Patrick graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986, cum laude, and was the recipient of the History Prize. He was offered both a Trident and VGEP scholarship after completing the Academy's curriculum a semester early. He selected the VGEP scholarship, which sent him to Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, from which he received his M.A. within a year. After 9 years of active duty, Patrick attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, again graduating a semester early.
Patrick is a retired Commander. His active duty billets included Division officer assignments in engineering and operations on the USS DeWert ( FFG 45), shore duty as a history instructor at the U.S.Naval Academy, and a Department Head tour as Chief Engineer of the USS Halyburton (FFG 40). After law school, Patrickl rejoined the reserves and became Commanding Officer of DART 1, an ordinance unit based at the Charleston Weapon Station and deployed to the Middle East for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Between active and reserve duty, he has deployed to the Middle East 3 times. Patrick obtained an offshore skipper "D" qualification while serving as officer rep for the Naval Academy's Offshore Sailing Team and taking a crew of 6 midshipmen to Bermuda and back in a 44'.
Patrick primarily practices in the area of construction law, through which he defends developers, architects, general contractors, and subcontractors of various trades (i.e., framing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and concrete). He also represents construction trades and homeowners in mechanics liens. Patrick also has experience defending toxic torts, specifically lead paint litigation, and defending product liability suits. He finds his technical background and training provided by his career in the Navy to be well suited to the details of construction litigation.
Patrick lives in Mt Pleasant with his wife Julie. They enjoy home improvement, gardening, and spending time with family. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandsons in the Charleston area. Patrick serves on the Mt. Pleasant Historical Commission, as a Blue and Gold officer in the Naval Academy's admissions program, and as a service-academy interviewer for Senator Graham. He and his wife are members of Christ Our King Parish in Mt. Pleasant, where Patrick is a member of the Patriarch group. Other hobbies include architectural drafting, running, hiking, and rowing.
- Premises Liability
- Products Liability
- South Carolina, 1998
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1998
- United States Naval Academy, Bachelor of Science, 1986
- Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Master of Arts, 1987
- University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1997
Honors and Awards
- Order of the Wig and Robe
- CALI Award, American Legal History
- 4 Navy Commendation medals
- 4 Navy Achievement Medals
- 1 Presidential Unit Citation
Professional Associations and Memberships
- South Carolina Bar
- Charleston County Bar Association
- Berkeley County Bar Association
- John T. Meyer v. Piggly Wiggly No. 24, 527 S.E.2d 761, 338 S.C. 471 (2000)