About Me

Pat Hackett


Areas of legal practice: Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Probate Litigation, Family Law, Healthcare Law with an emphasis on regulatory matters.

Pat opened Hackett & Associates, P.C. in 2006, where she has deepened her career-long involvement in estate planning, family law and advocacy as a trial attorney. Her depth of understanding and experience regarding ethics and justice is grounded in her work in the fields of theology, government, and law.

Legal Experience

» Hackett & Associates, P.C. (South Bend, Indiana)

President, 2006-Present

» Bakers & Daniel, LLP (South Bend, Indiana)

Partner, August 2001-2005

» Trinity Health Corporation (South Bend, Indiana)

Assistant General Counsel, May 2000-2001

» Barnes & Thornburg (South Bend, Indiana)

Attorney, 1991-1999

Pat earned a B.A. in Government and Theology, an M.A. in Theology, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, she engaged in Ph.D. studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. As early as law school, Pat distinguished herself as an advocate and was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award.

Pat is wholly dedicated to the development of the community through education. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Notre Dame Law School and has previously taught at St. Mary’s College and Marian High School.

Pat is an active civic leader, having served on several boards, including the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, YWCA of St. Joseph County, and as a past President of Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana and the Michiana Estate Planning Council. Her service to the community also includes appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, past service as President of the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court, as well as service on the Indiana Advisory Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Ethics Committee of Memorial Hospital of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Joint Health Care Ethics Advisory Committee. 

Pat makes her home with her spouse, Rita, in South Bend, Indiana.

Professional Organizations


Probate, Trust and Real Property Section


Probate and Estate Planning Section


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