Patricia Gross was born in San Diego, California,. She and her 6 siblings were raised throughout the country by her mother and father, who was an officer in the United States Air Force. Patricia holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois Univeristy and a law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Ca.
Patricia’s legal career began in 1983 at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Mt. Vernon, IL. She subsequently served as Assistant State’s Attorney in Perry County, IL, Assistant City Attorney for DuQouin, Il and Regional Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Marion, IL. In 1992 Patricia joined the Office of Jackson County Public Defender in Murphysboro, IL. Patricia was appointed Chief Public Defender in 1996 and she remained in that position until 2011.
Patricia brings an extensive criminal defense experience to the firm, including over a dozen first degree murder cases. Patricia was a member of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar and she tried two death penalty cases before the death penalty was abolished in 2011. In addition to her criminal defense specialization, Patricia has spent years working with families and juveniles through her association with DCFS and the Public Defender’s office.
Patricia now concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal defense, family law and social security disability.
Patricia and her husband Judge Gene Gross, have raised their family in DuQuoin, IL.