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Patrick Muench


Patrick Muench litigates complex commercial cases with emphasis on ERISA, antitrust, and oil and gas disputes. He handles all aspects of these matters from discovery through trial.


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert M. Dow Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2007 - 2009)


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2006, cum laude, Rickert Award for Excellence in Advocacy, Best Brief at 2006 National Environment Moot Court Competition

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2000


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Representative Matters

  • Won a $30 million trial judgment in Brundle v. Wilmington Trust, a case involving multiple breaches of duty by the trustee and complex valuation issues in an ESOP transaction; won a complete affirmance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, establishing new law on ESOPs that has been cited nationwide
  • Represented the FDIC in its capacity as receiver of Colonial Bank; case resolved favorably to the FDIC as part of a multi-case, multi-agency settlement for $16.65 billion, the largest single-company settlement in U.S. history

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Community and Professional Activities

Illinois State Bar Association

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