Patrick practices employment law, counseling and litigating on behalf of management in a variety of complex matters in state and federal court.
His specific litigation practice areas include the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Florida Civil Rights Act, Florida Whistleblower Act, GINA, open government and open meeting laws, Title VII, USERRA, WARN Act, and 1981 and 1983 actions. Patrick also represents employers in pre-litigation matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
In addition, Patrick routinely advises employers regarding workplace concerns including discrimination, harassment, hostile work environments, retaliation, interference, hiring matters, reasonable accommodations, documenting workplace conduct, employee drug testing, workplace investigations, employee grievances, terminating employees, and post-employment hearings. Patrick is a frequent lecturer and trainer on a variety of employment-related topics, and consistently drafts, reviews, and enforces employment policies and handbooks, employee contracts, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements.
Patrick has lived in the Sarasota area for more than 25 years, attending the Pine View School for the Gifted in the 1990s. After graduating from the University of Florida with honors in 2000, he earned his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 2004.
After law school, Patrick served as an Assistant State Attorney in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties, prosecuting some of this area’s most notorious criminals. Patrick also served as in-house counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for eight years. As a result, Patrick possesses extensive knowledge of constitutional law, criminal law, and governmental affairs.