It was during a debate tournament in college that Roman knew he was destined to be a trial attorney. The adrenaline of being on one’s toes in front of a room full of people, strategizing two to three steps ahead of your opponent, and speaking to your audience is what hooked Roman from day one. It was then that he decided he did not want to do anything else besides trial work.
In law school, Roman had opportunities to try cases at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, clerking at both the civil and misdemeanor divisions in the office. He also had the honor of externing with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, even having the opportunity to see a matter he worked on being argued before the whole Court.
After law school, Roman joined the City of Chicago’s law department, prosecuting a wide array of cases, from animal care & control tickets, to vehicle impoundments, as well as gun denial matters, and department of transportation ordinance violations.
Prior to joining Patton & Ryan, Roman worked at a civil litigation firm where he was often its sole associate. This provided him significant experience from handling a large caseload in all phases of litigation; including research, pleading, discovery, motion practice, pre-trials as well as second chairing trials.