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Patrick M. Griffin

Patrick Griffin has a diverse legal background including both private practice and in-house counsel experience. He represents a wide array of business interests — both in litigation and in transactional matters — ranging from small, closely held start-ups to larger firms competing in the international marketplace. In addition to counseling his business clients on issues such as entity choice and formation, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and business litigation issues, Mr. Griffin places a particular emphasis on representing clients with their real estate needs, including residential and commercial sales and acquisitions, zoning and subdivision applications, annexation and disconnection petitions and all other aspects of the land development process, from initial land acquisition through entitlements, construction and sales. He also counsels clients on the formation and continued representation of homeowners and condominium associations.

Mr. Griffin obtained his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Architecture, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1991, he worked as the Director of Alumni Relations for his college fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, at its national headquarters at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He then attended law school at the Northern Illinois University College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Upon graduating from law school in 1995, Mr. Griffin began his legal career with the long-standing local Kane County firm of Shearer, Blood, Agrella & Boose in St. Charles. Mr. Griffin remained with that firm (and various successor firms) until 2011, when he joined with Robert Villa and Richard Williams to form Griffin | Villa | Williams LLP. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Griffin also served as Vice President and General Counsel to B&B Enterprises Land Developers, a veteran local real estate development firm with over 20 years of experience developing dozens of residential and commercial projects, primarily in Kane and DeKalb Counties. Mr. Griffin grew up in the south suburb of Chicago Heights where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He has lived in the St. Charles area since 1995. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, since 1997 and they have four children.

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science, Architecture,  1991
Northern Illinois University College of Law Juris Doctor,  1995 cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of Illinois
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Illinois State Bar Association
Kane County Bar Association

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

St. Charles Kiwanis Club. President, 2000-2001
Tri-City Chargers Youth Football

MILITARY SERVICE

Illinois Army National Guard
233rd Combat Engineer Company
Honorable Discharge, Staff Seargent – 1994

PRACTICE AREAS

Business Law
Real Estate Law
Corporate Governance
Commercial Litigation
Zoning and Development
Appellate Law
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Condominiums and HOAs

Why Griffin Williams

High Quality, Experienced Legal Representation

The attorneys of Griffin Williams have decades of collective experience helping both businesses and individuals achieve their legal goals. Our focus is on assuring the best possible outcome for our clients, and we’ll go the extra mile to ensure we achieve that result each time.  Whether for business law, personal injury, civil litigation, real estate or more — our goal is to earn your trust to guarantee that you count on Griffin Williams to be your Lawyers for Business and Lawyers for Life!

Local Presence

Griffin Williams is based in Geneva, Illinois — the heart of the TriCity territory of the Fox Valley Region, in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.  We have a very strong local, Chicago-area presence with a reputation for being one of the Midwest’s most capable small firms.  Our reach, however, extends far beyond our local presence, and we have handled cases spanning the continental U.S.  If you’re looking for a law firm with a regional identity and national capability, you’ve come to the right place in Griffin Williams, LLP.

Consistent Approach

The experience of our partners and attorneys at Griffin Williams enables us to follow the very best practices and legal standards to be expected of the finest legal representation anywhere in America.  When it comes to having the know-how to execute appropriate legal strategy on a consistent basis for our clients, our team scores highly.  Count on Griffin Williams to handle your employment, tort, property dispute, contract or other issues consistently and expediently.

Cost Effectiveness, Budget Conscious

At Griffin Williams, we understand that you may be wary about the costs involved with engaging our firm.  For that reason, we are conscious of the cost to you of the various legal paths we could undertake on your behalf.  We will always explain the options along with our expectation of the potential outcomes, and the time/costs associated with each possibility. We firmly believe that there are cost effective resolutions to any legal matter with which you may need our assistance!

National Reach

Our team at Griffin Williams has tried cases and settled legal matters coast to coast, and for businesses that are national and international in scope.  We are confident in our ability to handle your business and personal legal matters on any stage.