Whitney L. Burkett


Whitney is an experienced defense attorney, having practiced before multiple state and federal courts across the country.  She received her BS in Psychology from Tulane University, and after working as a legal assistant for 3 years, she attended DePaul University College of Law to pursue her law degree.  After receiving her JD and gaining admission to the Illinois bar in 2009, she accepted a position at the City of Chicago Department of Law, where she was tasked with handling administrative code violations and cost recovery matters related to demolition cases. On the City’s behalf, she appeared in a number of different state and administrative court jurisdictions, being given the responsibility of running 2-3 motion calls for nearly 100 cases per week.

After leaving the City, Whitney took a position at an insurance defense firm litigating claims involving transportation, premises liability, and security companies. There, she worked on anywhere from 40 to 50 complex matters at once, giving her the necessary tools to efficiently manage a busy litigation schedule in the future.

Since joining Patton & Ryan, Whitney has been an integral member of a number of trial teams, focusing on medical malpractice cases. She also handles cases involving product liability, transportation and trucking, and premises liability. She has defended over 150 depositions of fact witnesses, treating doctors, and expert witnesses and drafted and argued several successful dispositive motions.  Now a partner at Patton & Ryan, Whitney focuses her practice on medical malpractice and products liability claims.


  • Tulane University, B.S., 2003
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2009


  • Illinois, 2009
  • Northern District of Illinois, Federal, 2015


Chicago Bar Association, 2009