Patrick J. Jesse


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Patrick J. Jesse is a Partner in our Workers’ Compensation Department. 

For the majority of his legal career, Patrick has focused his practice entirely on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Patrick has represented employers and their insurance carriers throughout the state of Illinois and in all venues. Patrick has handled numerous cases from the arbitration level through the Illinois Appellate Court – Workers’ Compensation Division. 

Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Marquette University in 2007. Thereafter, Patrick went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University in 2010. While attending law school, Patrick worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Development office as well as clerking for a mid-size suburban firm focusing on local government law. Patrick was also on the Dean’s list five out of six semesters. Patrick graduated cum laude and has been licensed to practice law since November of 2010. 

Subsequent to law school, Patrick worked for a small suburban firm focusing entirely on workers’ compensation defense. 

Throughout his career, Patrick has secured numerous notable victories on behalf of the employer and insurance carriers. These include many decisions in which compensation was denied completely. Patrick has also been successful in defending high exposure cases involving significant wage loss and alleged permanent total disability claims. Patrick focuses his practice on defending claims involving union employees and alleged career ending injuries. In addition, Patrick also defends municipalities and other governmental entities throughout Illinois. 

Patrick was honored by his peers in 2017 and named as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin, a distinction given to only the top 2% of lawyers under the age of 40. 

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys golfing, fishing trips and fantasy sports.


B.S. Finance, Marquette University, 2007

J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2010


Illinois, 2010

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2011


Illinois State Bar Association

Significant Decisions

Stephanie Lacey v South Chicago Parents and Friends – 16 WC 23133

Linda Leonard v. Lincolnway High School #210 – 13 WC 38538

Josephine Lucente v. Global Insights Solutions – 12 WC 002614

John Lizon v. Post General Contractors – 09 WC 043267, 18 IWCC 2990

Schmitz v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission – 2018 Ill. App. 170821 (Ill. App. Ct. 2018)