Patrick Cloud

Practice Groups:

Arson, Fraud and First-Party Property Claims

Class Actions/Mass Tort

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Legal Malpractice Defense

Accountant and Realtor Malpractice

Insurance Coverage

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Governmental

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL

Phone: 618.656.4646

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News

60 Heyl Royster Attorneys on Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 06/29/2017

24 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers - 03/10/2017

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 01/20/2017

Patrick Cloud FDCC Article Examines Settlement Without Consent - 12/19/2016

Heyl Royster Team Wins Fifth District Appeal on behalf of Madison County - 09/22/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers - 02/05/2016

Nine Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Publication - 12/07/2015

Eleven Attorneys Honored as "Emerging Lawyers" - 07/31/2015

27 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/20/2015

Cloud and Flatt Author Chapter in IICLE Liability Insurance Practice Handbook - 01/14/2015

Patrick Cloud Named a "40 Under Forty" Attorney to Watch - 10/10/2014

Firm Attorneys Contribute to IDC Survey of Law - 08/08/2014

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/21/2014

Firm Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Columns - 03/29/2013

25 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 01/31/2013

Fifteen Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers and Eight Named as Rising Stars - 04/25/2012

Edwardsville Partner Speaks at National Claims Conference - 04/18/2012

Heyl Royster Announces New Partners - 02/15/2012

Education

  • Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif), Washington University School of Law, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts-Economics (summa cum laude), University of Notre Dame, 2001

Year Joined Firm

2004

 

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Patrick is a member of the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, and Chair of both the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice and Class Actions/Mass Torts Practice. Patrick has handled a broad range of litigation, including toxic tort matters, insurance coverage disputes, class action litigation, and products liability lawsuits.

As a member of the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, Patrick plays a significant role defending clients in asbestos-related products liability and premises liability actions. In asbestos-related products liability and premises liability actions, he has formulated litigation and discovery strategies, supervised day-to-day litigation activities, and deposed numerous plaintiffs, fact witnesses, and experts. He has also successfully argued a variety of briefs, ranging from issues such as the Illinois Frye doctrine, choice-of-law issues, summary judgment matters, and the doctrine of forum non conveniens. Patrick has also been an active member of trial teams when matters move from the pretrial stages to the trial stages.

In addition to playing an important role in the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, Patrick has handled many insurance coverage cases, prevailing on a number of them through summary judgment proceedings. His advocacy on behalf of the firm's insurance clients is not limited to pure coverage disputes. Patrick has also successfully defended breach of contract, bad faith, Section 155 actions, and other proceedings ancillary to coverage issues, such as interpleader actions. Patrick has written extensively on insurance coverage matters, including co-authoring a chapter appearing within the Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance Practice Handbook, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Patrick is a regular speaker on insurance coverage matters, including speaking at national insurance conferences.

Patrick also defends clients in class action litigation. His experience includes the preparation of briefs at both the trial court and appellate court level, including successfully preserving a dismissal order of consumer fraud claims in a case before the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois. He also has taken part in the formulation of discovery plans and defense strategies, and taken and defended depositions in class actions cases, including the depositions of named class representatives.

Since 2004, Patrick's experience has also included handling products liability cases, auto and trucking cases, medical device products liability cases, and construction accident cases.

As a native of the St. Louis area, Patrick joined the firm in its Edwardsville office following graduation from law school. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a Washington University School of Law graduate, being elected to the Order of the Coif upon graduation. He was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star – Illinois (2012-2017), and is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.

Significant Cases

  • Rix v. Heartland Regional Medical Center No. 5-07-0006 (5th Dist. 2008) Affirmation of dismissal of class action claim brought pursuant to the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act regarding hospital pricing of services provided to uninsured patients.

Publications

  • “Settling Without Consent: The When and The How,” FDCC Insights, A Journal for Defense and Corporate Counsel (2016) - Download Article
  • "Additional Limits to the Targeted Tender Doctrine: AMCO Insurance Co. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co.," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2015) - Download Article
  • "Intentional Act Exclusion," chapter in Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance Practice Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Handbook (2014) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Insurance Law Cases," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2013 Survey of Law (2014) - Download Article
  • "Unintended Consequences of Additional Insured Endorsements: Coverage for an Additional Insured Where the Claim Arose from the Named Insured's Professional Services," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2013) - Download Article
  • "In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Defense Counsel as Ethically Challenged or Merely in a Position where Appearance of Impropriety Exists when Insurer and Insured have Conflict of Interest?," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2012) - Download Article
  • "Bankruptcy and Insured versus Insured Exclusions Did Not Apply to Claims by Trustee against Company Directors," IDC Defense Update, Vol. 12, No. 15 (2011) - Download Article
  • "Equitable Subrogation and Reimbursement Did Not Apply to a Self-Insured Municipality," IDC Defense Update, Vol. 12, No. 15 (2011) - Download Article
  • "Amount of Coverage for Series of Related Legal Malpractice Claims Limited to 'Each Claim' Limit of Liability," IDC Defense Update, Vol. 12, No. 15 (2011) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2010) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Off the Field: Insurance Coverage Issues”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Working Through Not-So-Common Coverage Issues”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage”
    Heyl Royster’s 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “The Insurance Jungle – Navigating Your Way to Successful Results”
    Moderator, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, St. Louis, Missouri 2015
  • “Uncertainty Piled Onto Confusion: Jury Instructions In Construction Cases After Ramirez v. FCL Builders
    IDC 2015 Statewide CLE Series, Edwardsville, Illinois 2015
  • “Handling Insurance Coverage Disputes”
    Moderator, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Bloomington, Illinois 2014
  • “Insurance Coverage Update”
    Heyl Royster’s 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Insurance Coverage Update”
    Heyl Royster’s 28th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2013
  • “Insurance Coverage Update”
    Heyl Royster’s 27th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2012
  • “Personal Auto Policy: The Fundamentals”
    PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, Orlando, Florida 2012
  • “Insurance Coverage Update”
    Heyl Royster's 26th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2011
  • “Insurance Coverage Update”
    Heyl Royster’s 25th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2010
  • “Personal Auto Policy: The Fundamentals”
    PLRB/LIRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, Nashville, TN 2011

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2015-2017). Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction.
  • Named one of "40 Under Forty" attorneys to watch in Illinois by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. This honor recognizes exceptional lawyering skills, significant contributions to the legal profession and substantial involvement in local community.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2017). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • The Missouri Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh & Eighth Circuits