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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

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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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July 9, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2018-2019

July 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended in June 2019 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class actions, arbitration, and administrative exhaustion and Title VII claims. Class Actions, Arbitration The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary,... Read More

June 24, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2019

June 24, 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: Who gets notice of a collective action – and why it matters Arbitration agreements Considerations regarding whether to adopt or continue... Read More

June 3, 2019

Snooze and Lose: Defendants Need to Raise Plaintiffs’ Failure to File Charge Early in Litigation

June 3, 2019

The requirement under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that a complainant file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prior to filing suit in federal court is a prudential, claim-processing rule that does not determine whether a court has subject-matter jurisdiction over the dispute, the U.S.... Read More

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Snooze and Lose: Defendants Need to Raise Plaintiffs’ Failure to File Charge Early in Litigation
June 4, 2019

The requirement under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that a complainant file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prior to filing suit in federal court is a prudential, claim-processing rule that does not determine whether a court has subject-matter jurisdiction over the dispute, the U.S. Read More

By Nadine C. Abrahams, John M. Nolan, Paul Patten and Collin O’Connor Udell

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