Firm Talent Pool Grows

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Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella P.C. is very pleased to announce that Patrick D. Thompson and Joseph P. Roddy recently joined the Firm as partners. Mr. Thompson brings a real estate, zoning and public finance practice to the Firm, while Mr. Roddy brings a complex commercial litigation practice.

Patrick D. Thompson
Patrick Thompson represents entrepreneurial and institutional clients in general real estate, land use and zoning, tax increment financing, development and real estate litigation matters. He represents developers and property owners in contract negotiations, due diligence, project financing, entitlement procurement, leasing, the acquisition and disposition of property, and real estate tax reduction proceedings. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Thompson was a partner in the Chicago office of UK-based DLA Piper.

“I have known and respected many of the attorneys at Burke, Warren for years,” says Mr. Thompson. “Having been part of a top global real estate practice at DLA Piper, I know what quality representation means. When I determined that it would be best to serve my clients within a first-class regional real estate firm, I looked no further than Burke, Warren and have been very happy with the result.”

“Patrick’s decision to join us will benefit the Firm’s existing clients as well as the new clients he will bring to us,” says Jeffrey D. Warren, the Firm’s managing partner. “It’s the culmination of our effort to broaden our commercial real estate practice by adding a recognized and well-respected expert in land use, zoning, development and tax reduction with experience throughout the entire Chicago metropolitan area. We now have more to offer our commercial real estate clients who own or want to develop projects in Chicago and its surrounding communities.We also believe Patrick’s clients will be well-served by having access to key practice groups, such as estate planning, that Patrick couldn’t offer them before.”

Mr. Thompson’s experience includes serving a national developer in a mixed-use, 50-story, 389-unit project in Chicago, securing zoning and land use approvals for development of the Chicago Children’s Museum, and the representation of a Fortune 100 company in the purchase of 70 acres from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Lockport, Illinois.

His work outside of the practice of law includes membership on the Illinois Attorney General’s Business Advisory Council as well as the South Loop Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Thompson is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

Mr. Thompson earned his B.A. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. He is a Chicago native and resides in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood with his wife and three children.

Joseph P. Roddy
Mr. Roddy’s practice encompasses business litigation, white collar defense and government relations, where he employs his particular expertise in the areas of employment litigation and government regulatory law. Mr. Roddy also represents entities in connection with internal corporate and municipal investigations.

“I chose Burke, Warren for the high quality of legal work the Firm provides,” says Mr. Roddy. “It feels great to introduce my clients to the tremendous group of attorneys and staff here. There is a high level of comfort when you walk throughout the office and meet the people who make up the Firm.”

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Roddy was a litigation partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago.

Some of Mr. Roddy’s notable results include winning a jury award of $500,000 for a real estate development client in a breach of contract suit; a six-figure settlement in favor of a Chicago software company in a breach of fiduciary duty action; and obtaining summary judgment following five years of litigation on behalf of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department in a Section 1983 Civil Rights class action matter that sought in excess of $15 million.

Mr. Roddy’s roots with the Firm date back to 1989, when he spent the summer alongside the Firm’s John Darrow as a summer associate. Upon graduation, Mr. Roddy chose to begin his career as a prosecutor in the Cook County States Attorneys’ Office where he prosecuted more than 35 jury trials and argued 11 cases before the Illinois Appellate Court. His work included the investigation of the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples street gang, during which he testified as part of the Federal government’s successful prosecution of the gang.

“We are delighted that 22 years after his internship with us, Joe has decided to rejoin us as a partner,” says Jeff Warren. “Joe’s broad commercial litigation expertise, combined with his experience as a prosecutor who knows how to try cases, adds even more muscle to our considerable litigation practice. We welcome Joe and look forward to serving his clients.”

Mr. Roddy received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1986, and his J.D., with honors, from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1990. He also spent several years serving as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He resides in Glencoe with his wife and four children.

Mr. Thompson can be reached at 312/840-7039 or Mr. Roddy can be reached at 312/840-7033 or

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