Patrick D. Dolan

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Conti & Dolan, LLC
Patrick D. Dolan
Conti & Dolan, LLC

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1998

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

Conti & Dolan, LLC

55 W. Monroe Street
Suite 3330
Chicago, IL 60603 Visit website


Patrick D. Dolan is a founding partner at the law firm Conti & Dolan, LLC, with branches in Chicago and Lincolnwood, Illinois. Practicing law for more than three decades, he has extensive experience of over 20 years handling matters of labor and employment law. Acquiring the license to practice in Illinois in 1998, he litigates administrative claims and lawsuits in the state and federal courts.

Working with high-level executives and entry-level employees alike, Mr. Dolan engages in matters regarding employment and separation agreement negotiations involving complex noncompete clauses and equity issues. He handles a wide range of matters involving workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unpaid compensation, confidentiality agreements, wrongful termination and whistleblower protection.

Apart from this, Mr. Dolan also provides learned advice to corporate leadership and appears on behalf of them in disputes related to shareholding and partnership. He assists them in resolving issues that follow violations of partnership agreements, operating bylaws, fiduciary duties or shareholder rights. In addition, he is experienced in settling nonlitigation matters such as succession disputes, partnership breakups and business disagreements by mediating negotiations or settlements out of court.

Mr. Dolan’s clientele includes individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds and industries including finance, law, advertising, technology, multimedia, transport, health care, communication and the clergy. He takes on cases pertaining to claims under the Americans with Disability Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Labor Laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act. With his prior experience as a general counsel for a national retail company, his professional counsel for ensuring the proper management and administration, involving matters of wage and hour, reductions in force, code of conduct, termination policies and matters of due diligence is greatly valued by his international clients.

A 1988 B.A. graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Mr. Dolan obtained his J.D. from his alma mater in 1992. He is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois.

Mr. Dolan holds memberships in various professional associations including the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Rated “Good” on Avvo for his quality representation, he also has several legal publications and featured articles to his credit. He is frequently featured on national television and other media.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 80% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Employment Practices Newsletter, January - April, 2014, Employment Practices Alert
  • Employment Practices Newsletter, May - September, November, 2014; January, March, August, 2015, Hinshaw Publications
  • New San Francisco Law Limits Employer Background Checks, Hinshaw Publications
  • National Retail Newsletter, January, March, 2015, Hinshaw Publications
  • 9th Circuit: Because of Simple Contract Oversight, Executive Must Arbitrate Separation Dispute, Employment Law Observer
  • Sixth Circuit: Retaliation Claim Fails if Decision-Maker is Unaware of Complaints, Employment Law Observer
  • EEOC Fails Again in its Effort to Bring a Disparate Impact Claim Based on Background Checks, Employment Law Observer
  • No Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Says NLRB, Employment Law Observer
  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Employees’ Security Screening Compensation Claims, Employment Law Observer
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn’t Look Too Good To Supreme Court, Employment Law Observer
  • Wilting Under A White-Hot Spotlight, Saks Settles Transgender Case, Employment Law Observer
  • WDW Not the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for Some Disney Performers, Employment Law Observer
  • Of Interest: U.S. Supreme Court Finds Constitutional Support For Same-Sex Marriage, Employment Law Observer
  • That’s A Lotta Cheddar: Pizza Chain Pays Big to End Background Check Case, Employment Law Observer
  • It May Be A Lawyer Doing Work At A Law Firm…But Don’t Call It ‘Legal Work’, Employment Law Observer
  • Lecturer, Employment Agreements, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, 2021-Present
  • "Avoiding HR Legal Landmines", National Business Institute, Naperville, Illinois, September 27, 2017
  • "Misclassification: Employee or Independent Contractor? The Risks of Getting it Wrong", National Hinshaw Webinar, November 2015
  • "The Labor & Employment Year in Review", Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015
  • "Sex, Drugs and Gun Control: Today’s Headlines in Your Workplace," and "The Labor & Employment Year in Review", Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015
  • "Employment Agreements: Providing Certainty During and After an Employment Relationship," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2014
  • "Ultimate Guide to Business Contracts," Webcast, National Business Institute, July 2014
  • "Avoiding and Defending Claims of Retaliation," Council on Education in Management, Chicago, Illinois, September 2012
  • "Taking on the Toughest Investigation Challenges," Council on Education in Management Seminar—Solving Complex Employment Law and HR Problems in Illinois, Oak Brook, Illinois, June 2009
  • "Policies and Practices to Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability," New York, New York, April 2009
  • "Avoiding Claims of Harassment," New York, New York, January 1999
  • "Loss Prevention and Risk Management of Employment-Related Liabilities," American Conference Institute Seminar—Employment Practices Liability Insurance, New York, New York, September 1998
  • "Avoiding and Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims," Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, October 1997
  • "Avoiding Claims of Discrimination," Chicago, Illinois, August 1996
  • "Avoiding and Investigating Claims of Sexual Harassment," Anaheim, California, March 1996
  • "Workplace Violence," San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, California, February 1996
  • "Dealing with In-House Conflicts of Interest," DRI's For the Defense, November 2001
  • WEBINAR: Hinshaw's Employee Misclassification Webinar Series, October 13, 2015
  • Patrick Dolan Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article on Privacy Issues, May 14, 2014
  • Provide lecturers to Northwestern Kellogg business school students on employment agreement and legal issues in the workplace. , Employment Law Lecturer, Lecturer, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
  • Recognized, 2018-2023, Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Selected to join Lawyers of Distinction in 2019, Member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Justice William Bablitch, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Recognized, Employment Law: Management, 2015 - 2023, Leading Lawyer
  • Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
Educational Background:
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Industry Groups:
  • Advertising
  • Airlines
  • Cannabis
  • Investment Banking
  • Law Firms
  • Physicians
  • Private Equity/venture Capital
  • Retail
  • Tech
  • Trading

Office location for Patrick D. Dolan

55 W. Monroe Street
Suite 3330
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-997-5774


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

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