​Patrick is a member of the Tort, Transportation & Specialized Litigation Group with a practice focus on flood and other catastrophic and major claims defense, transportation litigation, insurance and casualty defense, premises liability, professional malpractice defense, environmental law, compliance with Medicare and Medicaid laws, and other areas of litigation. He is a member of the 24-hour accident investigations team.

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1993
  • Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2012-2021
  • Judicial and Professional Excellence Award, Mississippi Supreme Court, 1993
  • Co-Founder & Vice-President, American Inns of Court, Russell, Blass, Walker Chapter, 1992
  • Member, Mississippi Bar Board of Admissions, Committee on Character and Fitness

Education & Honors

  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors, 1988
    • Editor, Florida State University Law Review
    • Editor, Florida State University Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law
    • Advanced Land Use Am Jur Award
    • Agricultural Law Am Jur Award
    • Bankruptcy Law Am Jur Award
    • Commercial Law Am Jur Award
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., English, 1983
  • Clerkship, Judge Dan Russell, U.S. District Court
  • Clerkship, Judge Lenore Prather, Mississippi Supreme Court


  • Extensive litigation and trial experience in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and other jurisdictions.  
  • Smith v. Bennett Insurance Agency, No. 2006-0924
  • Buckley v. Pounds, 85 So.3d 925 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Perkins v. Ashbritte, No. 1:07-cv-1185, 2009 WL 2602433 (S.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Crow v. Trowbridge, No. 3:03-CV-972, 2006 WL 446093 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Weisler v. Louisiana Commerce & Trade Ass’n, No. 1:09-CV-622, 2011 WL 108949 (S.D. Miss. 2011)
  • Hale v. Harrison County Board of Supervisors, No. 06-60729, 275 F. App’x 362 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Anderson v. Payne, No. 06-60874, 260 F. App’x 743 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Mississippi Phosphates v. Furnace and Tube Service, No. 1:07-CV-1140, 2009 WL 10677257 (S.D. Miss. 2009)
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “The Murky MCS-90 Endorsement Re-Visited,” to be published in ABA Transportation Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2018.
  • Author, "The Transportation Lawyer's Guide Through the Murky World of the MCS-90 Endorsement," MDLA Quarterly, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Fall 2014.
  • Author, "The MCS-90 Endorsement-What Every Transportation Litigator Should Know," ABA Transportation Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2013.
  • Author, "Compliance with Medicare Laws:  What Every Litigator Should Know," MDLA Quarterly, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Winter 2011.
  • Author"The Medicare Payor Secondary Statute: Litigators Beware," The MDLA Quarterly, Winter (2007).
  • Author, "Antarctica, The Antarctic Treaty Regime, and Legal and Geopolitical Implications of Natural Resource Exploration and Exploitation," 4 U. of Fla. J. Int'l Law 1 (1989).
  • Author"Exclusionary Zoning Laws: Irrationally based Barriers to Normalization of Mentally Retarded Citizens," 3 J. Land Use & Envtl. Law 237 (1987) - (cited as "Worth Reading" by The National Law Journal).  
  • Co-Author, "Critical Legal Studies: A Dialogue," 21 New England Law Review 291 (1985-1986).
  • Frequent speaker on various topics at litigation-related conferences, Harmonie Group seminars, and CLEs.