Steve Patton is Of Counsel for the Litigation group in the Chicago Office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Steve has extensive experience trying cases and arguing appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country in a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has also served as an advisor to senior management in a number of “bet the company” exposures and negotiated several multi-million settlements in complex disputes.
From 2011-2017, Pattion was Chicago’s Corporation Counsel and Mayor Emanuel’s senior legal advisor. In that role, he supervised the City’s 270-lawyer Law Department and instituted initiatives to improve legal representation and reduce costs. Prior to serving as Corporation Counsel, Patton was a senior litigation partner with Kirkland, where he tried cases and argued appeals throughout the country, and served as chair of the firm’s Litigation Management and Client Development committees.
Patton is a Fellow of the American College of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been voted one of Illinois’ “Top 100 Super Lawyers” and The Best Lawyers of America, and named one of the U.S.’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Global Counsel’s Dispute Resolution Handbook, and Corporate Board Member magazine.