“I represent clients in high-stakes lawsuits involving complex legal issues.”
Clients facing class actions and other large disputes raising novel legal issues go to Pat, who has a nationwide practice that takes him to courthouses in some of America’s most sparsely populated counties and to those in the largest cities on the East and West coasts. At the beginning of a case, Pat and his client develop a case strategy tailored to match the client’s specific objectives. Pat attended the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Legal Services Management Workshop, and he understands the importance of working with corporate counsel and business executives to manage the delivery of legal services using the same management techniques that successful businesses apply to all of their business operations. In implementing the case strategy, Pat and the client identify the straightforward arguments at the heart of a dispute showing why the client should win. At the end of that process, what started as a complex lawsuit gets boiled down to a few simple, common sense arguments demonstrating that McGrath North’s client has the correct side of the dispute.
Pat represented one of the four largest meatpackers in the United States when it faced a nationwide class action alleging market manipulation and unfair conduct allegedly arising from a USDA price reporting error. It made sense to take the case through trial and appeal – a very unusual strategy in defending a nationwide class action. The strategy paid off. The jury returned a verdict in favor of McGrath North’s client on the lawsuit’s main claim, and it returned a verdict of only about 25 percent of what the plaintiffs had sought on the remaining claim. On appeal, McGrath North’s client obtained a complete victory.