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Paul Patten

Principal
Chicago

P 312-803-2570
F 312-787-4995
Paul.Patten@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Paul Patten is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Mr. Patten’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in federal and state individual and class-based lawsuits covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including federal and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.

Mr. Patten’s trial and administrative hearing experience has resulted in numerous victories for employers. He is also a frequent appellate practitioner, having obtained appellate court reversals of adverse trial court rulings against his clients. Mr. Patten has substantial experience with the personal representation of chief executive officers and other high level managers, and in obtaining personal victories for those clients.

Mr. Patten has also been quoted on employment matters in a number of publications, including the Daily Labor Report and The New York Times.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Patten practiced in both the public and private sectors. He was a Trial Attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, prosecuting discrimination claims for the federal government, including numerous large pattern and practice and sexual harassment lawsuits. During the time he practiced in-house in the insurance industry, Mr. Patten developed his company’s initial employment practices liability insurance policy.

Honors and Recognitions

Published Works

  • “Get Your Disability and Leave Management House in Order,” Society for Human Resource Management Viewpoint (June 2016) [Co-Author]

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January 18, 2019
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Paul Patten Discusses Implications of the EEOC's Digital Portals Going Dark During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019

Paul Patten discusses the temporary closing of the EEOC's digital portals due to the government shutdown, and how it impacts employers and complainants in "Shutdown, Drop in Number of Commissioners Put EEOC on Hold," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 11, 2017
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Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips Discuss the Supreme Court Declining to Clarify Sexual Orientation Bias Issue

December 11, 2017

Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips discuss the Supreme Court declining to review a case that would have resolved a circuit split over whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in "Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination," published by SHRM.... Read More

November 20, 2017
SHRM

Paul Patten Discusses Social Media's Role In Workplace Harassment Complaints

November 20, 2017

Paul Patten explains how employers can address sexual harassment concerns regarding #MeToo social media posts in "#MeToo Postings About Bosses Merit Discussions with HR," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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February 26, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2019

February 26, 2019

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Are You My Employee? – Distinguishing independent contractors and employees Prevention Pointer – Is an “independent contract” enough?... Read More

December 12, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2018

December 12, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Are you my employer? A patchwork of tests Only in California Prevention pointer Other class action developments Read More

August 13, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

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Older Applicants Cannot Utilize ADEA to Challenge Neutral Hiring Criteria, Seventh Circuit Rules
April 29, 2019

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act does not permit non-employees to bring claims under a disparate impact theory, the Seventh Circuit has ruled. Kleber v. CareFusion Corp. (7th Cir. Jan. 23, 2019). Read More

Older Applicants Cannot Utilize ADEA to Challenge Neutral Hiring Criteria, Seventh Circuit Rules
January 29, 2019

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act does not permit non-employees to bring claims under a disparate impact theory, the Seventh Circuit has ruled. Kleber v. CareFusion Corp. (7th Cir. Jan. 23, 2019). Read More

ALERT- Plaintiff’s Bar Currently Targeting Online Hiring Practices: What Your Company Needs to Know
December 13, 2017

 The latest target of the plaintiff’s overly-aggressive tactics—a company’s use of recruitment ads in hiring employees.  All industries and all forms of advertising are potentially coming under attack, including social media platforms and websites dedicated to employee recruiting.  Specifically, the plaintiff’s bar has repeatedly targeted Read More