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Patrick D. Dolan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Chicago, IL

Siegel & Dolan Ltd.
150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-878-3210
Fax: 312-878-3211
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Siegel & Dolan, Ltd., Patrick D. Dolan focuses his practice on labor and employment law. From the firm's office in Chicago, Illinois, he has provided representation to companies and executives throughout the country in a variety of matters most often involving employment contracts, separation agreements and complex compensation and equity issues. The types of cases that Mr. Dolan has handled have included sexual harassment, hiring and workplace discrimination, and wrongful termination and other prohibited forms of retaliation. He also has extensive experience with claims arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour disputes involving the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois labor laws, and cases involving the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Mr. Dolan regularly prepares and reviews employment, trade secrets and noncompete agreements, and his experience extends to the negotiation and preparation of compensation and separation contracts. His litigation experience has encompassed the enforcement of these and other agreements as well as representing management in partnership and shareholder disputes. Mr. Dolan regularly provides advice and counsel to companies regarding employment policies and risk avoidance, and he has given internal employment training seminars. His clients have included advertising agencies, law firms, investment banks, airlines, technology companies, churches and social media outlets.

In addition to being admitted to practice before all Illinois and California state courts, Mr. Dolan is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, majoring in political science and receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. His legal education came at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1992.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022

About Patrick D. Dolan

First Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "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
  • Employment Law Observer, blog posts 9th Circuit: Because of Simple Contract Oversight, Executive Must Arbitrate Separation Dispute, It May Be A Lawyer Doing Work At A Law Firm…But Don't Call It 'Legal Work', That's A Lotta Cheddar: Pizza Chain Pays Big to End Background Check Case, Of Interest: U.S. Supreme Court Finds Constitutional Support For Same-Sex Marriage, WDW Not the 'Happiest Place on Earth' for Some Disney Performers, Wilting Under A White-Hot Spotlight, Saks Settles Transgender Case, Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn't Look Too Good To Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court Denies Employees' Security Screening Compensation Claims, No Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Says NLRB, EEOC Fails Again in its Effort to Bring a Disparate Impact Claim Based on Background Checks, Sixth Circuit: Retaliation Claim Fails if Decision-Maker is Unaware of Complaints.
  • Hinshaw Publications Employment Practices Newsletter - August 2015, National Retail Newsletter - March 2015, Employment Practices Newsletter - March 2015, National Retail Newsletter - January 2015, Employment Practices Newsletter - January 2015, Employment Practices Newsletter - November 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - September 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - August 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - July 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - June 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - May 2014, New San Francisco Law Limits Employer Background Checks.
  • Employment Practices Alert Employment Practices Newsletter - April 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - March 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - February 2014, Employment Practices Newsletter - January 2014.  

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988


  • Recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer
  • Selected to join Lawyers of Distinction in 2019, Member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Justice William Bablitch, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Recognized by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in the category of Employment Law: Management in 2015 and 2016
  • Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review

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
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Office Location for Patrick D. Dolan

150 North Wacker Drive
Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-878-3210

Fax: 312-878-3211

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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