Patricia S. Spratt’s litigation practice emphasizes commercial and business litigation. She is the Firm’s senior appellate lawyer.
Pat has represented clients in cases involving these areas:
- Contract Disputes
- Employment Law
- Freedom of Information Act
- Government Matters
- Regulatory Matters
- Coal Mining
JD, 1991, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Lead Articles Editor, Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal
- Member, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
Undergraduate, Loyola University of Chicago
CLERKSHIPJudicial Clerk, Chief Judge William J. Bauer, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1991–1992)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
- Member, Animal Law Committee
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
7th Circuit Bar Association
Adjunct Professor (Appellate Advocacy), Loyola University School of Law (2002–2008)
- Member, Development Board
- Co-chair, PAWS 8K Run/4K Walk 2007-2010
Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education
- Coach, Hubbard High School Mock Trial Team (2001–2008)
Pat has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
J. Timothy Eaton & Patricia S. Spratt, Discovery in Arbitrations, CBA RECORD, Nov. 2009.
Speaker/Moderator, Illinois Appellate Practice Boot Camp (Civil Appeals in Illinois Appellate Courts), Illinois accredited CLE course presented by Pincus Professional Education, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Speaker/Moderator, 7th Circuit Appellate Practice Boot Camp (Civil Appeals in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals), Illinois accredited CLE course presented by Pincus Professional Education, 2010.
Professional Responsibility, 21 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL 535 (1990).
As member of both the trial and appellate teams, succeeded in obtaining, and defending on appeal, a preliminary injunction on behalf of the owner of a mineral estate barring the owner of the surface estate from taking certain actions with regard to the mineral estate.
Defeated a claim in arbitration by a real estate agent against a real estate broker for a commission on a sale.
Obtained, and successfully defended on appeal, a restraining order in favor of a property owner against a developer from interfering with the property owner’s easements for ingress and egress over the developer’s property.
Defeated an Illinois Freedom of Information Act requestor’s claim that a memorandum prepared for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs to aid in its deliberative process regarding its role in the relocation of Boeing Corp.’s executive offices to Chicago was a public document that the Department improperly withheld. In this case of first impression, the appellate court explained the precise meaning of FOIA’s exemption for preliminary drafts of documents in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated. See Harwood v. McDonough, 344 Ill. App. 3d 242 (1st District 2003).