A litigator and associate with the firm’s Land Use and Environmental practices, Patrick advises and defends private and public clients on land use and environmental law issues. He is experienced in a range of matters including CEQA compliance and litigation, water rights disputes, property acquisition and development, and property entitlement procedures, including obtaining local government approvals.
Patrick has diverse experience with federal, state, and local environmental laws and related litigation. With the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, he worked as part of a team prosecuting Clean Water Act and CERCLA violations. He also interned with the Land Use and Environment team at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.
Patrick gained broad experience in municipal law and land use matters while working with local governments. As a private practice attorney, he acted as an Assistant City Attorney to two California cities and a town, advising city councils, planning commissions, and staff in a wide variety of municipal and land use issues. He has defended various public entities in litigation pertaining to civil rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allegations, personal injury, and eminent domain issues.
Patrick writes and speaks on topics related to land use, environmental law, and municipal law issues, including California water rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He edited two chapters of the California Land Use Practice CEB handbook. He is admitted to the Ninth Circuit, the Northern and Eastern Districts, and the California Courts of Appeal. While in law school, Patrick was a member of the editorial board of the USF Law Review, and he served on the board of the USF Environmental Law Society.