Patricia Bobb ’72 is no stranger to award receptions. She has been honored many times over the course of her career, including her selection as the leading woman lawyer in Illinois three years in a row by the Leading Lawyers Network, and her selection by the Chicago Sun Times as one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago.
Bobb’s latest award is from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, which will present her with the Esther Rothstein Award for having “demonstrated a visionary approach in [her] professional endeavors by making a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women, while freely giving back to other women and members of the legal profession.”
“She was a real trailblazer,” says Illinois Appellate Court Justice Sheila O’Brien ’80 of Bobb. “She was a woman trial lawyer in Chicago when no other women were. She is respected and liked by everyone, which is hard to manage.”
Bobb is principal of the law firm Patricia C. Bobb & Associates. A civil trial lawyer, Bobb specializes in plaintiffs’ personal injury law with an emphasis in medical malpractice litigation.
Prior to working in the private sector, Bobb served as an assistant state’s attorney for Cook County in the felony trial division after graduating from Notre Dame Law School.
Bobb is involved in the training of other lawyers as a member of the Board of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy having previously served as its chairman. She serves as an appointed member of the Chicago Police Board and a member of the Chicago Network Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its board of managers.
Bobb has taught, spoken, and written for various bar associations and advocacy programs for more than 30 years, including the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and many other state and national organizations.