Passionate, Talented
Advocates On
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Passionate, Talented
Advocates On
Your Side
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Patrick L. Provenzale

  • Partner, 2006






A trial lawyer for the last 25 years, Mr. Provenzale has and continues to pursue vindication of his clients’ rights before judges and juries in the federal and state courts throughout Illinois and beyond.  Having honed his trial skills as a young prosecutor in the mid 1990’s, Mr. Provenzale carries that experience as a tireless advocate now for clients in civil cases, both prosecuting and defending cases involving a wide variety of disputes and subject matters for which he regularly appears before judges and juries in federal and state courts throughout Illinois, including arguments before the 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Supreme Court.  From civil rights to wrongful death to intellectual property and more, his track record of success for his clients is manifest in the many successful verdicts

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights/Constitutional Law (Plaintiff and Defendant)
  • General Tort Litigation / Wrongful Death (Plaintiff and Defendant)
  • Appeals
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Constitutional
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Sex Offenses
  • Wrongful Termination - Employee
  • Brain Injury
  • Car Accident
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Personal Injury – Defense
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: President of the DePaul College of Law Federalist Society
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: President of the Boston College Student Philosophy Association
    • Major: English, Philosophy
    • Minor: Mathematics

Representative Cases

  • Obrycka v. City of Chicago, 913 F.Supp.2d 598 (N.D.Ill.2012). The first known jury verdict in the United States on which a federal jury found that a “Code of Silence” in a police department directly leg to the criminal conduct of an off duty officer., 913 F.Supp.2d 598 (N.D.Ill. 2012)
  • Aguila Records, Inc., v. Nueva Generaćion Music Group, 2009 WL 3719422 (N.D.Ill.). Mr. Provenzale was successful in obtaining an injunction for his client Aguila Records to protect the its trademark and copyrights in the band Alacranes Musical, a Latin Grammy ® winning music group., WL 3719422 (N.D.Ill. 2009)
  • Shales v. Teamsters’ Local 330, 557 F.3d 746 (7th Cir. 2009). A ruling of first impression at the time, a Federal Appeals Court decision affirmed the imposition of about $80,000 in sanctions against the attorney for Shales for conduct violating a federal rule and statute prohibiting frivolous filings and improper conduct. (7th Cir. 2009)
  • Doe v. Hinsdale Twp. High School Dist. 86, 388 Ill.App.3d 995 (2nd Dist. 2009). A matter of first impression, Mr. Provenzale successfully obtained appellate reversal of the dismissal of his client’s claims against a school district for sexual abuse by a teacher, finding that the Illinois Tort Immunity Act limitation period was not applicable to actions based upon childhood sexual abuse., 388 Ill.App.3d 995 (2nd Dist. 2009)

Representative Clients

  • Houston Casualty Company
  • Hendrickson USA
  • Teamsters' Local Union 330
  • Richard Marker Associates
  • Aguila Records, Inc.
  • Central States Joint Board
  • Teamsters’ Local Union No. 330
  • Office of the State’s Attorney, County of DuPage
  • Office of the Sheriff, County of DuPage
  • Office of the Sheriff, County of DeKalb
  • County of DeKalb
  • Park Ridge–Niles Community Consolidated School District No. 64
  • Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, Naperville
  • Sharing Connections Furniture Bank, Downers Grove

Honors and Awards

  • DuPage State's Attorney Felony Trial "Edsel"
  • Addison Police Department Achievement Commendation
  • DuPage State's Attorney Special Commendation
  • $2,650,000 Jury Verdict and fees and costs award after proving that the Chicago Police “Code of Silence” led to Mr. Provenzale’s client being savagely beaten by an off-duty policeman.
  • Court’s Judgment of $300,000 against a former municipal official or corrupt self-dealing in the hiring practices of a suburban police department.
  • $175,000 Jury Verdict and fees and costs award for a client who was beaten by a Joliet policeman while the client was handcuffed and helpless in the back seat of a squad car
  • Court Judgment in favor of Planet Fitness against customer’s allegation that she tripped on lip of sidewalk outside the gym.
  • Court Judgment in favor of a suburban County and Prosecutor wrongfully accused of violating a criminal defendant’s civil rights
  • Jury Verdict in favor of a municipal police officer wrongly accused of attacking and falsely arresting a person attending a birthday party.
  • Multiple Court Judgments in favor of a suburban Sheriff’s Office wrongfully accused of violating prisoners’ civil rights.
  • Court Judgment in favor of Labor Union wrongly accused of RICO and labor law violations.
  • $3,000,000 for a 48 year old client who was injured due to a contraindicated post-operative dosage of an anti-coagulant.
  • $2,400,000 for an 11 year old client who was run over by a construction truck.
  • $2,200,000 for the surviving family of a 27 year old Mexican immigrant who was shot by Chicago Police, after which disgraced officer Jason Van Dyke was alleged to have been involved in a police cover-up.
  • $1,500,000 for a group of 13 gymnasts who were sexually abused by their coach.
  • $1,100,000 for a 50 year old client who was hit by a car while bicycling.
  • $900,000 for a 52 year old client who was misdiagnosed with breast cancer.
  • $750,000 for a 16 year old client who was sexually abused by a high school teacher.
  • $650,000 for a 27 year old client on whom an episiotomy was improperly performed.
  • $565,000 for a 49 year old client who tripped over a hidden step inside a bathroom.
  • $450,000 for a mother and daughter who were trapped in an elevator for almost 2 days.
  • $375,000 for 7 University of Illinois women’s basketball players for race discrimination.
  • $355,000 for 6 clients who were improperly housed in a rubber room at the LaSalle County Jail for hours, along with forcing a revised Sheriff’s policy regarding the jail’s use of that room in the future.
  • $325,000 for the surviving son and daughter of a 55 year old parent who committed suicide while in jail.
  • $325,000 for a man falsely arrested for DUI and beaten while in custody by a Chicago police officer later indicted for official misconduct.
  • $325,000 for a 38 year old man who slipped on ice in an apartment’s parking lot.
  • $300,000 for a 52 year old client injured when a trailer on a semi-truck raked over the hood and roof of his car and dragged it 100 feet.
  • $200,000 for a 12 year old student and his parents who were falsely accused of allowing the student to bring a knife to school.
  • $175,000 for a client who was falsely arrested and who’s nose was broken by police excessive force.
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Barrister, Order of Justitia

Past Employment Positions

  • Dupage County State's Attorney, Assistant State's Attorney, 1994 to 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, Naperville
  • Sharing Connections Furniture Bank, Downers Grove


  • English

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Phi Sigma Tau