As leader of Reed Smith’s Aviation Litigation team, Patrick’s litigation and trial practice focuses on product liability defense of aircraft manufacturers, airlines, aircraft maintenance facilities and pilots in cases arising out of aircraft accidents. Patrick also advises corporate flight departments on regulatory matters and defends pilots in connection with FAA certificate actions.
An experienced trial lawyer with deep aviation industry knowledge, Patrick has a successful track record winning defense verdicts, appellate victories and favorable settlements in high-exposure mass tort, multidistrict and individual product liability litigation, often involving high-profile, catastrophic aviation accidents. He provides sophisticated and effective handling of a wide range of aviation-related product liability matters across the United States, involving such claims as wrongful death, personal injury and property loss/damage as well as the defense of commercial airline clients, on other matters, such as passenger claims.
Named a “leading lawyer” by Legal 500, Patrick is noted as having “a depth of experience handling high-profile, multi-district actions arising from catastrophic aviation accidents.” “Sources laud his ‘first-rate intellect,’ and ‘he is a beautiful writer and very skilled at cross-examining experts,'" according to Chambers USA.
Patrick serves as National Coordinating Counsel and National Trial Counsel to a leading advanced technology general aviation aircraft manufacturer.
In addition, Patrick has significant experience representing automotive, industrial, chemical, medical device, and consumer product manufacturers in litigation arising from claims of negligence or defective products.