Pat is a trial and appellate litigator in the firm’s complex litigation group. Among others, Pat has represented healthcare providers in ERISA and managed care litigation, government contractors in trade secrets and whistleblower disputes, and real estate developers in land use and commercial cases.
Pat has experience at virtually every stage of the litigation process. Pat has tried cases to verdict as first chair, argued appeals before state supreme courts and federal appellate courts, and represented clients as lead counsel in resolving matters outside the courtroom.
Before entering private practice, Pat clerked for Special Master Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman at the US Court of Federal Claims and served in the Office of Staff Counsel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also interned for the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Recent representative matters with which Pat has been involved include:
- Argued municipal tax appeal before the Supreme Court of Connecticut on behalf of nonprofit housing provider, successfully persuading Court, in unanimous decision, to recognize nonprofit’s real property as tax-exempt. See Rainbow Housing Corp. v. Town of Cromwell, 340 Conn. 501 (2021).
- Represented government contractor in internal investigation, subsequent Department of Defense investigation, and related litigation arising out of employment dispute, culminating in no findings of liability and dismissal of suit. See Irazola v. Fors Marsh Grp., No. 1:19-CV-554, 2019 WL 3294900, at *1 (E.D. Va. June 28, 2019).
- Represented municipality as first-chair in multi-day evidentiary hearing to enforce settlement agreement in decade-long construction dispute. See Dzurenda v. Cumberland Farms Inc., No. HHD-CV20-5063495-S (Conn. Super. Ct.).
- Tried premises-liability dispute as first chair on behalf of convenience-store chain, resulting in no-liability finding. See City of Stamford v. Ten Rugby Street, LLC, No. FST-CV11-6011306-S (Conn. Super. Ct.).
- Drafted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of national trade association in high-profile real estate litigation. See, e.g., Cmty. Housing Improvement Program v. City of New York, No. 20-3366 (2d Cir.); Int’l Investors v. Town Plan & Zone Comm’n of the Town of Fairfield, No. 20579 (Conn.).
- Represented Chapter 11 trustee in civil RICO adversary proceeding against owners of grocery store chain, resulting in six-figure award of discovery sanctions and eight-figure settlement of claims. See Yancey v. Kang, No. 1:16-AP-01005 (Bankr. E.D. Va.).
Publications, Presentations, & Recognitions
- Super Lawyers: Rising Star (Business Litigation, Connecticut) 2020-2021
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Environmental Law, Connecticut) 2021-2022
- Super Lawyers: Rising Star (Business Litigation, Washington, DC) 2019
- Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll: High Honors (2017-2020)
- Business & Property Contracts in the Coronavirus Crisis, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce (Apr. 23, 2020) (Panelist)
- Knick v. Township of Scott, Home Builders & Remodelers Ass’n of Conn. Developers’ Forum (Jan. 9, 2020) (Panelist)
- Client Counseling in Appeals, George Washington University School of Law (Fall 2019, Spring 2020) (Guest Lecturer)
Prior to joining ArentFox Schiff, Pat practiced commercial litigation for five years with law firms in Washington, DC, and Connecticut.
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia Bar
- Connecticut Bar
- US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- US Supreme Court
- US District Court, Western District of New York
- US Court of Federal Claims
- US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- US District Court, Western District of Virginia
- US District Court, District of Maryland
Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2014University of Pittsburgh, BA, cum laude, 2011