Ben Patrick: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Ben Patrick


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Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Fidelity/Surety
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Defense
  • Government Contracts
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.374.4400
Fax: 305.579.0261
University Grinnell College, B.A., 1998
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
AdmittedCalifornia; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court; Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


Ben Patrick represents companies in the construction industry, including general contractors, engineers, architects and sureties. His clients include companies varying in size from small contractors and design firms to ENR Top 50 Firms in mediations, litigations and arbitrations, with claims ranging from under $100,000 to more than $300 million. An experienced litigator, Ben has represented his clients at every stage of litigation in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution forums.

Ben's familiarity with his clients, their business and their industry allows him to get to the core of disputes quickly, effectively and efficiently. His clients appreciate his practical, frank and strategic advice in handling disputes of all sizes. Ben's knowledge of the construction industry is a valuable resource when counseling clients on transactional matters as well. Putting the client's needs and goals first, and bringing real-world experience to bear in order to achieve those goals, is at the heart of Ben's practice.

Awards & Distinctions

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Young Lawyers Committee, chair, 2006-2009


How the SBA and Disadvantaged Business Programs Are Incorporated into and Can Enhance a Public Project
January 23, 2014


Wilson Elser Represents Contractors in Engineering Procure-Construct Contracts
December 20, 2013

Wilson Elser Welcomes Ben Patrick, a Powerhouse Addition to the Firm's National Construction Team
July 18, 2013 (Also at Miami, Florida Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Represented a contractor and its surety in a substantial claim against a local government in California. While the government engaged in prolonged, no-holds-barred litigation, the claim was eventually settled on terms very favorable to the contractor.Represented a general contractor sued by a commercial building owner for alleged construction defects. In one of the first rulings of its kind in California, obtained an order during early litigation that required the subcontractors to pay the general contractor's legal fees going forward as a result of the sub-contractual duty to defend the general contractor.Counseled a large, national developer regarding insurance coverage and contractual provisions in connection with a number of projects.Represented a prominent architecture firm accused of negligence in connection with the restoration of a historic mansion. After the court granted the architect's motion for partial summary judgment, the case settled on terms favorable to the architect.Represented a surety in connection with the financing of its principal and the litigation of dozens of bond claims arising out of that principal's past work.Represented an engineering firm accused of negligence and breach of contract in connection with the development of a retirement community. When the parties were unable to settle the matter, Ben tried the case to a jury and obtained a unanimous verdict in the engineer's favor.

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Ben Patrick

525 Market Street, 17th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94105-2725


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