Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

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

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

Profile

Patrick D. Thompson is an attorney at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Mr. 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. His 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, he 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, he 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 Chicago, 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, he worked with Cook County, City of Chicago and 125 suburban municipalities on many issues including storm water management and development matters. Through this work, he established strong relationships with many of the suburban mayors, trustees, board members, village managers and fellow aldermen.

Mr. Thompson is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. In 2003, Mr. Thompson was appointed to the Illinois Attorney General’s Business Advisory Council to help identify and define the issues facing the business community and recommend resolutions that incorporated the Attorney General’s assistance.

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.

Experience

Land Use and Government Incentives Experience

  • Represented the purchaser and developers of Maywood racetrack. Assisted client with annexation into the Village of Melrose Park and zoned the property to allow 600,000 square feet of industrial development and retail/commercial uses.
  • Represented developer in the redevelopment of a 9.5 acre site in the Illinois Medical District. Such representation included negotiation of a ground lease, subdivision and entitlements. The development will be a mixed-use project with residential, hotel, medical office, retail and other commercial uses.
  • Represented the developer in the development for lease to a national retailer of a gas station and convenience store in the south suburbs with all zoning and entitlement matters.
  • Represented an automobile dealership in securing zoning and land use approval and negotiated a sales tax rebate agreement which incentive provided the necessary capital.
  • Represented a developer in securing zoning and land use approval for a 450,000 square foot retail development in a south suburban community that included a sales tax rebate agreement.
  • Represented a developer in zoning and securing land use approvals for several of its development projects in the City of Chicago, including Roosevelt Collection (mixed-use), Kennedy Plaza (retail) and Lakeview Collection (mixed-use)
  • Represented a developer in securing tax increment financing for the development of retail center in Chicago.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in securing tax incentives to relocate its operations from the North Branch of the Chicago River to Goose Island
  • Represented a developer in securing tax increment financing for the development of a public park in connection with the development of an office building in Chicago.
  • Represented a national developer in its mixed-use (retail, parking and residential), 50-story, 389-unit project in Chicago
  • Represented a developer in zoning and land use issues, including the negotiation of temporary construction and storm water detention easements as well as amendments to reciprocal easement and operating agreement with a big box retailer, for a multifamily development site in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Represented a national financial institution on land use matters before the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Represented a retail operator to obtain necessary zoning entitlements to obtain appropriate liquor license.
  • Represented a developer in securing tax increment financing for an assisted living facility in Chicago.
  • Represented a developer in zoning and land use approvals for the subdivision of a 17-acre industrial site in Chicago and the subsequent sale of the newly created parcels
  • Represented the Chicago Children’s Museum in zoning and land use approvals for the proposed development of a new museum and Chicago Park District field house in downtown Grant Park
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in the purchase of approximately 70 acres of land in Lockport, Illinois from a local government.
  • Represented a developer in securing zoning and land use approval for a billboard advertisement structure.
  • Represented numerous sign companies with securing zoning and land use approvals.

Ad Valorem Real Estate Tax Appeal Experience

  • Represented national retail grocer with reduction of assessed value by more than 60% of assessor's original assessment.
  • Represented industrial company in successfully appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment in Cook County. In addition, successfully reclassified a portion of its property to reflect the use.
  • Represented an automobile dealership in successfully appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment in Cook County.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in successfully appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment in Lake County.
  • Represented a real estate investor of a mixed use retail and residential property in successfully appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment in Cook County.
  • Represent a property owner of numerous industrial properties in appealing its ad valorem taxes in Cook County.
  • Represented a real estate investor in appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment for mixed use retail and commercial property in Will County.
  • Represented a real estate investor in appealing its ad valorem real estate tax assessment for industrial property in Will County.

Professional/Community

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

Pressroom

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Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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