Corporate Litigation


Alter-Ego Liability

Successor Liability


Director & Officer Liability


Contractual Disputes

Unfair Competition

Product Liability

Toxic Tort Litigation

Environmental Law

Asbestos, Lead, Chemicals


Calif. Prop 65

Mass Torts


Bodily Injury

Property Damage

Freight & Cargo Loss

Jones Act

Warsaw Convention


Auto Vessels

Commercial Vessels

Complex Litigation


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Legal Experience

  • Business/Corporate Transactions and Litigation - advertising, alter ego and successor liability, antitrust, director and officer liability, construction, contracts and contractual disputes, intellectual property, premises liability, real estate, and unfair competition. 

  • Product Liability Toxic Tort Litigation - product design, product manufacture, failure to warn, product recalls, class actions, post-sale duties, property damage, construction. 

  • Environmental - asbestos, lead, chemicals, water, ground and air pollution, California Proposition 65, mass torts. 

  • Insurance - California insurance practice, coverage, reinsurance, brokerage, bad faith TPA practice, excess and surplus; professional liability. 

  • Transportation - bodily injury, property damage, freight, cargo, economic loss for trucking, auto and commercial vessels; admiralty: Jones Act, hull & machinery, chartering and cargo; aviation: Warsaw Convention & cargo. 

  • Complex Litigation/Management - coordination/lead counsel in the defense of multiple complex cases including interaction with client policymakers and insurance management operating personnel, and counsel; 15 years as national coordinating counsel for asbestos bodily injury and asbestos property litigation for two major California manufacturers. 

  • Pat has tried twelve cases to verdict and has undertaken more than forty appellate matters, many on class actions. He was the lead attorney in eight class actions, including four national matters for three different manufacturers of cement, construction, and plumbing products: all resulting in no recovery for the plaintiffs.


Affiliations and Memberships

  • Superlawyer, Northern California; 2011 Product Liability, 2009 Business Litigation, 2008 Business Litigation, 2007 General Litigation, 2006 Product Litigation, 2005 General Litigation, and 2004 Business Litigation. 

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member & various leadership positions, 1988-present. 

  • Commander, United States Coast Guard Reserve (Retired), 26 years, including 3-1/2 years of active duty; 14 years JAG service. 

  • Punitive Damages: California Model Applying Gore and State Farm, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly (Spring 2004) 

  • Blueprint For General Causation Analysis In Toxic Tort Litigation; Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly (Fall 2003)