Patrick has been engaged exclusively in the trial of civil cases since 1979. He has extensive experience in the area of civil and commercial litigation. Patrick has tried more than 100 cases in the state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Department of Public Health. He has also argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and the Connecticut Appellate Court.
His principal areas of practice are medical malpractice, employment litigation, Title IX litigation, product liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, and civil rights litigation. He successfully defended the first case to be tried under the Connecticut Trade Secrets Act. Patrick has served as a private mediator in numerous cases, including multi-party and class actions.
In addition, in his representation of Yale University, Patrick has handled a large number of cases concerning higher education law, including sexual misconduct, student grievances, academic misconduct, and Title IX compliance.
For two years following his graduation from Law School, Patrick served as law clerk to Chief Judge T. Emmet Clarie in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Patrick was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut to be the reporter of the Local Rules and a Special Master for the District of Connecticut. In the state court, Patrick was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve as an arbitrator for civil cases in the Superior Court.
Patrick has been a frequent speaker at seminars for lawyers and other professionals on topics such as federal civil procedure, the rules of evidence, products liability, medical malpractice, jury selection, deposition strategy, and selection of expert witnesses.
Prior to joining Carmody, Patrick was a partner at the law firm of Donahue, Durham and Noonan P.C.
American College of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates
The Best Lawyers in America (2006 – 2023)
Connecticut Super Lawyers (2006 – 2023) in the field of medical malpractice defense, Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
Best Lawyers in the New York area
Who’s Who in American Law
Martindale Hubbell AV rating
“Irish Legal 100” recognizing the most prominent lawyers of Irish descent throughout the United States.
Tried medical malpractice action against Connecticut kidney transplant surgeon in state court in Boston against the premier plaintiffs’ malpractice law firm there, in a case where the plaintiff died from a virulent infection less than a month after the transplant. The evidence was unequivocal that the infection came from the transplant and that there were signs of that infection present at the time the transplant surgeon approved the use of the donor’s kidney. Trial ended with a defense verdict.
Tried employment discrimination case in the New Haven Superior Court in which plaintiff alleged claims of race, gender, and age discrimination against a major university, which led to a jury verdict in favor of the defendant on all counts.
Advised a prominent social media company in connection with nationwide multi-district litigation against social media companies in connection with claims that the social media outlets failed to prevent adults from initiating improper relationships with teenagers over the internet.
Represented major Connecticut hospital against claim that a PA committed malpractice when she attempted to obtain an arterial blood gas sample from a female patient and struck the median nerve during the procedure, which permanently deprived the patient of the use of her left arm. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defense, despite PA’s concession that in retrospect the patient did not need a blood gas sample, and therefore the procedure which led to the permanent injury nerve was completely unnecessary.
Defended a number of colleges, universities and preparatory schools in connection with claims of sexual misconduct by students and faculty members.
Defended a major Connecticut law firm in a legal malpractice action in Hartford Superior Court, obtained a defense verdict, and then prevailed in the Connecticut Supreme Court on appeal.
Currently representing a major Connecticut medical center in medical malpractice lawsuit involving 127 plaintiffs who claim to have been injured as a result of a nurse diverting pain medication for her own use and re-filling the medication vials with salt solution, thereby depriving patients of the analgesic medication needed during their in vitro fertilization procedures.
Defended a major university against a claim of discrimination on the basis of trans-gender status, resulting in a finding of no discrimination after a 28-day hearing before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
Defended a medical device manufacturer in lawsuit alleging patent infringement. Trial judge granted a motion for directed verdict in favor of the defense after the conclusion of the plaintiff’s evidence following 60 days of evidence, which was affirmed on appeal.
Represented numerous lawyers in legal malpractice actions filed in the Superior Court and grievances brought to the Statewide Grievance Committee. Four of the legal malpractice cases were tried to conclusion, and a defense verdict was rendered in each.
Represented the athletics department of a major university following termination of a varsity head coach who had been accused of sexual misconduct at a prior institution, which he failed to disclose when applying for his new position. The plaintiff withdrew the action without any payment following conclusion of discovery.
Defended six Superior Court judges before the Judicial Review Council and in civil actions, all of which ended in dismissals of the grievance charges and lawsuit.