Patrick Salvi II will serve as a panelist in our upcoming program, “How To Become a Rising Star: Tips from Chicago’s Best,” on October 25 from 12:00-1:30 pm at the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin. Join us to hear more practical tips about how to make yourself stand out in Chicago’s legal community. Click here to register.
Where do you work and what is your practice area?
Patrick: Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard PC. Plaintiff’s personal injury, focusing on catastrophic injury in a variety of contexts, including medical malpractice, auto, premises, product liability, and toxic torts.
When you were a young attorney, did you network or become involved in the community? If so, how?
Patrick: Yes. I networked extensively with the Plaintiff’s organizations, ITLA and AAJ. Additionally, I became involved at a Catholic school on the southwest side of Chicago as a board member. I also tried to attend various events put on by the ISBA, CBA, or other bar organizations, or just generally with respect to events in the Chicago legal community.
What do you believe you did differently from your peers in order to succeed?
Patrick: This is a very difficult question because I have had opportunities that my peers have not had, working with my dad at a prominent personal injury firm that he started. Standing on the shoulders of my dad and two of my other mentors, Mike Schostok and David Pritchard, I wanted to help bring the firm to the next level of success in helping our clients. While not all young lawyers are afforded this luxury, I was able to try big cases early in my career. In doing so, I became more comfortable turning down offers of substantial amounts, though not commensurate with my client’s injuries. One can only do this by going through the ringer and emerging with added wisdom and confidence. I have been fortunate in my twelve years as a lawyer to have done this.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your legal career?
Patrick: I have continued to grow. I try to remain open-minded to learning new ideas on prosecuting and trying cases. I want to expand the diversity of the types of cases I handle. I’m proud of the fact that the arc of my career has included that type of growth.
What piece of advice would you give to our readers who are looking to excel in their careers?
Patrick: Don’t be afraid to be bold. When it’s all said and done, regret will not lie in the risks that were taken, but those that were not.
Patrick A. Salvi II joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., in 2007 and was named Managing Partner of the Chicago office in 2017. He concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, and product liability.
Mr. Salvi has obtained many record-breaking jury verdicts on behalf of his clients, including a $148 million jury verdict for a young woman who was paralyzed at O’Hare International Airport and a $50.3 million jury verdict for a boy who suffered a serious brain injury at birth. He has also successfully obtained a number of multi-million-dollar settlements, including $20.6 million for a man left paralyzed after a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of a ruptured aneurysm and $19.5 million for a war veteran who suffered a crush injury to his foot.
In recognition for his outstanding legal work, Mr. Salvi has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list since 2014 and was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. In 2019, he was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media. Prior to that, he was recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media (a list of the top 2 percent of lawyers in Illinois who are under 40 years old or have practiced 10 years or less) and ranked in the Top 10 for all Emerging Lawyers. Mr. Salvi was also recognized in the 2019 and 2020 Editions of Best Lawyers in America in the field of Personal Injury Litigation.
Mr. Salvi is a member of the American Association for Justice, where he sits on the Board of Governors and the AAJ PAC Board of Trustees. He is also an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he sits on the executive committee, is a co-chair of the publications committee, and a co-author of the Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook chapter on Informed Consent. He holds memberships in the Lake County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Tort Law Committee. In addition, Mr. Salvi is a board member at Legal Aid Chicago, an organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty.