Patricia in Her Own Words

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Patricia A. O'Connor

Community Association

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 in 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.

University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.
John Marshall Law School, J.D.
Bar Admissions
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Community Associations Institute
The Association of Condominiums, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA)
Leading Lawyers Network
Leading Women Lawyers, Chicago Lawyer
Female Powerbroker, Law 360
Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network


What is one thing you do every day?
I make it a point to text my children good night every single night.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
When I was in college at Western Illinois, it was a big thing on campus to dress for Halloween. I convinced my aunt, who was a nun, to lend me her habit for the night. It took me forever to figure out how to put it on, and once I did, I went out and showed all of my friends and they were appalled.

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