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