Patrick F. Ross helps clients prepare and administer wills, trusts, and other comprehensive estate planning documents. Patrick also represents entrepreneurs, professionals, and others with business law matters, such as starting a new business; preparing, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and leases; and buying or selling assets. With his background in commercial bankruptcy and litigation, Patrick emphasizes strategies and best practices to protect clients’ assets from potential future creditors and avoiding common pitfalls in the event of litigation or bankruptcy.

Patrick is co-chair of the Business Law & Intellectual Property committee for the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Patrick volunteers with several organizations to give back to the community.

  • Chair of the Auxiliary Board for Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth, which channels the legal community’s resources to promote best practice mentoring and tutoring programs for children and teens in disadvantaged Chicagoland communities;
  • Member of the Young Professionals Board for The Bridge Youth & Family Services, which supports young people and families in Palatine Township through counseling and therapy services, crisis intervention, and mentoring programs;
  • Board Member with Sisters of the Living Word, a Roman Catholic organization with ministries throughout the Midwest and South; and
  • Volunteer estate planning attorney for the Wills for Heroes Foundation, which provides wills, living wills, and powers of attorney free of charge to Chicagoland-area emergency first responders and their spouses or partners at events coordinated through The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section.
  • Member of the Harper College Educational Foundation Professional Advisors Committee, which helps provide our local community college with the resources to create programs, scholarships, special cultural events and educational opportunities that create community success.

Patrick graduated in the top 5% of his class and received his J.D., summa cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame (English and German majors). He served as Business Manager and Associate Editor of the DePaul Law Review. Patrick, his wife Kelly, infant daughter Avery, and husky mix Chester live in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

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Awards and Recognition

Testimonials for Patrick Ross

  • estate planning
    Patrick is very professional and did a great job with helping us set up our estate planning. I would and have recommended their services to others.
    Posted by Jim on September 6, 2015
  • Estate planning
    Patrick did an excellent job helping us with our estate planning. He was very professional, took a great deal of time to explain things to us, and was very prompt in getting our documents to us. We were very impressed and will absolutely use him again for services in the future.
    Posted by Lia on January 2, 2016
  • Excellent Lawyer
    My wife and I used Patrick Ross of the Law Offices of Robert J. Ross to amend and update our wills, individual trusts and all our other estate planning needs. He guided us through the process and gave us as much time as needed to thoroughly inform us of the issues and ramifications of the options available to us. He always answered our questions in a clear and timely manner. We were very impressed with Patrick and will definitely use him again for any future legal needs.
    Posted by George on January 17, 2016
  • Professional, Personable Planning
    Trust and Estate Planning can be confusing and unpleasant. We found the opposite to be true with Patrick's assistance. We experienced concise, clear communication, excellent command of the field, solid drafting, and a high level of attention to detail that made finalizing our estate plans easy. We would not hesitate to recommend Patrick and his firm.
    Posted by Donna on June 9, 2016
  • Goes above and beyond
    Bob and Patrick handled our estate planning documents and were extremely helpful. Very professional. The entire staff is goes above and beyond to get you everything you need and explain how things work.
    Posted by Kevin on June 10, 2016
  • ★★★★★
    My wife and I used the Law Offices of Robert J. Ross for preparing estate planning documents. Patrick Ross walked us through the documents and issues in a clear way and was always prompt in responding to our questions. The process was very convenient - Patrick even came to our house in the evening for our initial meeting. I would highly recommend them for any estate planning needs.
    Matt B.
  • ★★★★★
    We definitely recommend them and will use them for any future legal needs. My husband and I used the Law Offices of Robert J. Ross for preparing estate planning documents. Patrick Ross walked us through the documents and issues in a clear way and was always prompt in responding to our questions. First class operation.
    Daniella G.