Paulette A. Petretti

Partner

312.565.3100 ext. 245

312.320.8562 cell

ppetretti@edlawyer.com

Ms. Petretti directs significant legal focus to the care and handling of complex federal and state court litigation for school district, community college and municipal clients. Many of Ms. Petretti’s recent accomplishments have arisen in the area of risk management where her extensive experience in rendering advice and litigating insurance disputes has resulted in significant and beneficial awards for clients. Additionally, Ms. Petretti has accumulated extensive experience handling administrative agency matters, resolving contract controversies, and defending management against civil rights suits, employment discrimination charges, tort claims and grievances. Ms. Petretti continues to devote attention to advising clients on personnel, disciplinary matters and labor relations concerns. Legal dilemmas concerning the interpretation of the United States and Illinois State Constitutions, disputes over the meaning of regulatory statutes and ordinances, and questions relating to discretionary board management decisions all come within the scope of her ongoing legal practice. Ms. Petretti co-authored the Students Rights and Responsibilities Chapter of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1999 Illinois School Law Handbook, as well as the Labor Relations and Employment Discrimination Chapters of the Illinois School Law Handbook Supplement. Early in her career, Ms. Petretti served as Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Chicago Labor and Employment Division, where she served as a litigator and trial attorney on civil rights cases and she prosecuted cases before the Chicago Police Board and Personnel Review Board. An ardent supporter of the performing arts as a venue that encourages examination of challenging social issues, for many years Ms. Petretti has been a member of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, an organization that bestows annual awards celebrating achievements of excellence in the Chicago area theatre. Ms. Petretti received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, after which she taught high school English, speech and drama in her native State of Wisconsin. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law in 1990.

Bar Admissions


State of Illinois Supreme Court, 1990
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1990
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar 1992
U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1996
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1999
State of Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2001
United States of America, Supreme Court, 2007

Published Decisions


Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, 2015 IL App (2d) 140293 (2015)

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, 80 F. Supp. 3d 894 (N.D. Ill. 2015)

Scottsdale Ins. Co. V. Village of Dixmoor, 2014 WL 1379888 (N.D. Ill. 2014)

Westport Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, 75 F. Supp. 3d 821 (N.D. Ill. 2014)

Craig v. Rich Tp. High Sch. Dist. 227, 736 F.3d 1110 (7th Cir. 2013)

Craig v. Rich Tp. High Sch. Dist. 227, 2013 WL 608411 (2013)

American Safety Cas. Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, 578 F.3d 475 (7th Cir. 2012)

American Safety Cas. Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, 776 F. Supp. 2d 670 (N.D. Ill. 2011)

American Safety Cas. Ins. Co. v. City of Waukegan, No. 07 C 1990, 2009 WL 855795 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 30, 2009)

Northfield Ins. Co. of City of Waukegan, 701 F.3d 1124 (7th Cir. 2012)

Jacobeit v. Rich Tp. High School Dist. 227, 2012 WL 1044509 (2012)

Plock v. Bd. of Educ. of Freeport Sch. Dist. No. 145, 396 Ill. App. 3d 960 (2d Dist. 2009)

Plock v. Bd. of Educ. of Freeport Sch. Dist. No. 145, 545 F. Supp. 2d 755 (N.D. Ill. 2007)

Sinio v. McDonald’s Corp., No. 04 C 4161, 2007 WL 869553 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 19, 2007)

Sinio v. McDonald’s Corp., No. 04 C 4161, 2005 WL 1311131 (N.D. Ill. May 16, 2005)

Amoroso-Levato v. Batavia Sch. Dist. 101, No. 06 C 6201, 2006 WL 3343776 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 15, 2006)

Mostow v. Hinsdale Twp. High Sch. Dist., No. 06 C 4505,2006 WL 2505798 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 25, 2006)

Cole v. Forest Park Sch. Dist. 91, No. 06 C 1087, 2006 WL 1735252 (N.D. Ill. June 19, 2006)

Barner v. City of Harvey, No. 95 C 3316, 2004 WL 2092009 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 15, 2004)

Brewton v. City of Harvey, 319 F. Supp. 2d 890 (N.D. Ill. 2004)

Brewton v. City of Harvey, 285 F. Supp. 2d 1121 (N.D. Ill. 2003)

Insurance Trust v. River Trails School, 2003 WL 22175626 (2003)

Cady v. S. Suburban Coll., 310 F. Supp. 2d 997 (N.D. Ill. 2004)

Galdikas v. Fagan, 347 F.3d 625 (7th Cir. 2003)

Galdikas v. Fagan, 342 F.3d 684 (7th Cir. 2003)

Valentino v. Hilquist, 785 N.E.2d 891 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2003)

Horwitz v. Bd. of Educ. of Avoca Sch. Dist. No. 37, 260 F.3d 602 (7th Cir. 2001)

Hudson v. West Harvey/Dixmoor Sch. Dist. No. 147, 168 F. Supp. 2d 851 (N.D. Ill. 2001)

Kastel v. Winnetka Bd. of Educ., Dist. 36, 975 F. Supp. 1072 (N.D. Ill. 1997)

Kastel v. Winnetka Bd. of Educ., Dist. 36, 946 F. Supp. 1329 (N.D. Ill. 1996)

Howard v. Bd. of Educ. of Sycamore Sch. Dist. No. 427, 876 F. Supp. 959 (N.D. Ill. 1995)

Swick v. City of Chicago, 11 F.3d 85 (7th Cir. 1993)