A trial lawyer for more than four decades, Pat’s practice focuses on the defense of hospitals, health care providers and nursing homes. He has tried many medical malpractice cases to jury verdict and defended numerous personal injury cases over the course of his legal career. He was named Lexington’s 2015 Medical Malpractice Defense “Lawyer of the Year” and 2016 Personal Injury Defense “Lawyer of the Year” by U.S. News−and the Best Lawyers in America®.
Pat is a Fellow and Kentucky State Chair of The American College of Trial Lawyers. Currently, he is a Regional Director of the Defense Research Institute, serving the region that includes Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. He has been President of the Kentucky Defense Counsel and the State Representative of DRI. Pat has also been a member of the American Association for Justice, the Kentucky Justice Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Kentucky Defense Counsel for more than 30 years.
Applying the wealth of trial and practical experience he’s acquired over the course of his legal career, Pat is an experienced mediator. As a certified mediator, Pat has mediated hundreds of cases involving personal injury, complex torts, medical malpractice and nursing home claims, as well as contracts and other business disputes.
American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow; Kentucky State Chair (2017-2019)
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Best Lawyers in America® Personal Injury Litigation Lexington Lawyer of the Year (2016)
Best Lawyers in America® Medical Malpractice Defense Lexington Lawyer of the Year (2015)
Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice Defense; Personal Injury Litigation Defense
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Rated “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Healthcare Law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®
Kentucky Super Lawyers®: Medical Malpractice Defense, Personal Injury Defense, Alternative Dispute Resolution
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Kentucky Defense Counsel Diplomat Award (2016)
Defense Research Institute, Inc.: Kentucky Representative (2011-2014); Southern Regional Director (2015-2018)
Kentucky Defense Counsel: President (2009-2010); Past President (2010-2011); Board of Directors
Fayette County Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
American Bar Association: Litigation and Torts & Insurance Practice Sections
Kentucky Justice Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Kentucky Access to Justice Commission (2010-2014)
Association of Attorney-Mediators
Central Kentucky American Inn of Court
Defense Perspective on the Civil Trial through the Lens of a 40-plus Defense Lawyer, Kentucky Justice Association Litigation Skills CLE (2016)
DRI Is Here for You, Your Firm, and Your SLDO: It Is All About Relationships, DRI For the Defense (May 2018)
Help Me Help You: 15 Ways to Play an Active Role in Your Legal Defense, M.D. Update (May 2015)
Mediation for Resolving Disputes in the Healthcare Setting, M.D. Update (February 2014)
Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training, Association of Attorney-Mediators (2015, 2016, 2017)
Certified Mediator, Administrative Office of the Courts (1992 – Present)
Law Clerk to Judge John S. Palmore, Kentucky Court of Appeals (then Kentucky’s highest court) (1973-1974)
Assistant Fayette County Attorney (1975-1983)
University of Kentucky, J.D. (1973)
Xavier University, B.S. (1970)
Loyola University, Rome, Italy (1968-1969)
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