Pat Naples is a trial and appellate litigator who assists Fortune 500 companies and individual clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts.

Pat frequently represents clients embroiled in real estate and environmental disputes.  Pat has pursued constitutional torts and takings claims against local governments.  He regularly works with consulting and testifying experts to address environmental issues in support of those claims.  Additionally, Pat has litigated contentious breach of contract claims between buyers and sellers, lenders and vendors, and lessors and lessees.

Pat also counsels clients in a range of other disputes.  He has represented defense contractors facing government investigations, Chapter 11 trustees involved in adversary proceedings, manufacturers exposed to antitrust liability, and individuals undergoing fraud prosecutions.

In the course of this practice, Pat has represented clients before a number of federal and state appellate courts.  Both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Virginia have appointed Pat to brief and argue cases as amicus counsel.

Before joining Womble, Pat served as a law clerk for Special Master Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, examining complex medical and environmental causation questions under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.  Prior to that, he was a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a judicial intern to Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Super Lawyers recently recognized Pat as a Rising Star in Washington, DC.


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.

  • Retained post-sentencing to represent a criminal defendant before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, principally drafting appellate briefs leading the Court to vacate the defendant’s sentence despite an appeal waiver in the plea agreement.
  • Deposed attorneys after successfully securing a discovery order in aid of a foreign proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a telecommunications company involved in international arbitration.
  • Principally drafted a Rule 12 motion before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, securing the complete dismissal of a foreclosure-related vendor complaint against a government-sponsored financial services enterprise.
  • Brought on post-judgment to represent a land developer on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a contract dispute, successfully inducing settlement shortly after principally drafting and filing the opening brief.
  • Managed complex e-discovery for a Chapter 11 Trustee in an adversary proceeding before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, ultimately securing a six-figure award of attorneys’ fees as a sanction for discovery-related misconduct.

Bar admissions

2017, District of Columbia

2014, Virginia

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and Western District of New York
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • J.D., 2014, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
    • 2012 Edwin M. Stanley Moot Court Competition Champion
    • CALI Awards:  Administrative Law, Antitrust, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Torts
  • B.A., 2011, University of Pittsburgh: Politics & Philosophy
    • cum laude
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