Patrick has significant litigation experience handling a wide variety of business disputes, construction real estate disputes, and investment litigation. While Patrick is extremely comfortable before judges, juries, arbitrators and mediators alike, what sets him apart from other business attorneys is an extensive background in business management. In addition to having practiced law for over a decade, Patrick has founded and managed several companies in the clean energy sector. As a result, Patrick understands that legal services is but one of many line items on any business manager’s income statement, a line item that must be calculated to serve the broader goals of the business operation.
Patrick is an avid outdoorsman as well as an Army veteran. When Patrick is not at his desk or in a courtroom advocating on behalf of clients, you are likely to find him on one of New Mexico’s many beautiful mountain tops, ski areas or mountain bike trails.
Not sure if it’s my military background or what, but I have found that in many situations, certainly not all, it is best to aggressively develop a business dispute case – keep the other guy reacting. The facts of a case are usually already determined by the time a client hires us. If we take 6 months to develop those facts or 3 years, the facts will be the same. But the cost of developing a case slowly is, ironically, often a lot more. Witnesses are harder to find, don’t remember the facts as well, or are sometimes completely unavailable if one waits too long. And allowing yourself to be the one reacting to the case is usually a recipe for a bad result. I always consult with a client and put them right there in the cockpit of the case with me, and together, we usually agree that it’s better to move things along quickly and aggressively. All of this requires two-way communication. We respond quickly to client inquiries and expect clients to stay actively engaged as well.