Patrick Garvey is Of Counsel in the Chicago office of Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska where he concentrates his practice in the defense of premises, product and toxic tort liability matters.
During his career defending civil lawsuits in Illinois and Indiana, Patrick represented a major, international petro-chemical firm in the defense of product and premise liability claims arising out of alleged exposure to asbestos, benzene and chromium. He also represented product manufacturers in a wide variety of suits alleging injury from steel making furnaces, fast-food consumables, playground equipment and household goods. Patrick currently represents commercial and residential property owners in suits alleging damage as a result of equipment failure, elevator defects, toxic exposure, fire cause and origin, and slips, trips and falls on ice, snow and pavement defects. Additionally, he represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in construction lawsuits; individuals and corporations in suits alleging injury and death resulting from motor vehicle accidents; and manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in suits alleging food-borne illness.
Prior to joining the Illinois Bar in 1994, Patrick served as law clerk to Judge Warren Wolfson of the Civil Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Patrick went to law school in the evenings while employed as a marketing representative and sales engineer at IBM/ROLM, a major telecommunications provider. He has been involved in publications and presentations of various legal topics, trial techniques and evidentiary issues to insurance companies and attorneys such as the DRI and Mealeys.
Publications and Presentations
Numerous education presentations to associate attorneys on various topics ranging from motion practices through discovery and motions for summary judgment. (Current)
DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar (2004)
Admissibility of Expert Testimony (April, 2000)
Common Carrier and Taxi Cab Cases (August 24, 1999)
Seminar on Lead Poisoning (1998)
Mealey’s Midwest Lead Litigation Conference (1996)