As a PILI Fellow at Health and Disability Advocates, Patrick Gallagher assisted with HDA’s programs to improve healthcare access and services for children, people with disabilities, and low-income adults. HDA provides direct client services to low-income children and adults to ensure they have access to appropriate health care benefits and services. HDA also works with many state governments to develop sensible healthcare policies, and develops its own initiatives to improve access to healthcare. For example, Patrick assisted HDA staff with the development of the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, a program designed to address any legal barriers to positive health outcomes for children. After finishing his Fellowship at HDA, Patrick joined Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in the IP Pharmaceutical Patent Practice Group and the Appellate Practice Group. Most of Patrick’s practice involves patent litigation in the chemical and biotechnology industries, including Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent litigation. As a member of the appellate practice group he has assisted on a diverse range of appellate cases in addition to appeals for patent cases. According to Patrick, “working with the people at HDA showed me that diligent caring lawyers can have an enormous positive impact on the lives of many people and that many lawyers really do love their jobs. I also have enjoyed the opportunity to meet the many dedicated and talented lawyers affiliated with PILI.” Since joining Locke Lord, Patrick has remained in contact with the lawyers at HDA and continues to volunteer with them. He has also participated in Locke Lord’s Saint Procopius Legal Aid Clinic, offering legal services to members of the Pilsen community. Patrick is also currently serving on the PILI Board of Directors as a Fellow representative.
Originally published Mar 2009 Read more PILI Alumni Spotlights »