Donald P. Eckler

Top rated Insurance Coverage attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Donald P. Eckler
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage

Licensed in Illinois since: 2004

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

33 N Dearborn St
Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: 773-598-6989 Email: Donald P. Eckler Visit website


Donald Patrick Eckler is a highly experienced litigator who focuses his practice on defending lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, and other professionals in a variety of civil disputes in state and federal courts across Illinois and Indiana. His practice ranges from representing insurers in coverage disputes to defending professionals, businesses, and tort defendants in complex litigation. Pat’s commercial litigation experience involves complex contract disputes and class-action lawsuits. His coverage practice for insurers and the insured involves commercial general liability and personal lines policies, issues involving the duty to defend and indemnify, bad faith, and the application of exclusions. His tort defense work spans the representations of product manufacturers and distributors, trucking and transportation clients, and premises owners. Drawing on his experience as a college basketball coach, Pat has also represented a coach before the NCAA Committee on infractions.

Pat is active in the organized defense bar both at the state and national level. He is a committee chair, columnist, and board member with both the Illinois Defense Counsel and the Professional Liability Defense Federation. He also serves as the current president of the PLDF. He publishes extensively in professional journals on a wide range of topics, including legal ethics, attorney-client privilege, and Illinois and federal civil procedure. He also provides thought leadership on substantive areas of law ranging from products liability and toxic torts to premises liability and claims against accountants.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Pat taught history and coached high school and college basketball for three years before attending law school at the University of Florida. In his final semester of law school, Pat served as a certified legal intern with the Public Defenders’ Office of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, where he represented defendants in misdemeanor criminal cases.

First Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois Defense Counsel Board Member, 2015 to present Legislative Committee: Chair, 2015 to presentCivil Procedure & Practice, IDC Quarterly: Columnist
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation President, 2020 to present President-Elect, 2019-20 Treasurer, 2017-19Professional Liability Defense Quarterly: Editor, 2016-20; Legal Columnist, 2017-2020
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1998
  • Distinguished Member Award, Illinois Defense Counsel, 2020, Illinois Defense Counsel, 2020
  • Meritorious Service Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2018, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2018
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2016, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2016
  • David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service, Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Tort Litigation Committee, 2011—2012, Chicago Bar Association, 2012
  • Rising Star Award, Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, 2011, Chicago Bar Association, 2011
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Office location for Donald P. Eckler

33 N Dearborn St
Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

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