Biography

Patrick is an experienced trial attorney and Certified Appellate Specialist whose practice includes high-stakes commercial litigation, municipal litigation and appellate law. He helps clients overcome legal challenges so they can focus on their business.

Commercial Litigation

Patrick helps clients solve complex business disputes involving significant claims across a wide range of industries. He regularly represents clients in multimillion-dollar contract disputes and extra-contractual commercial tort claims before judges in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, North Carolina Business Court and North Carolina Superior Courts.

An adjunct professor of business torts at Wake Forest School of Law, Patrick has a detailed grasp of the issues at the heart of complex commercial litigation, and is able to help his clients navigate the legal intricacies of even the most intractable business disputes.

Municipal Litigation

Municipalities facing litigation turn to Patrick to defend their interests against allegations of civil rights violations, police misconduct, employment discrimination, breach of contract and other claims. Patrick is an experienced advocate, well versed in handling both the legal aspects of municipal litigation and the accompanying crisis management challenges.

Appellate Law

Patrick represents clients throughout the litigation process, handing commercial and municipal cases not only in the trial court, but in the appellate courts as well. He is one of a small number of appellate attorneys in private practice who have earned the designation of Certified Appellate Specialist from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Client Resources

North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog

Patrick is a contributing author on this blog, which provides news, information and tips for practicing law in North Carolina’s State and Federal Appellate Courts. Visit the blog.

Before Fox Rothschild

Patrick was a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, which combined with Fox Rothschild in 2018.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Patrick is an adjunct professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, teaching Business and Commercial Torts. He previously served on the Middle District of North Carolina’s Merit Selection Panel for the reappointment of Magistrate Judge L. Patrick Auld and currently serves on that court’s Merit Selection Panel for the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake. He also co-chaired the Greensboro Bar Association’s Pro Bono Initiative, “Second Chance Project” from 2015 to 2018.

He is very active in the Greensboro community. He is a member of the Rose Council at Wake Forest University School of Law and volunteers his time with the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program and United Way Young Leaders. Patrick is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Greensboro. 

Patrick is also heavily involved in athletics. He currently serves as the Vice President of the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union and as a coach for the Greensboro Youth Rugby Association. He has also served as a coach for the Greensboro Parks and Rec Youth Baseball League and the Greensboro United Youth Soccer Association. He served as the Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League from 2010 to 2015 and was the Director of Men's Rugby at Wake Forest University from 2004 to 2013. Patrick is also involved with the Greensboro Sports Council and is an avid marathoner and ultramarathoner.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, listed General Litigation (2012), Civil Litigation Defense (2013-2018)
  • Named to "The Best Lawyers in America" list for Commercial Litigation in North Carolina by Best Lawyers (2018-2020)
  • Recognized in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite for Young Guns (2015, 2016, 2017), Litigation (2017-2019), Appellate (2019)
  • North Carolina Bar Association's Citizen Lawyer Award (2015)
  • Named to Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty (2015)