Biography

Patrick has represented construction companies, insurance companies and individual clients in a variety of matters for over two decades. He finds innovative solutions to complex problems and prides himself on doing so in an efficient and cost-effective manner. During his career he has accumulated the experience and judgment to skillfully advise his clients accounting for their business needs as well as their potential legal risk.

Patrick is a veteran of more than twenty jury trials as well as numerous court trials and arbitrations. His experience includes practicing in Minnesota State and Federal Courts, in addition to Bankruptcy court. He has also successfully represented clients in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

ABOUT

EXPERIENCED

Patrick uses his extensive litigation experience to advise clients about ways to either avoid litigation, or when that is not possible, to put them in the best position to more quickly obtain a successful outcome.

Construction Litigation

His work in the construction industry includes construction defect litigation as well as defending claims for construction site injuries. He also prepares, files and forecloses and more importantly, collects on mechanics’ liens, and represents clients in the construction industry in a variety of cases. He has tried over twenty cases to a jury, and has tried many others to judges throughout Minnesota. Through his trial work, he has recovered untolled thousands of dollars in contract fees as well as litigation costs and attorneys’ fees. He does what he can to avoid trial but recognizes when trial is necessary and leaves no stone unturned when preparing to represent his clients.

Insurance Litigation

Patrick started representing insurance companies and their policy holders as soon as he started practicing law. Even prior to graduating from law school, he worked a s a law clerk, and started learning the vagaries of insurance litigation. Since then he has accumulated years of experience defending policyholders in auto accident injury cases, premises liability cases, construction site injury cases and trucking accident cases. In addition, he has defended both general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect claims. This experience allows him to efficiently and honestly evaluate cases and provide guidance to claims professionals on how to resolve a case efficiently when resolution is the best course of action. Nevertheless, when a case cannot be resolved on fair terms, Patrick prepares for trial and defends his clients vigorously and thoroughly.

BUSINESS ORIENTED

In addition to his litigation experience, he has assisted in the formation and transfer of small and medium sized businesses, including asset transfer agreements, preparation of Article of Incorporation/Organization and partnership agreements. He has helped clients purchase and begin operation of businesses from barbershops to auto mechanic shops as well as real estate developers and contractors. He has represented clients with difficult real estate issues and assisted in the removal of problematic tenants. In each case, he listens to his client’s vision for their enterprise and designs a plan so his clients can achieve that goal.

CLIENT FOCUSED

Patrick believes that successful representation of his clients begins with strong communication which requires – first and foremost – listening to and understanding their concerns. Once he understands the client’s issue, he works with them to develop a strategy to address and overcome those problems. He understands that frequent communication that clearly and concisely informs his clients of developments in their matter is crucial for achieving their initial goal. He works hard, bills fairly and uses his experience to provide key insights for his clients’ situations.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Patrick is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and its Construction Law, Business Law and Real Estate Law Sections. He is a member of the Minnesota Propane Association. He is also active in Scouts BSA and serves as Scoutmaster for a Troop in Saint Paul. He and his family often participate in a variety of activities to assist the less fortunate, including assisting with a large-scale study of Minnesota’s homeless population and volunteering with other programs to assist the homeless.

Patrick has been nominated for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Representative Experience

  • Defense Verdict in slip and fall case with medical specials in excess of $450,000.00
  • Summary Judgment for snow removal service on issue of constructive notice
  • Multiple defense verdicts in personal injury litigation
  • Summary Judgment awarded construction client on indemnification obligation to General Contractor
  • Successful appeal to Minnesota Court of Appeals defending claim for nuisance
  • Successful brief to Minnesota Supreme Court in negligence action
  • Six figure verdict on behalf of sub-contractor in construction case trial
  • Favorable settlement in complex premises liability case with medical specials approaching $1,000,000.00.

Education

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law  (J.D., 1994)
    • Dean's List all three years
    • American Jurispridence Award

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1994

Court Admissions

  • Minnesota State & Federal Court

Professional and Community Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Construction Law, Business Law and Real Estate sections
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Contractors’ Association
  • Minnesota Subcontractors’ Association

Professional Recognition

  • Nominated for membership in American Board of Trial Advocates

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