T. Patrick Rice

T. Patrick Rice

Wheaton, Illinois


Mr. Rice's practice is concentrated in claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, medical and dental malpractice. Additionally, he has been lead counsel for insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage, personal, private, and corporate liability matters. He has conducted over one hundred jury trials concerning civil law matters.

Exemplary Litigation Results

Plaintiff Claims

  • Settlement -- $300,000.00
    A 55 year old woman was injured in an automobile collision. The plaintiff experienced significant right hip pain, resulting in an arthroscopic procedure for labrum acetabular tear and a subsequent right hip replacement. The underlying insurance carrier paid $100,000.00, and the matter was settled for the additional $200,000.00 in underinsured motorist insurance on the eve of trial.
  • Settlement -- $295,000.00
    The 60 year old male client was involved in a significant T-bone automobile collision whereby he had a laceration to his forehead, fracture to the small finger on his right hand, and a patellar fracture to his right knee which required surgical repair and rehabilitation. The matter was settled for $295,000.00.
  • Settlement - $5,500,000.00
    This was a medical malpractice claim whereby the physicians and nurses failed to recognize that the pregnant mother of a child was under duress and stress at the time of delivery. As a result, the child sustained severe hypoxic ischemia which resulted in severe encephalopathy and neurologic damage to the baby. The child suffers from partial paralysis, and her cognitive function and speech is impaired. The case settled within a month of trial with the claims being against the physician who performed the delivery and the hospital where the delivery was performed.
  • Settlement -- $500,000.00
    A twelve year old minor boy was injured when a bat tossed by a fourteen year old boy struck him in the eye. The minor underwent enucleation and prosthetic care and treatment. The homeowner's insurance carrier for the parents of the fourteen year old boy settled on the eve of trial.
  • Verdict -- $450,000.00
    The 49 year-old female client was struck head-on by a vehicle that was turning left in front of her, and suffered neck, upper back, and soft tissue injuries which required no surgery. However, client had pre-existing condition of rheumatoid arthritis since she was ten years old. Claimed medical bills were over $50,000.00.
  • Settlement -- $907,000.00
    The 24 year-old female client was rendered a paraplegic from a head-on collision in a Downers Grove construction zone. She skidded across the center line before colliding with another automobile.
  • Settlement -- $1,500,000.00
    A 49 year-old man was killed in a head-on collision where the driver of a semi-tractor trailer crossed the center line. The client's estate claimed the semi-tractor trailer was not adequately maintained. The defendant's insurance carrier, when all coverage was exhausted, provided $1.5 million of coverage. The coverage was denied, and due to the tractor-trailer's insolvency, the matter was actually tried before the bankruptcy court to determine value. The bankruptcy court rendered a value of $8 million, and subsequently, the underlying insurance carrier and the underinsured carrier paid their maximum limits.
  • Settlement -- $977,455.00
    A male drywaller, age 33, claimed that defective scaffolding caused an injury which resulted in a herniated disc at L5-S1 with fusion and discectomy. Medical bills of $53,480.00 with a potential lost wage claim.
  • Verdict -- $6,063,15.00
    A claim for two minor boys as a result of an automobile collision where their father was killed. The father was driving the two boys in DuPage County, Illinois, and turned left in front of a semi-tractor trailer. The issue was the color of the traffic signal. The minor boys made a claim against the semi-tractor trailer company, which offered $100,000.00 to settle the case. In one of the largest verdicts in DuPage County history, the jury returned a decision in an amount of over $6 million in favor of the two boys.
  • Settlement -- $1,250,000.00
    A 55 year-old male was proceeding eastbound at an intersection in DuPage County, Illinois, when an individual turned left in front of him. He sustained an injury to his ankle, which required a fusion. Medical bills were in the area of $75,000.00 with potential future lost earnings.
  • Settlement -- $977,000.00
    A product liability matter whereby the client was an employee of the City of Elmhurst and operating a salt spreader at the time of a large ice/snow fall. The client slipped, and the salt spreader grabbed his arm and pulled it. As a result, he lost half of his arm, i.e., up to his elbow. The defense alleged assumption of the risk.
  • Settlement - $475,000.00
    The 62 year old female client exited her vehicle in the parking lot of her employer's business. While walking to the front door of the building where the employer was located, the plaintiff slipped on ice. The allegations were that she could not see the ice due to the lights in the parking lot being in disrepair. The injuries included that of an aggravation of a pre-existing neck injury, which required anterior cervical discectomy at C3-C5. The management company for the building and the lighting company paid the plaintiff as far as the settlement was concerned with contribution from other parties.
  • Settlement - $250,000.00
    This 58 year old lady was involved in a collision whereby a vehicle turned left in front of her. She incurred leg and back injuries. She required surgical intervention that resulted in loss of her employment. The matter was settled with the defendant's insurance carrier for $100,000.00, and settled with the plaintiff's underinsured policy limit for an additional $150,000.00 yielding the total insurance available.
  • Settlement - $500,000.00
    In this matter, a 60 year old retired gentleman was riding his sports bicycle to join friends for a morning ride. The defendant, who was operating a company pick-up truck, did not see the plaintiff and turned left and struck the cyclist. This incident occurred in St. Charles, Illinois in March, 2012. As a result, the plaintiff suffered head trauma, arterial injury, pulmonary contusions, rib fractures, fracture of the left scapula, and a cerebral contusion. The matter was settled for the policy that was available, that being $500,000.00. Luckily, the injured gentleman made a very good recovery.
  • Settlement - $4.5 million
    In this medical malpractice claim, a boy was born prematurely and developed an E. coli infection. The physicians and nurses failed to timely treat the infection which resulted in osteomyelitis, brain dysfunction, and visual impairment. The boy was born in 2004 and receives special education.


Insurance Defense Claims

  • Not Guilty
    Plaintiff claimed that contractor modified a power lift for construction bricks which they delivered to a site. As a result, the bricks fell and crushed the plaintiff's back, causing him permanent debilitating injuries. The contractor claimed that the plaintiff was assuming the risk and was in the wrong position. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, subsequent to a demand of $1,500,000.00.
  • Not Guilty
    A matter regarding the Structural Work Act in the State of Illinois whereby the plaintiff claimed that the construction company was negligent in failing to provide adequate scaffolding for him. This five-day trial concluded with the plaintiff requesting more than $2 million and the jury providing him with nothing in damages.
  • Not Guilty
    A 32 year-old man fell at a Downers Grove condominium association causing injury to his tibia requiring surgery, plates and screws. Plaintiff asked jury for $900,000.00.
  • Not Guilty
    A female exiting a condominium complex slipped and fell on ice due to an unnatural accumulation resulting in left shoulder fracture and rotator cuff tear. Surgical intervention was required. Defense contended Mother Nature was to blame.
  • Not Guilty
    In one of the first cases tried on the basis of strict/product liability in DuPage County in twenty years, the plaintiff claimed that his lawn mower was defective, and as a result, severed his foot. The defense offered $100,000.00 to settle the claim on the day of trial, with the plaintiff demanding $2 million. We were successful in that the jury was out ten minutes and returned a verdict in favor of the defendant/lawn mower manufacturer.


Seminars and Publications

  • Mr. Rice conducts seminars on trial advocacy, civil law and practice, and tort law on a continual basis, with over fifty such presentations in the past twenty years. In addition, he has written numerous law journal articles on ethical representation of clients, personal injury litigation, and trial advocacy.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Personal Attorney/Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Wrongful Death - Plaintiff
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 1985
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
    • Master of Arts - 1976
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: History
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1975
    • Major: History
    • Major: Political Science


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, 2008 - 2010
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy, DuPage County Bar Association, 1995 - 1996
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy, DuPage County Bar Association, 1998
  • Mediator, Illinois State Bar Association, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Mediator
  • Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Professionalism, 2003 - 2004
  • DuPage County Bar Foundation, President, 2000 - 2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2000 - 2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association, President, 1999 - 2000
  • DuPage County Bar Association, President Elect, 1998 - 1999
  • DuPage County Bar Foundation, Treasurer and Board Member, 1998 - 1999
  • DuPage Bar Legal Aid Committee, Liaison, 1998 - 1999
  • General Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association, Elected Member, 1998 - 2000
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Second Vice President, 1997 - 1998
  • General Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association, Appointed Member, 1997 - 1998
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Planning Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Section, Member, 1996 - 1999
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Third Vice President, 1996 - 1997
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Chair, 1996 - 1997
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Chair, Select Legal-Medical Committee, 1996 - 1999
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Chair, Lawyer Referral Service, 1996 - 1997
  • Bench-Bar Symposiums for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and DuPage County Bar Association, Mediator, 1993
  • Bench-Bar Symposiums for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and DuPage County Bar Association, Mediator, 1994
  • Bench-Bar Symposiums for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and DuPage County Bar Association, Mediator, 1995
  • Bench-Bar Symposiums for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and DuPage County Bar Association, Mediator, 1997
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Director, 1992 - 1995
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Chair, 1992 - 1994
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Committee, 1992 - 1995
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Chair, Civil Law and Practice Committee, 1991 - 1992
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, 1990 - 1991
  • Westmont Teachers Association, President, 1980 - 1981
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • American Inn of Court
  • Justinian Society

Past Employment Positions

  • Greene, Jones, Brisske & Rice, P.C., Wheaton, IL, Partner, 1991 - 1995
  • Lindner, Speers & Reuland, Aurora, IL, Associate, 1990 - 1991
  • Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban & Fuller, Wheaton, IL, Associate, 1985 - 1990
  • Westmont Unit School District 201, Westmont, IL, Instructor, Chair, 1977 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Eagle Brook Country Club, Geneva, IL, 2001 - 2002
  • Moose Lodge #628, Batavia, IL


  • Sigma Pi