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Patrick D. Dolan

Patrick D. Dolan

Patrick D. Dolan

Phone: (312) 878-3210
Fax: (312) 878-3211

Patrick D. Dolan is a co-founder and named partner of Siegel & Dolan, Ltd. He has practiced employment and related business law for executives and companies since he began his legal career more than two decades ago in California. Mr. Dolan represents executives nationwide in matters involving harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Mr. Dolan also has many years of experience negotiating complex executive employment, compensation and separation agreements, and litigating a variety of related contract and tort claims in federal and state courts as well as administrative proceedings. He also has extensive experience drafting, negotiating and litigating restrictive covenant agreements for individuals and companies in states around the country seeking damages and injunctive relief involving non-compete clauses, non-solicitation provisions and non-disclosure agreements. He also drafts and negotiates independent contractor/service agreements.

Mr. Dolan has extensive experience counseling and representing ownership and management in litigation involving shareholder and partnership disputes. These disputes often include asserted violations of partnership agreements; operating agreements or bylaws; fiduciary duties; and shareholder rights. Mr. Dolan also assists his clients with fraud and deceptive business practices, business succession disputes, partnership breakups, and family-owned business disagreements.

In addition, Mr. Dolan’s international practice provides daily counseling, advice and litigating representation to management level employees and companies of all sizes on a broad range of issues including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, disabilities, leaves of absence, wage and hour, reductions in force, code of conduct, policies, hiring, discipline and termination, and employment related due diligence issues of mergers and acquisitions. He prepares agreements related to employment issues for domestic companies doing business in foreign jurisdictions with employees, consultants or contractors throughout the world. Mr. Dolan provides legal representation in nationwide federal, state and administrative courts involving business, partnership and shareholder disputes. He partners with companies to develop and implement employment policies and practices. He also provides internal educational and training seminars.

Mr. Dolan’s clients have included executives, individuals and companies in a variety of industries including retailers, investment banks, private equity groups, law firms, advertising agencies, technology and social media companies, airlines, churches, and health care companies.

Professional Background

Prior to co-founding Siegel & Dolan, Mr. Dolan worked for several years in the employment law practice group in Baker & McKenzie’s San Diego and Chicago offices. In addition, he was a member of the national Labor & Employment practice group’s Steering Committee while a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson in the firm’s Chicago and San Francisco offices. He was chairman of Hinshaw’s national business development and marketing committee. Mr. Dolan has also gained considerable business and legal experience while acting as general counsel to a national retail company for five years. Prior to joining Hinshaw, Mr. Dolan had his own law firm where he provided counsel and litigation representation to executives, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of employment law, partnership and business related matters.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer
  • Recognized by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in the category of Employment Law: Management in 2015 and 2016
  • Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Justice William Bablitch, Wisconsin Supreme Court


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1992
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988


  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • “Avoiding HR Legal Landmines”, National Business Institute, Naperville, Illinois, September 27, 2017
  • “Misclassification: Employee or Independent Contractor? The Risks of Getting it Wrong”, National Hinshaw Webinar, November 2015
  • “The Labor & Employment Year in Review”, Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015
  • “Sex, Drugs and Gun Control: Today’s Headlines in Your Workplace,” and “The Labor & Employment Year in Review”, Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015.
  • “Employment Agreements: Providing Certainty During and After an Employment Relationship,” Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2014.
  • “Ultimate Guide to Business Contracts,” Webcast, National Business Institute, July 2014.
  • “Avoiding and Defending Claims of Retaliation,” Council on Education in Management, Chicago, Illinois, September 2012.
  • “Taking on the Toughest Investigation Challenges,” Council on Education in Management Seminar—Solving Complex Employment Law and HR Problems in Illinois, Oak Brook, Illinois, June 2009.
  • “Policies and Practices to Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability,” New York, New York, April 2009.
  • “Avoiding Claims of Harassment,” New York, New York, January 1999.
  • “Loss Prevention and Risk Management of Employment-Related Liabilities,” American Conference Institute Seminar—Employment Practices Liability Insurance, New York, New York, September 1998.
  • “Avoiding and Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims,” Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, October 1997.
  • “Avoiding Claims of Discrimination,” Chicago, Illinois, August 1996.
  • “Avoiding and Investigating Claims of Sexual Harassment,” Anaheim, California, March 1996.
  • “Workplace Violence,” San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, California, February 1996.


“Dealing with In-House Conflicts of Interest,” DRI’s For the Defense, November 2001.

WEBINAR: Hinshaw’s Employee Misclassification Webinar Series, October 13, 2015

Patrick Dolan Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article on Privacy Issues, May 14, 2014

Employment Law Observer, blog posts

  • 9th Circuit: Because of Simple Contract Oversight, Executive Must Arbitrate Separation Dispute
  • It May Be A Lawyer Doing Work At A Law Firm…But Don’t Call It ‘Legal Work’
  • That’s A Lotta Cheddar: Pizza Chain Pays Big to End Background Check Case
  • Of Interest: U.S. Supreme Court Finds Constitutional Support For Same-Sex Marriage
  • WDW Not the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for Some Disney Performers
  • Wilting Under A White-Hot Spotlight, Saks Settles Transgender Case
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn’t Look Too Good To Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Employees’ Security Screening Compensation Claims
  • No Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Says NLRB
  • EEOC Fails Again in its Effort to Bring a Disparate Impact Claim Based on Background Checks
  • Sixth Circuit: Retaliation Claim Fails if Decision-Maker is Unaware of Complaints

Hinshaw Publications

  • Employment Practices Newsletter – August 2015
  • National Retail Newsletter – March 2015
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – March 2015
  • National Retail Newsletter – January 2015
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – January 2015
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – November 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – September 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – August 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – July 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – June 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – May 2014
  • New San Francisco Law Limits Employer Background Checks

Employment Practices Alert

  • Employment Practices Newsletter – April 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – March 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – February 2014
  • Employment Practices Newsletter – January 2014

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Siegel and Dolan is a Chicago employment law firm with a combined 70 years of experience representing executives in negotiations with the largest corporations in America.