Whitney L. Burkett

Senior Associate

After gaining admission to the Illinois bar in 2009, Whitney accepted a position at the City of Chicago Department of Law, Collection and Administrative Law Division, 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, where she gained exposure to both traditional tort and municipal litigation. Eager to hone her litigation skills, she grabbed any opportunity to appear in Court, and was eventually given the responsibility of running 2-3 motion calls for nearly 100 cases per week.

Whitney’s responsibilities at the Chicago Department of Law also extended beyond the courtroom, one of which involved the creation and implementation of a training program for law clerks and other incoming department personnel. The program that she created, which assigned mentors to new employees and provided them with model case scenarios to work through together over a 2-week period, is still in use by that division.

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 matters at once. While this would be enough to overwhelm most attorneys, Whitney acknowledges that although demanding, it gave her the necessary tools to efficiently manage a busy litigation schedule in the future. She believes that handling her own sizable caseload, coupled with the tremendous amount of courtroom experience that she gained, left her well-prepared for the fast paced world of insurance defense.

Since joining Patton & Ryan, Whitney has been an integral member of a number of trial teams, including not one, but two catastrophic injury cases. She has also expanded her areas of practice, and handles cases involving product liability, transportation and trucking, insurance coverage, and premises liability. Whitney has also been afforded the opportunity to handle matters for the firm that involve medical malpractice claims, a practice area about which she, as the daughter of the head of a multi-hospital healthcare network, feels most passionately.


  • 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