Patrick E. Cordova is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.
Mr. Cordova focuses on complex litigation matters with experience in class action defense, arbitration and mediation, contract disputes, and ERISA fiduciary breach claims. Mr. Cordova also has experience in both state and federal court.
Mr. Cordova maintains an active pro bono practice. Mr. Cordova served as part of a team that represented a public radio affiliate in litigating a First Amendment challenge to a trial judge’s refusal to allow public access to the court file in the prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke for the murder of Laquan McDonald and helped obtain a rare “supervisory order”—a form of special writ under Illinois law—from the Illinois Supreme Court. Mr. Cordova has also provided representation in § 1983 civil rights actions.
Mr. Cordova served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen of the Northern District of Illinois and received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 2017 where he graduated cum laude. During law school, Mr. Cordova served as an assistant article and comment editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and was also a member of Northwestern’s Bartlit Center Trial Team where he won multiple competitions.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Cordova worked for Cabrini Green Legal Aid as a student attorney where he represented indigent clients in criminal matters. During his time at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Mr. Cordova presented and argued motions throughout Cook County and tried a bench trial to verdict. Mr. Cordova also worked as a judicial extern to former Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Cordova sits on Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Young Professionals Board and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.