Patrick J. Harrington
Patrick J. Harrington began his legal career in 1985 and has been committed to protecting the rights of injury victims for the last 30 years. In doing so, he has continued a tradition of helping railroad workers that was first started by his father and his uncle over sixty years ago.
Patrick graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982 and attended law school at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He graduated from Loyola in 1985 and immediately joined his father, uncle and brother in their FELA law practice. The Harringtons have a long history of protecting the rights of injured railroad employees under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) and Patrick has been proud to carry on that tradition. He has successfully handled hundreds of FELA cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Midwest and he has authored a number of appellate briefs on behalf of his clients in state and federal court.
Patrick is proud to be a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA). ARLA is a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to the representation of injured railroad workers or their families. ARLA members represent injured workers in their efforts to be compensated fairly and also promote rail safety and safe working conditions for all railroad employees.
As a strong advocate on behalf of his clients, Patrick believes that education is the key to helping individuals protect their rights under the law. As a result, he spends a great deal of time attending the meetings of railroad union locals, speaking to the membership and advising them of their rights under the various federal laws that are designed to protect railroad workers.
In 2005, Patrick was recognized as a Chicago “Super Lawyer” by his peers, and he has been recognized every year since then. He holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating of legal ability, experience and ethics.
Patrick is a proud member of the United Transportation Union, Local 1383. He has been admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as numerous United States District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
Through his participation in various bar associations he promotes and supports the American Civil Justice system. In addition to his membership in ARLA, he is a member of the Railroad Law and FELA Sections of the American Association for Justice as well as a number of local bar associations and community groups. He has been active in his local community by serving on his local school board. Patrick and his wife are life long residents of the Chicago area where they are currently raising their five children.
Patrick is admitted in the following states and federal district and appellate courts:
- United States Supreme Court
- State of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois