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Patrick is a member of the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, and Chair of both the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice and Class Actions/Mass Torts Practice. Patrick has handled a broad range of litigation, including toxic tort matters, insurance coverage disputes, class action litigation, and products liability lawsuits.
As a member of the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, Patrick plays a significant role defending clients in asbestos-related products liability and premises liability actions. In asbestos-related products liability and premises liability actions, he has formulated litigation and discovery strategies, supervised day-to-day litigation activities, and deposed numerous plaintiffs, fact witnesses, and experts. He has also successfully argued a variety of briefs, ranging from issues such as the Illinois Frye doctrine, choice-of-law issues, summary judgment matters, and the doctrine of forum non conveniens. Patrick has also been an active member of trial teams when matters move from the pretrial stages to the trial stages.
In addition to playing an important role in the firm's Toxic Torts & Asbestos Practice, Patrick has handled many insurance coverage cases, prevailing on a number of them through summary judgment proceedings. His advocacy on behalf of the firm's insurance clients is not limited to pure coverage disputes. Patrick has also successfully defended breach of contract, bad faith, Section 155 actions, and other proceedings ancillary to coverage issues, such as interpleader actions. Patrick has written extensively on insurance coverage matters, including co-authoring a chapter appearing within the Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance Practice Handbook, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Patrick is a regular speaker on insurance coverage matters, including speaking at national insurance conferences.
Patrick also defends clients in class action litigation. His experience includes the preparation of briefs at both the trial court and appellate court level, including successfully preserving a dismissal order of consumer fraud claims in a case before the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois. He also has taken part in the formulation of discovery plans and defense strategies, and taken and defended depositions in class actions cases, including the depositions of named class representatives.
Since 2004, Patrick's experience has also included handling products liability cases, auto and trucking cases, medical device products liability cases, and construction accident cases.
As a native of the St. Louis area, Patrick joined the firm in its Edwardsville office following graduation from law school. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a Washington University School of Law graduate, being elected to the Order of the Coif upon graduation. He was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star – Illinois (2012-2017), and is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.