• Illinois


St. Mary's University of Minnesota (B.A., 1991)

The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1999)


Patrick D. Thompson provides counsel and strategic advice to clients regarding real estate and governmental matters. Mr. Thompson represents entrepreneurial and institutional clients in a broad-based real estate practice.

Mr. Thompson brings a unique perspective to address complex issues. As a member of the Chicago City Council, Alderman Thompson understands the concerns and constraints of government and the impact on decisions related to real estate and development. Alderman Thompson's experience enables him to counsel clients and anticipate potential obstacles. 

Mr. Thompson has extensive experience handling land use, zoning; entitlement and incentives matters including tax increment financing; and property assessment incentives. In addition, Mr. Thompson represents owners of commercial, industrial and residential in challenging their property tax assessments before the assessor's office as well as the board of review of various counties.

Mr. Thompson also represents developers and property owners in the acquisition and disposition of property, including contract negotiations, due diligence, project financing, and leasing matters, as well as litigation related to real estate matters. In addition, Mr. Thompson represents issuers, borrowers and underwriters in connection with public finance projects.

Mr. Thompson was first elected to the City Council of Chicago in 2015 and was reelected in 2019 to represent the 11th Ward. The 11th Ward is one of the most diverse Wards in the City, comprised of the following communities: University Village, University Commons, Pilsen, Armour Park, Bridgeport, Canaryville and Chinatown communities. Alderman Thompson serves on the Committee on Finance, Committee on Public Safety, Committee on Budget and Government Operations, Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight, Committee on transportation and Public Way, Committee on Workforce Development and on the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics. 

Prior to serving as Alderman, Mr. Thompson was elected Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). During his tenure at the MWRD, Mr. Thompson worked with Cook County, City of Chicago and 125 suburban municipalities on many issues including storm water management and development matters. Through this work, Mr. Thompson established strong relationships with many of the suburban mayors, trustees, board members, village managers and fellow aldermen.

Mr. Thompson received his B.A. from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 1991. He was awarded his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1999. Prior to studying law, he served as a leasing broker for a national commercial real estate firm in Chicago focused primarily on office and commercial buildings.


Chicago City Council, Alderman, 11th Ward

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Commissioner 2012 to 2015

Illinois State Bar Association, Member

The Chicago Bar Association, Member

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Board Member

South Loop Chamber of Commerce, Secretary

Leadership Greater Chicago, Fellow

The John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors


330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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