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Patrick R. Gareis,

Patrick R. Gareis is an Attorney in the Chicago House Counsel firm of Schueler, Dallavo & Casieri. Prior to joining Chubb’s House Counsel, Mr. Gareis was in private practice handling litigation matters, estates and environmental cases.  He is an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage, teaching Constitutional Law at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy.  Prior to that, he spent nineteen years handling large subrogation matters from the early investigative stages through resolution.  He has worked cases throughout the United States and litigated in both federal and state courts in over a dozen states.  At the beginning of his career, Mr. Gareis spent almost ten years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, finishing his career as a First Chair in the Felony Trial Division, where he handled major felony offenses.  Mr. Gareis has specific experience handling large property subrogation cases and working complex loss scene investigations as well as working in tandem with experts in many disciplines. 

Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 1991
Eastern Illinois University, B.A. 1988

Bar Admissions & Appearances
State
Illinois State Bar, 1991
California Superior Court, 2002
Iowa State Court, Clark County, 2004
Mississippi State Bar, 2005
Texas State Court, Bastrop County, 2010
Texas State Court, McLennan County, 2012
Federal
Federal Trial Bar, 2006
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1991
District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2003
District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2003
District Court for the Western District of Montana, 2003
District Court, Kansas, 2004
District Court, Arizona, 2004
District Court, Colorado, 2006
District Court, Minnesota, 2007
District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2011
District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2014

Past & Present Professional Memberships
Illinois Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cook County Prosecutors Bar Association
National Fire Protection Association

Additional Professional Highlights
Was appointed Lead Trial Counsel for the 2020 Expert Certification Course for the Illinois Association of Arson Investigators
Presented at MABAS 10 Quarterly Meetings for Active Fire Service Professionals
Conversant in the Spanish language