James Patrick was born in New York City and graduated from Oberlin College, from where he earned a joint degree in economics and government, with a minor in psychology, and varsity letters in soccer and baseball. He worked as a paralegal for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York following college before attending Santa Clara University, from where he earned his law degree from in 1986.
Mr. Patrick is an experienced litigator with extensive trial experience throughout California in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, employment law, construction defect, professional negligence, and landlord/tenant liability issues. He also is an experienced appellate attorney, having successfully briefed and argued over one dozen cases in the courts of appeal resulting in the affirmance of summary judgments and trial verdicts for his clients, including Cody F. v. Falletti (2001) 112 Cal.Rptr.2d 593, 92 Cal.App.4th 1232, where the court of appeal affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment that an easement owner does not owe a duty to care to control conduct on walkway to prevent a dog attack.
Mr. Patrick is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court.