Pat represents clients in a variety of industries throughout the United States in every aspect of pre-trial, trial and post-trial activity. He has extensive, in-depth experience in cases involving complex scientific, engineering and financial issues. Much of this experience involves defending high-exposure, multi-party cases for Fortune 50 companies. His practice spans product liability, construction and commercial cases to insurance, antitrust, appellate and civil rights actions.
In addition to his successful trial work, Pat has obtained favorable results for clients through motion practice and settlement negotiations. He also counsels clients on strategies designed both to fend off and resolve litigation. Pat is involved in the firm's in-house trial practice programs for lawyers at various stages of their careers.
Before entering private practice, Pat served as a judicial clerk to The Hon. Howard F. Sachs of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.
Pat is a regular contributor to a nationwide radio program on credit and wealth-building strategies, among other topics. He also contributes time and resources to the Salvation Army.
During law school, Pat was editor-in-chief of the Missouri Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He also received a CPA certificate from Missouri in 1991.
Author, A Valuable Defense: The Economic Loss Rule and Defective Product Components, In-House Defense Quarterly, Fall 2014.
Author, Kansas Chapter, DRI Collateral Source Compendium (2012).
Defending Fire Loss Claims, MO-Kan Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers 2011 Training Seminar; Overland Park, Kansas; June 6, 2011.
Legal Issues Facing Code Officials and AHJs, MO-Kan Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers 2011 Training Seminar; Blue Springs, Missouri; April 26, 2011.
Avoiding Litigation in the Fire Protection World, NFPA Conference and Exposition; Chicago, Illinois; June 8, 2009.
Strategies in the Defense of the Fire Suppression System, DRI Fire and Casualty Seminar; Chicago, Illinois; November 20-21, 2008.
The Role of the Inspector: Tension Between NFPA 13 and 25, NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition; Las Vegas, Nevada; June 2, 2008.