Patrick is a trial and appellate lawyer who represents individuals and businesses in complex civil litigation, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, government investigations, and white collar criminal defense. He is a former federal prosecutor and has tried both criminal and civil cases to verdict. Prior to his government service, Patrick spent several years representing plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, often involving millions of dollars in controversy.
While he was with the Department of Justice, Patrick was a cross-designated prosecutor that focused almost exclusively on civil and criminal fraud prosecutions. On the civil side, Patrick obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments in FCA matters—primarily in health care and defense procurement fraud cases. He served as the Southern District of Georgia’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement coordinator, leading the district’s efforts in recovering funds that were fraudulently obtained from the government. He worked on teams that obtained record setting settlements under both the FCA and the Controlled Substances Act.
Patrick also led a wide variety of white collar fraud prosecutions—including cases involving health care fraud, identity theft, pill mill operations, money laundering, mortgage fraud, student loan fraud, and various wire fraud schemes. At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Patrick was named the district’s Covid-19 Fraud Coordinator. In this role, Patrick investigated and prosecuted several multi-million-dollar fraud schemes involving the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. He also prosecuted cases involving the sale of non-existent medical masks, counterfeit masks, and unauthorized treatments.
Patrick began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for a federal district court judge in the Southern District of Georgia (the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood) and then for a federal appellate judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the Honorable Joel F Dubina). Following his clerkships, Patrick worked as an associate at an Am Law 100 law firm and then a smaller, well-regarded litigation boutique. During this time, Patrick litigated a broad array of civil cases, including cases involving fraud, non-competes, trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, business disputes, employment discrimination, and breaches of contract. He also obtained significant appellate experience in both state and federal courts.
Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and served as an executive board member of the Georgia Law Review. For his efforts at DOJ, Patrick has been recognized by various law enforcement partners, including receiving the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award.
- Served as trial counsel for two physicians in False Claims Act trial in Georgia.
- Led FCA investigation of major hospital system resulting in multi-million-dollar recovery.
- Along with Main Justice and several other United States Attorney’s Offices, obtained highest settlement in history of Southern District of Georgia (over $35 million dollars) in FCA investigation into military housing provider.
- Led FCA investigation into chiropractor and practice resulting obtaining multi-million-dollar judgment.
- Led FCA investigation into defense contractor related to the sale of military parts resulting in significant recovery.
- Led FCA investigation into company related to sale of counterfeit N-95 masks to government resulting in significant recovery.
- Led FCA investigation into urine drug testing lab related to violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) resulting in a significant recovery.
- Participated in FCA and CSA investigation of pharmacist who filled prescriptions for pill-mill doctor resulting in record settlement in the Southern District of Georgia.
- Prosecuted apartment complex owner in mortgage fraud scheme. Obtained guilty verdict at trial for mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and lying under oath.
- Prosecuted non-physician owner of notorious pill mill.
- Prosecuted individual in student loan fraud scheme.
- Prosecuted several individuals for fraudulently obtaining EIDL and PPP loans, including several multi-dollar schemes involving dozens of fraudulent loans.
- Prosecuted marketer for violations of the AKS.
- Prosecuted company and owner for misbranding Covid-19 treatment.
- Prosecuted man for attempting to sell 50 million fake N-95 masks to foreign government for $317 million.
- As plaintiff’s counsel, defeated motion to compel arbitration, obtained preliminary injunction and appointment of receiver in business dispute involving allegations of fraud. The matter settled shortly thereafter.
- Defeated civil RICO claim on behalf of corporate client.
- Served as trial counsel in damages only trial, resulting in damages award was less than settlement offer made prior to trial.
- Secured and defeated preliminary injunctions in various restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes.
- As appellate counsel, obtained reversal of $7.4 million dollar jury verdict from Georgia Court of Appeals.
- As appellate counsel, obtained certiorari from Georgia Supreme Court and obtained ruling that Georgia’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute does not authorize punitive damages in a matter of first impression.
- As appellate counsel, obtained reversal from the Georgia Supreme Court of the trial court’s denial summary judgment on a claiming for tortious inference with a gift.
- As appellate counsel, obtained reversal from trial court’s denial of motion for summary judgment in case where client was sued for fraudulent misrepresentation in sale of a house.
Assistant United States Attorney; Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator; Covid-19 Fraud Coordinator