Patrick is a senior associate in the Charlotte office whose practice focuses on representing (1) businesses in complex commercial disputes before state and federal courts in the US, as well as international arbitrations; and (2) employers with disputes involving trade secrets, breaches of restrictive covenants, and Title VII, FMLA, and REDA claims. Patrick also counsels the furniture industry on a variety of regulatory issues, with particular focus on new CPSC and EPA developments.
Civic and Professional Activities
- Duke Charlotte Board, Law School Representative
- American Home Furnishings Alliance Solution Partners, Board Member
- Adoption Support Alliance, Board Member
- North Carolina Bar Association, Membership Committee
- Duke Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, New Lawyers’ Division, 2017 – 2021
- North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2016, 2017, 2019
Honors and Awards
- Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (BL Rankings), Commercial Litigation (2021 - Present) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (2022 - Present)
- North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2020
- Home Furnishings Leadership Institute, 2022
- Eagle Scout
Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
- Obtained award for general contractor after two-week arbitration hearing involving claims against designers arising from $100,000,000 design-build heavy highway construction project.
- Obtained award for general contractor after one-week arbitration hearing involving claim against designer arising from design-build stream restoration project.
- Obtained award for subcontractor after one-week arbitration hearing involving cross-claims with prime contractor arising from heavy highway construction project.
- Represented project owner, an international manufacturing company, in construction dispute with contractor about design and construction of a one-million-square-foot manufacturing facility.
- Defending utility against claims arising from flooding.
- Represented large utility in administrative agency appeal challenging North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality coal ash basin closure order.
- Obtained award on behalf of bank after arbitration hearing involving claims brought by former private banking clients.
- Defending bank against breach of trust claims.
- Defended insurer against claim by manufacturer about claim for loss of business income arising from hurricane.
- Obtained judgment on the pleadings on all claims, affirmed by the Supreme Court of North Carolina, on behalf of public hospital authority in putative antitrust class action.
- Represented release-of-information vendor and hospital system in class action lawsuit alleging violation of medical record copying fees statutes.
- Representing member-manager and officer of travel nurse staffing company in dispute with other member-managers.
- Defended food service product manufacturer in dispute with Swiss company regarding intellectual property and license in international commercial arbitration in Zurich administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution.
- Defending aircraft engine manufacturer in product liability disputes arising from fatal crashes.
- Defended medical device manufacturer in pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation.
Constitutional and Governmental Law
- Defending governmental entities in cases alleging violations of the Constitution and North Carolina State Constitution arising from COVID proclamations and other legislation.
- Obtained summary judgment and successfully argued in Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Sheriff’s Office in Fourth Amendment excessive force case. Cybernet, LLC v. David, 954 F.3d 162 (4th Cir. 2020).
- Obtained post-conviction release of individual who was imprisoned for 15 years after being wrongfully convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life.
- Reunited Guatemalan father with wrongfully removed son. Pineda Elias v. Leon Arevalo, 2016 WL 8738275 (M.D.N.C. Aug. 2, 2016).
- Obtained 5-year reduction of 15-year sentence on behalf of individual who was improperly convicted of mutually exclusive offenses.
- Obtain protective orders on behalf of victims of domestic violence.