Patrick joined Reed Smith’s Appellate Group in 2013 following a clerkship with Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Eldoret, Kenya.
As a member of the firm’s Appellate Group, Patrick has briefed a variety of appeals in federal and state court. In addition, he has developed an extensive pro bono practice, representing clients in civil rights proceedings, protection from abuse matters, name change hearings, and landlord-tenant disputes. Notably, in 2015, Patrick represented a client pro bono in achieving recognition of the nation’s first same-sex common law marriage through a retroactive application of Obergefell v. Hodges. Also, in a death penalty case concerning the Governor of Pennsylvania’s constitutional power to issue reprieves, Patrick successfully represented the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Jewish Social Policy Action Network in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Patrick’s legal scholarship focuses on appellate procedure, comparative law, and public corruption. He has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the United States, and his work has been published in the Dublin University Law Journal, Cleveland State Law Review, Duquesne Law Review, University of Baltimore Journal of International Law, U.S. Law Week, BNA, Jurist, Corporate Counsel, For The Defense, and The Legal Intelligencer.
Patrick is a member of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law. He also serves as an academic associate at I·CONnect, the blog of the International Journal of Comparative Law and ConstitutionMaking.org, where he contributes to a feature titled “What’s New in Comparative Public Law.” Additionally, Patrick often serves as a judge for moot court competitions at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.