Patrick is a trial lawyer. He joined the firm in 2006 seeking trial experience, and accomplished that goal in a very short period of time. Patrick has first and second chair trial and arbitration experience in both commercial and personal injury matters. He also has extensive experience in temporary restraining orders and temporary injunction hearings involving expedited discovery methods.
Throughout his career, Patrick has represented corporate and individual clients in various industries from all over the United States and Mexico. His experience includes matters involving commercial contractual disputes, personal injury matters, oil and gas disputes, real estate ventures, partnership disputes, trade secrets, fiduciary issues, products liability, and premises liability. In 2011, Patrick was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ list of Texas Rising Stars for business litigation.”
Representative Cases & Results
Represented a renowned Texas litigation firm in enforcing a contingent fee agreement against an heir to one of Texas’s greatest oil tycoons. After extensive discovery and a two-week arbitration, secured a $41 million judgment, defended that judgement against numerous collateral attacks, and ultimately recovered every penny of the $41 million judgment.
Represented independent power-generating company over the representations and warranties involved in the sale of a natural-gas powered electricity generating facility. In a deal involving Enron, a shell entity took advantage of a unique baseball arbitration clause (which assumes liability) to try to leverage a position to extract money from the sellers of the electricity generating plant in Texas. The multiple arbitrations and appeals spanned a decade. After one arbitration was vacated on the basis that the arbitrator appointed by the shell entity was partial and biased, a second arbitration followed with a victory for the sellers. With a last demand from the plaintiffs exceeding $250 million, the amount paid to the shell entity was less than 3% of the sales price of the facility.
Represented the U.S. Division of a global chemical company in a patent infringement and trade secret claim by an independent company over the patent and trade secret rights for chemicals and a chemically-based process to treat and clean wastewater. All attempts at resolution failed after Plaintiff refused to lower its demand below $1 billion. After a two week trial, a federal district judge reduced the plaintiff’s verdict by half due to failure to protect trade secrets and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the remainder of the verdict and invalidated the patent at issue.
Represented the number one energy shot producer in the country in litigation over the formula for its product. With dueling lawsuits being run on parallel tracks in both state and federal courts in Texas, dozens of depositions, and millions of documents produced, an extremely favorable resolution was achieved for the client.
Represented multiple distributors from various states in litigation whereby a national food manufacturer and importer was improperly manipulating the distributors in order to appropriate the distribution routes they created. These cases spanned multiple states and were in both federal and state courts. In all instances, favorable settlements were achieved for our clients.
Represented numerous trucking and oil field services companies in catastrophic personal injury cases throughout Texas.
- Partner, Wright Close & Barger, LLP, 2018 – present
- Partner, Wright & Close, LLP, 2012 – 2017
- Associate, Wright & Close, LLP, 2010 – 2011
- Associate, Wright Brown & Close, LLP, 2006 – 2010
- Associate, Thompson & Knight, LLP, 2003 – 2006
Presentations & Publications
- Arbitrations: Vacating the bad, Confirming the Good and Everything in Between – Houston Bar Association, December 2017
- State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
- Harris County Bar Association
- American Bar Association