A versatile trial and appellate litigator, Pat is a crucial part of Womble’s strong DC Business Litigation practice. With an adaptable skill set, Pat counsels a range of corporate clients in myriad commercial disputes. Among others, Pat represents international banks, lenders, and land developers, in matters involving constitutional torts, lease disputes, securities litigation, and fraud claims.
An advocate comfortable in any setting, Pat assists clients at all stages of litigation before a variety of tribunals. By way of examples, Pat has handled everything from settlement negotiations before third party mediators, to complex e-discovery disputes in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, to dispositive briefing and oral argument in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Understanding the importance of pro bono work, Pat also actively represents indigent clients at the appellate level. Pat’s pro bono practice began in law school, as a member of Wake Forest’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic, when he assisted in drafting briefs and preparing for oral argument before the US Supreme Court.
Before joining Womble, Pat served as a law clerk for Special Master Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman at the US Court of Federal Claims and a Staff Attorney at the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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- Represented one of the nation’s largest government-sponsored financial services enterprises and principally drafted a motion to dismiss that secured the complete dismissal of a million-dollar vendor complaint.
- Represented a billion-dollar bank holding company and successfully settled a multi-million dollar commercial ground lease dispute through negotiation, arbitration, and mediation.
- Represented a technology services corporation before the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which favorably affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud and civil RICO conspiracy claims.
- Represented a Chapter 11 Trustee and earned a six-figure attorneys’ fees award based on discovery misconduct in an adversary proceeding.
- Briefed and argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia on behalf on a criminal defendant seeking to enforce his right to a Speedy Trial.