• Illinois


University of Notre Dame (B.A., with honors, 1990)

University of Illinois Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1994)


Patrick Bruks is the chair of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella's Corporate group and has been practicing transactional law for more than twenty years.  He represents entrepreneurs, closely held businesses, publicly traded companies, and governmental entities on a wide variety of transactions, such as debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and intellectual property matters, legislative issues, customer and supplier contracts, employment and non-compete agreements, as well as an international music festival and the renovation and operation of an NFL stadium. Many of Mr. Bruks' clients utilize him as their outside general counsel.


  • The following is a representative list of Mr. Bruks' transactions:
  • Represented the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District in connection with the $600 million Renovation of Soldier Field and Redevelopment of Burnham Park.
  • Represented the Chicago Park District in connection with the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park.
  • Represented a local bank in connection with financing the acquisition of the Chicago Theatre.
  • Represented the maker of Aerobeds® in connection with the sale of its business to a private equity firm.
  • Represented Pinnacle Banc Group in connection with its $250 million merger with and into Old Kent Financial Corporation.
  • Represented a radio station holding company in its acquisition and disposition of numerous stations

  • Represented several multinational manufacturers in licensing and development deals, acquisitions and joint ventures, and customer and supplier agreements

  • Represented start-up businesses on all types of formation issues ranging from determining the appropriate equity and compensation structures to addressing and resolving issues among owners

  • Represented executives on their employment agreements as well as their severance packagesRepresented a number of closely held business as their outside general counsel


During the course of his practice, Mr. Bruks has created and developed a process for analyzing any contract using "Ten and Only Ten Basic Questions."  This process has been successfully applied to all types of contracts ranging from simple handshake deals to hundred-page agreements drafted by a team of lawyers.  For over a decade, Mr. Bruks has been teaching and giving seminars to both attorneys and business people on how the "Ten Basic Questions" and his process can provide a significant competitive advantage in analyzing and negotiating any contract.

Mr. Bruks is an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches a course on Mergers and Acquisitions.


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