W. Patrick Conlon

W. Patrick Conlon

Associate
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Patrick "Packey" Conlon is an Associate in Locke Lord's Litigation Department. Packey regularly represents clients in high stakes litigation of complex commercial, business tort, health care, and class action matters in jurisdictions across the country. He has a broad scope of trial and appellate court experience, including jury and bench trials at the state and federal level, oral argument at the appellate level, and engaging in summary judgment, deposition, discovery, arbitration, and pre and post-trial practice.

Packey advises and counsels clients in a variety of business litigation and dispute resolution matters, most often including the defense of officers and directors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Packey additionally has represented clients in connection with commercial contract disputes, protection of valuable trade-secret information, corporate governance disputes, non-compete agreement enforcement, business and securities fraud, and adversary proceedings pending in bankruptcy court.

Patrick "Packey" Conlon is an Associate in Locke Lord's Litigation Department. Packey regularly represents clients in high stakes litigation of complex commercial, business tort, health care, and class action matters in jurisdictions across the country. He has a broad scope of trial and appellate court experience, including jury and bench trials at the state and federal level, oral argument at the appellate level, and engaging in summary judgment, deposition, discovery, arbitration, and pre and post-trial practice.

Packey advises and counsels clients in a variety of business litigation and dispute resolution matters, most often including the defense of officers and directors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Packey additionally has represented clients in connection with commercial contract disputes, protection of valuable trade-secret information, corporate governance disputes, non-compete agreement enforcement, business and securities fraud, and adversary proceedings pending in bankruptcy court.

  • Obtained a defense judgment on behalf of an insurance broker following a one week bench trial, which defeated all of the court-appointed corporate receiver’s claims alleging aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty and seeking damages for the alleged diversion of millions of dollars in insurance commissions and related damages.
  • Member of a team that obtained a rarely-issued supervisory order from the Illinois Supreme Court, which vacated the trial court’s order of sanctions and ended the sanctions proceedings.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of Fortune 500 Company in matter involving a former employee’s violation of a non-compete clause and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.
  • Member of a team that defended former directors and officers of an international medical device company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and related adversary proceedings involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty asserted by the creditor’s committee and Litigation Trustee.
  • Member of a team that defended international crane manufacturer in a jury trial seeking multi-million dollar claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contract.
  • Secured judgment for a client in a lawsuit involving charges of consumer fraud brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Court entered an order dismissing with prejudice all claims against the client. On appeal, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the order.
  • Member of a team that defended one of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers in putative federal class action asserting TCPA claims alleging that defendants skip trace cell phone numbers and then call the numbers without consent using an auto-dialer.
  • Defended Canadian subsidiary of global food manufacturer in federal lawsuit brought by former vendor alleging breach of manufacturing and supply agreements under the Uniform Commercial Code and common law.
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2015
    Symposium Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform
  • B.B.A., Finance, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2012
    Varsity Soccer
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 2015
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
      • Co-Chair and Co-Founder, The Anti Violence Task Force
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Star, Business Litigation (2021)
    • Named, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation (2021)
Community Leadership
  • As part of his commitment to public service, Packey is the co-founder and co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Anti-Violence Task Force. Packey also maintains an active pro bono practice which has included representing a high school student in connection with his individualized education program. During law school, Packey served as a student-attorney for the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic and Human Trafficking Clinic. In addition, Packey held a Symposium Editor position on the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, where he helped organize and run a symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, exploring the current state of immigration law and reform in the United States. During the passage of Concealed Carry and Health Care legislation in Illinois, Packey interned for the Office of the General Counsel to the former Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn. At the Governor’s office, one of Packey’s roles included analyzing clemency petitions and making recommendations to the Governor concerning the expungement of rehabilitated prisoners. Motivated by the clemency process, Packey published a comment for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform that analyzed and supported the retroactive application of a Supreme Court case that held it unconstitutional to impose mandatory life without parole sentences against juvenile offenders.

Professional History
    • Associate, Locke Lord LLP
    • Intern, Office of the General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn