A Chicago-area lawyer with extensive experience representing a wide range of clients, Patrick Andrew Fleming has developed an exceptional reputation as a tireless litigator and is known for achieving highly favorable judgments for clients in all manner of cases. As a partner with Novack and Macey, Fleming has been able to utilize his specific expertise in several areas of the law, including financial institutions litigation, partnership law and business torts, among many others.
Before earning his law degree from ITT, Chicago-Kent School of Law in 1982, Fleming attended Leeds University in England while earning the Duke of Edinburgh and Geoffrey Veale scholarships. During the time since, Fleming has dedicated himself to becoming an aggressive litigator who works tirelessly to deliver the outcome his clients rightfully deserve. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Fleming is also able to represent clients in England and Wales, as he has been admitted as a barrister in both locales.
Specializing in some of the most consistently complicated legal issues, Fleming’s litigation focus tends to be centered on arbitration, commercial litigation, government contract disputes and real estate litigation. Fleming’s legal acumen and exacting knowledge of complex legal matters has earned him a great deal of respect from his peers in the legal industry, and he has earned a number of honors awarded through a peer-review or an independent panel process.
A member of humanitarian organizations such as The Order of Malta, Fleming’s work with Novack and Macey has been instrumental in elevating the status of the law firm throughout the Chicago area. Through consistently successful litigation, Fleming has helped Novack and Macey earn recognition as an exceptional and aggressive firm capable of delivering clients the results they are seeking.
What was your best/favorite subject in school?
In high school and in college I always enjoyed and did quite well in courses related to law, history or civics.
What was your first job?
A family friend had a farm in a very rural area, so during several summers of my youth I would sometimes do odd jobs out there.
Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
The law has always been fascinating to me. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
How have those jobs prepared you for what you do now?
My first jobs gave me a sense of humility and an understanding of what it means to provide a truly vital service.
Describe the best day of work you’ve ever had.
Seeing the relief on the face of a client after what can sometimes be a lengthy legal process is always a satisfying experience.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
My clients are depending on me to make sure justice is served. That is more than enough motivation for me.
What kind of business ideas excite you most?
I find ideas to be most exciting when they come from someone who has clearly put a great deal of time and effort into the concept.
Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
No, we simply focus on getting our clients the legal judgment they deserve.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I’ve always aspired to be a good father to my daughter, and I am quite proud that I have been able to accomplish that.
What wisdom you would have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
I would advise myself to be careful not to burn the candle at both ends. I was a very eager young lawyer and was all too willing to spend every waking moment working on a case.