Patrick Andrew Fleming is a partner with the law offices of Novack and Macey, a Chicago-based litigation firm representing clients in all manner of commercial and business disputes. During his time with Novack and Macey, Mr. Fleming has played a major role in the development of the firm and its sharp focus on litigation, offering his specific expertise in arbitration, government and government contract disputes, partnership disputes and real estate litigation.
As an aggressive litigator, Mr. Fleming has earned a reputation with peers and clients alike as a highly effective attorney who works diligently to achieve a favorable and just outcome through the legal process. With a great deal of successful trial experience that includes securing multimillion-dollar settlements as well as defending against similarly large claims, Mr. Fleming has consistently demonstrated the value of working with a dynamic and persuasive litigator who is uniquely familiar with all facets of business and commercial litigation.
Born in Doncaster, England, Mr. Fleming was first educated at Leeds University before seeking his law degree in the United States. Mr. Fleming earned his juris doctor degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law, and has since become a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Fleming is also admitted to practice as a barrister in Wales and England, but he has put down permanent roots in the Chicago area and currently lives in Glencoe, a suburb located just north of the city.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
I purchased my first home in Glencoe, Illinois, shortly after graduating from law school in the early 1980s.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
Along with two other law students, I was living in a city apartment within walking distance of Wrigley Field.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
While I really enjoyed being so close to the ballpark, it wasn’t an ideal living situation given what I wanted to accomplish as a professional.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
I stayed at the apartment for as long as possible after I landed a position at a law firm, and I cut down on my expenses to a fairly significant degree. Fortunately, the property in Glencoe was not nearly as pricey back then when compared to today.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
It was a combination of both. I knew I wanted to start a family, but I also felt like the area was poised for a significant increase in real estate value over the long-term.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The quiet neighborhood was a welcome change from the city, and being closer to the water was an appealing feature as well. Most importantly, the price was right.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
There was not a single thing I didn’t like. It was everything I imagined and more.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
We have done quite a lot over the years, but it was about 10 years before we really made any significant changes.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
A lot of the people in my neighborhood were in similar situations, so the neighborhood has really grown together over the years. Many lifelong friendships began in that neighborhood.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
We rent the property to a family that has been there for quite a while and treats the home as if it is their own. We still live in the neighborhood, but it’s a few blocks over.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
Be careful not to settle for a home just because it’s been difficult to find the right place. This is a decision that requires a tremendous amount of patience.