One of the most aggressive attorneys in the Chicago area, Patrick Andrew Fleming is a partner at Novack and Macey, a boutique litigation firm specializing in commercial and business litigation. Patrick has been practicing law ever since earning his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1982, and his career has been marked by consistent success in both securing and defending against legal claims. Originally from Doncaster, England, Patrick lives just north of the city of Chicago and spends a lot of his free time fishing on the shore of Lake Michigan as well as on the Chicago River.
What is your hobby?
Ever since moving to Chicago so many years ago, fishing — especially fly fishing — has been a favorite pastime of mine.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
A few of my fellow law students were from Chicago and knew about all of the best spots for fishing, and I discovered how relaxing and enjoyable it could be.
Tell us what you love about it.
It allows me to engage in such quiet contemplation that it almost seems meditative. It’s a very calming hobby.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Fishing is a pretty big deal in this area, so I am involved with quite a few groups based around all different kinds of fishing. I have not yet joined the ice-fishing group, but I have not yet ruled it out, either.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
It would be best if I didn’t take the time to actually calculate the total amount I’ve spent on gear over the years, so suffice it to say that the walls of my garage are lined with rods and reels for just about any occasion.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
There are specialty fishing shops throughout the city, but I think I spend most of my time at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters.
Are there any good books for beginners?
There are a number of really great books, but I really like “The Compleat Angler,” by Izaak Walton. It was written in the mid-1600s, but the lessons still apply to the present.
How has this changed your life?
I’ve learned to deeply appreciate the small and simple things, like a ripple caused by a gentle breeze.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Learn to appreciate being out in nature and never worry about whether you actually catch anything.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
The city is becoming more bike-friendly, so I have being trying to ride the loop along Lake Michigan with greater frequency.