Meet Patrick Kelly
Patrick and his wife Beth have been married for 14 years. They have three children, Jonathan (4), Claire (3) and Charlotte (6 months), who will attend District 203 schools in the coming years. Patrick and Beth moved to Naperville nine years ago because of its reputation as a great place to raise a family.
From the time that Patrick came to Naperville, he has been very involved in the community, and has been an active member of the Naperville Jaycees, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, the West Suburban Irish, and the DuPage Children’s Museum’s NextGen Board.
Patrick is also currently a member of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee, an advisory committee created by City Council to provide guidance to Council regarding the redevelopment of the City owned land surrounding the 5th Avenue train station.
Patrick earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where he met his wife Beth on the first day of their freshman year. Patrick then attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and earned in Juris Doctor, along with a certificate from Chicago-Kent’s Program in Environmental and Energy Law, in 2007.
During his time in law school, Patrick completed externships at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where he was mentored by the late Honorable John W. Darrah.
Upon earning his law degree, Patrick and Beth moved to the Lake Tahoe area where Patrick focused on environmental and natural resources issues. Patrick specifically focused his practice on water rights, including how much groundwater the Las Vegas water authority could pump from northern Nevada, and negotiating settlements regarding conflicting water rights between municipalities, ranchers and Native American tribes.
After practicing in Nevada for three years, Patrick and Beth decided to return to the western suburbs (Patrick grew up in Woodridge and Beth in West Chicago) and Patrick accepted a position with an established local law firm where he focused on litigation, representing small businesses and defending private property owners whose land was being taken through the government’s power of eminent domain.
In 2014, Patrick opened his own law firm in downtown Naperville, and he now focuses his practice on real estate transactions and representing dental professionals throughout Chicagoland. Patrick’s legal background dealing with municipal issues, property rights, and business transactions makes him an ideal fit to analyze the variety of complex issues that come before City Council. That experience will assist him in working with the stakeholders involved in each issue to find a result that is best for all of Naperville.