Patrick's strong business acumen enables him to serve his clients from a broad perspective and positions him well to find practical solutions to technical problems. His ability to understand the business implications of legal matters, combined with his expertise in the areas of labor, employment, and benefits, brings great value to his clients and the firm. Patrick's experience in and knowledge of the healthcare market ensures the firm can provide our healthcare clients, including providers, payers and medical suppliers, with guidance that reflects a deep understanding of the nuances of the industry.
Patrick helped guide a transportation client through a restrictive covenant/unfair competition case. Working closely with the client, he first obtained a critical grasp of the freight brokerage industry. He then, along with his colleagues, developed a factual record that allowed the client to withstand a preliminary injunction hearing that sought to shut the business down.
He worked with a family of companies in a reorganization of business functions and employees among three corporate entities. In addition to navigating the legal requirements for a reduction in force and other legal matters, he was substantially involved in crafting internal communications for various employee groups and external communications for the community.
Patrick has helped multiple healthcare clients with major procedural initiatives, such as revamping one client’s leave policies to gain more control over intermittent absences and partnering with IT resources of another client to refine pay codes to accurately track on-call time, call back time, work at different rates and other healthcare-specific wage and hour situations.
Patrick has defended multiple discrimination claims, providing clear explanations of certain healthcare-only job functions and job-requirements and working with other clients to explain the business reasons behind personnel decsions. His litigation in benefits matters has included favorable settlements and summary judgment wins in ERISA cases under life, health, and disability plans.
Patrick enjoys working with public sector and private clients on complex disability, leave, and benefits matters under the ADA, FMLA, and ERISA/state law. These situations often call for collaboration among multiple client resources and carefully crafted internal and external communications.