media covering the trial of Obrycka v. City of Chicago, a Federal jury trial involving an off-duty Chicago Police Officer who savagely beat a diminutive bartender who refused to serve him, and the Federal jury’s verdict in favor of Pat’s client awarding her $850,000, finding that the Chicago Police Department maintained a Code of Silence that led officers like the one in this case to think they can commit misconduct with impunity. This landmark verdict appears to be the only federal jury verdict in the United States holding a police department responsible for the off duty criminal conduct of one of its officers due to a Code of Silence.

In another case that garnered national attention, Pat was successful in securing a preliminary injunction for an International Latin Music recording label, which sought to prevent former members of a Grammy® winning Latin Music group and their new management from splitting off and using the name of the group in selling and recording songs. The case is Aguila Records v. Nueva Generacion Music Group, et al.. 2009 WL 3719422 (N.D.Ill.). As part of the resolution of this case, Pat helped to negotiate the new recording and distribution agreements in Los Angeles with Universal Music, the label’s distributor.

In another noteworthy case, this one of first impression covered in national legal journals, Pat was successful at appellate argument convincing the Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago to uphold an award of sanctions of over $60,000 in favor of Pat’s client, a local Labor Union and its officers, against the opposing attorney who sued the union and its officers frivolously. The case is Shales v. Local 330, et al., 557 F.3d 746 (7thCir.2009).

Finally, Pat, Terry and the EWP team were successful in securing settlements and attorney’s fees totaling $355,000 for our clients who were strip searched in the LaSalle County Jail after an arrest on misdemeanor charges, leading to the Sheriff reforming the jail’s policies for treating arrestees.

Practice Areas

– Federal Civil Rights

  • Police Misconduct (Plaintiff and Defense)
  • Police Department Independent Policy/Practice Audits
  • Employment Discrimination I Retaliation Claims

– Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip & Falls

– Labor Union Litigation (LMRA/LMRDA)
– Racketeering and Conspiracy (RICO)
– Trademark & Copyright Enforcement/Defense

Admitted

– State of Illinois
– Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
– Federal Trial Bar
– United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
– United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
– United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

– Boston College, 1991; B.A., English Literature and Philosophy

  • President of the DePaul College of Law Federalist Society
  • Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

– DePaul University College of Law, 1994; J.D.

  • President of the Boston College Student Philosophy Association
  • Business Law Journal Write-on Staff

Professional Associations

– American Association for Justice
– Illinois State Bar Association
– DuPage County Bar Association

  • Member, Judiciary Committee, DuPage County Bar Association (2011-14)