September 29, 2017

Patrick M. Ward – Senior Litigation Associate


Patrick is a Senior Litigation Associate at O’Toole McLaughlin Dooley & Pecora. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with a sophisticated and varied practice. He is licensed in both Ohio and Illinois and has substantial experience handling commercial/business, municipal, professional liability, construction, civil rights, insurance coverage, product liability, asbestos, motor vehicle/trucking, and premises liability litigation matters. Patrick's practice also involves prosecuting class action cases and handling a multitude of legal issues facing public sector clients, including those relating to water and sewer service, public housing, eminent domain, contract disputes, and employment practices. Patrick has also served as an Administrative Hearing Officer and acting City Attorney for various municipal clients.  He has defended numerous municipalities, including the City of Chicago, and police officers against claims alleging use of excessive force, false arrest, unlawful searches, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and other civil rights violations.

Patrick also defends lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants, real estate agents and brokers, and physicians against lawsuits alleging various causes of action, including those for malpractice, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. He also defends property owners, developers, and contractors in complex, multi-party lawsuits involving construction-related personal injury claims. In addition, Patrick assists clients in identifying and seizing the assets of judgment debtors, including foreign entities, through citation and judgment collection proceedings. Before moving back to Northeast Ohio where he grew up, Patrick was a member of one of Chicago’s leading civil litigation law firms. He prides himself on his work ethic and providing the highest level of client service.

Patrick received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. He then received a J.D. from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2004. Patrick is admitted to practice in the following courts:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

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