Patrick graduated from Yale College in 1982 and Yale Law School in 1985. From 1985 to 1986, Patrick clerked for then-Chief Judge Sam C. Pointer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He then worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, McCutchen Doyle in San Francisco and was a litigation partner for many years at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham.
While at Maynard Cooper, Patrick obtained the largest jury verdict in the State of Alabama for a trade secrets case and the third largest jury verdict ever in Jefferson County. His cases were covered by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN and the Birmingham News.
Since joining the firm in 2010, Patrick has developed an extensive plaintiffs’ class action practice in the areas of securities fraud, consumer fraud and antitrust. He is currently co-lead counsel in a securities fraud class action against Regions Financial; co-lead counsel in a consumer fraud class action against Sturm Foods; co-counsel in a securities fraud class action against Walter Energy; co-counsel in a consumer fraud class action against Johnson & Johnson involving the Listerine product; and co-counsel in a securities class action against Protective Life.
Patrick has been recognized as Best of the Bar and as a Super Lawyer.
Patrick’s pro bono work includes successful litigation against the rapper Tupac Shakur for wrongful death and against the City and County of San Francisco for employment discrimination against African-American and Hispanic employees. Patrick also represented black customers in a race discrimination suit against Dillard’s.
Patrick has also been active in the community, founding a non-profit called Birmingham Vision which, among other things, taught chess to children living in housing projects in Birmingham. He also served on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth National Bank in Mobile.