While associate Natalie Eschbach has been practicing insurance defense law for several years, her involvement with the insurance industry began well before she even attended law school. She made her first foray into the insurance world while in college, when she took a job at Traveler’s Insurance. Throughout the rest of undergraduate school and law school, Natalie continued working for Traveler’s in various capacities, acquiring a wide breadth of knowledge of the insurance industry and the nuances of insurance law.
Following her admission to the Illinois Bar, Natalie accepted a position at a small plaintiff’s firm where she was the sole associate working in support of two partners. There, she first and second chaired a number of the firm’s trials, gaining a tremendous amount of courtroom experience in a variety of practice areas, including motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, worker’s compensation, divorce, and custody and probate proceedings.
Natalie decided to apply her knowledge of the insurance world to her legal career, and accepted a position at Patton & Ryan. Since then, Natalie’s practice has focused on disputes involving product liability, personal injury, motor vehicle negligence, wrongful death, and intentional torts. She has been the leader of multiple trial teams, a majority of which were for cases that the firm inherited on the eve of trial. However, like all Patton & Ryan attorneys, she excels at developing aggressive and effective legal strategies for trial when time is short. In a recent catastrophic injury case involving a bus accident, Natalie was chosen as second chair for the trial after Plaintiffs gambled against Patton & Ryan and rejected our client’s settlement offer. After the three day trial in Dupage County, Illinois, the jury returned a favorable verdict that was $45,000 below our client’s final settlement offer.
While Natalie litigates cases at the trial level in both state and federal courts across the country, she is also well versed in appellate rules and procedure, and has drafted a number of briefs for the firm’s cases on appeal in the 7th Circuit.
Suffolk University, B.S., cum laude, 2004, distinction in major (honors thesis).
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2009