Patrick Richel


Patrick Richel

Patrick Richel became an Associate for Cavanagh Law Group in November 2018 after being a law clerk for the firm since 2017. Richel’s skill in conducting legal research and preparation of witnesses for trial has brought an added level of resources to Cavanagh Law Group, including providing assistance in the Chicago Police Department “Code of Silence” case, Cazares v. Frugoli and City of Chicago, which settled for $20 Million.

Prior to joining Cavanagh Law Group, Richel was as a Certified Mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago where he mediated small claims and structured legal agreements. Additionally, Richel served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Debra Dooling of the Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division, where he conducted research that assisted Judge Dooling in forming comprehensive and informed decisions during civil trials she presided over. During his clerkship, Richel also drafted judicial orders for Judge Dooling related to pending class-action lawsuits, reviewed motions and researched case law for Law Division jury trials, and managed hearings for two national class-action civil cases.

Richel earned his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized by the Dean’s Honor List from 2016-2018 and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for for his proficiency in trial advocacy. In 2009, Richel also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Richel is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and is active in the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He is also a member of the Misercordia Young Professionals Council.

He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife Michaela.

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D., 2018
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A., 2009
Professional Membership
  • Illinois State Bar, 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association