Patti O'Connor is a partner in the Community Association Group. She represents cooperatives, condominium and homeowner's associations in all aspects of governance and litigation, including declaration and bylaw amendments and enforcement, assessment collections, owner bankruptcies and foreclosures, evictions, injunctions, covenant enforcement and developer and construction defect litigation.

A frequent lecturer and author, Patti also focuses her efforts on leading a practice group that is recognized as a premier provider of legal services to community associations in the greater Chicagoland area.  Those services include:

  • providing legal and business advice regarding all aspects of association operations and governance;
  • representing associations in litigation, including building code violations;
  • preparing declaration and bylaw amendments;
  • drafting rules and regulations;
  • enforcing restrictions, covenants, and rules and regulations;
  • serving as registered agent;
  • preparing board resolutions, notices, ballots, proxies and other corporate documents;
  • reviewing loan documentation;
  • reviewing and negotiating contracts;
  • guiding associations through transition from developer control and addressing turnover issues;
  • addressing insurance issues, including coverage claims;
  • drafting easement and license agreements;
  • conversions of cooperatives to condominiums;
  • reviewing and advising on requests for accommodations by disabled residents; and
  • defending Fair Housing Act complaints and other claims of discrimination.


  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1985

    Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., 1981
    John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1985

  • Memberships: Chicago Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Community Associations Institute
    The Association of Condominiums, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA)
    Leading Lawyers Network

  • Honors & Awards: Leading Women Lawyers, Chicago Lawyer
    Female Powerbroker, Law 360
    Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network, 2016