J. Patrick Lee – Member

J. Patrick Lee graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1996 (cum laude, university and departmental honors). For several years, he worked in the publishing industry, writing and editing academic tests and textbooks.

After completing internships with the Office of the Champaign County State’s Attorney and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2002. He was an Associate at Dilks, Rodeen & Gibson (Paxton), concentrating his practice on civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense. During this period, Mr. Lee’s defense in a first degree murder trial led the Illinois Supreme Court to substantially broaden the criminal defense of involuntary intoxication. Thereafter, Mr. Lee was an Associate with Sunderland, Spenn, Johnson & Thompson (Watseka) and acted in Assistant Public Defender for Iroquois County while continuing a general civil practice.

Since joining Craig & Craig as an Associate in 2004, Mr. Lee has continued to focus on civil defense, family law, and criminal defense.


Practice Areas



  • University of Illinois, J.D., 2002
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1996



  • 2002, Illinois



  • Coles-Cumberland Bar Association
  • Illinois State & American Bar Associations.

Born: Springfield, Illinois, May 4, 1974