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Patrick Andes

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Phone: 847.823.9030 Ext: 216
Fax: 847.823.9393

15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Patrick is drawn to the art of legal argument and the intellectual pliancy the practice of law demands in order to prevail. The Roman jurist Cicero allegedly won two different cases on the same cause of action and virtually identical facts: in one case he represented the defendant and in the other the plaintiff. This embodies a credo Patrick keeps before himself, that a good lawyer just needs the facts on his side, whereas a great lawyer only needs a side to argue the facts. Working hard with the client to discover the right facts can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

At the appellate level, Patrick has authored briefs which have prevailed on behalf of both appellants and appellees, including both straight appeals and petitions for leave to appeal, not only in the Illinois appellate courts, but in the Illinois Supreme Court and the California appellate court.

First introduced to criminal defense as a legal intern at the felony division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office at 26th and California and then to civil and business litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, Patrick never considers a case solely from the client’s position. The winning argument for the client may reside in the response to an argument or theory of the case brought by the other side, but it may be missed if the lawyer’s mind is closed to it.

A diversity of experiences in the corporate, insurance, small business, and provider services arenas preceded Patrick’s entry into law, affording an understanding of the business models and dynamics that often inform commercial litigation matters. For a number of years he worked for small, family-run businesses in the graphic arts trade before transitioning to corporate culture in the largest Blue Cross Plan in the country in northern California and later to MCI-WorldCom in Illinois. He has worked on significant business litigation matters and brings a natural affinity for the concepts of corporate law to the discipline. He has also been involved in many workers’ compensation appeals before both the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Illinois circuit and appellate courts. Patrick worked extensively on arbitration cases for commercial disputes in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Patrick brings a keen interest in the ever-changing and increasingly pivotal arena of technology and its relationship to the law. The Internet has transformed not only the nature of legal relationships between consumers and businesses, but even the question of where a dispute will be heard as a recent article authored by Patrick discusses. Under the new Illinois Rules of Evidence information on such sites as Google Maps may now be admitted to show that a criminal defendant, for instance, was within a thousand feet of a school as another article by Patrick suggests. Sweeping changes have also been made to the rules of evidence regarding the request for and use of electronically-stored information (“ESI”) in discovery. The scope and importance of these changes, especially for companies involved in large-scale commercial disputes spanning several years, cannot be overstated. Protocols for time-stamping and archiving documents as well as a company’s ability to provide its electronically-stored information in discovery, including increasingly even data in the cloud if relevant, are no longer an option but a given.

Patrick’s deep connections with legal draftsmanship and argument are a logical extension of his lifelong passion for writing and research. He has co-authored numerous articles in well-known Illinois bar journals with Mr. Bellas on everything from sharing provisions in protective orders to admission of Internet evidence under the Illinois Rules of Evidence. He has also written a historical novel spanning periods of human history since 9,000 B.C. and had his poetry published in various journals over the years, including journals with a national reputation such as The Iowa Review.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law

B.A., University of Illinois - Chicago
Criminal Justice

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Illinois, 2008


  • CALI Awards in Legal Writing and Advanced Evidence
  • Selected as a finalist in the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2006 Robert C. Watson Award Competition for his paper, From Moore to Sharon Terry: Gene Patents and the Map to Eminent Domain


Representative Cases

  • Authored appellant’s brief in which the California Appellate Court reversed an order of the trial court ordering the parties to arbitrate a dispute. Chhabra v. Ferry, California Appellate Court, Second District, Division Four, 11/16/10.
  • Primary author of appellee’s brief which successfully defended an appeal to the Illinois First District Appellate and Illinois Supreme Court by a majority shareholder of Exelon Enterprises Company who sought to dismiss a lawsuit filed by minority shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the corporation’s merger. Carpenter v. Exelon Enterprises Company and Exelon Corporation, 399 Ill.App.3d 330 (1st Dist. 2010).
  • Authored petitioner’s proposed findings and successfully reversed, based on a finding of no “unfair surprise,” the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s denial of our client’s petition to admit an evidence deposition as violative of the 48-Hour Rule of notice to an adverse party. (2010.)
  • Primary author of petitioner’s brief and statement of exceptions to the Illinois Circuit Court which reversed the IWCC’s repeated denial of our employer client’s petition to reconsider the award of temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and medical expenses to a petitioner whose injuries did not arise out of and in the course of an employment relationship, who failed to provide a date of accident, and whose accident was due to a preexisting aneurysm.
  • Authored a response to defendant police officer and the village of Skokie’s motion for summary judgment based in the Tort Immunity Act to dismiss our client’s personal injury suit for injuries sustained after she was cited for turning in front of a police vehicle allegedly en route to an emergency. Response argued that because the officer deliberately deactivated her lights and siren she was in violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code governing law enforcement in an emergency response and was not entitled to protection under the Act. The filing of this response hastened settlement negotiations.

Patrick has been an associate of Bellas & Wachowski since 2008. He graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He received his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, also earning a certificate in intellectual property. Patrick was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2008.