Pat is a bankruptcy law specialist holding certification by the American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law, a certification program accredited by the American Bar Association (but not certified by The Florida Bar). He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida, including the bankruptcy courts of all three districts. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
During the past 33 years, Pat has represented debtors, creditors, creditors' committees and trustees in virtually every type of chapters 7 and 11 case. He has experience with health care, manufacturing, construction, real estate and retail cases, as well as cases involving stockbroker (SIPC) liquidations, Ponzi schemes, and offshore schemes. He has also tried hundreds of cases and evidentiary hearings in the bankruptcy courts and has more than 40 decisions in his clients' favor published in West's Bankruptcy Reporter. Pat successfully represented the defendant in the only jury trial that has been held in the Southern District of Florida bankruptcy courts. A lecturer on topics of bankruptcy and commercial litigation, he is the author of a Sanders Award-winning article (1994) on mortgage foreclosures as fraudulent transfers.
He has particular experience in bankruptcy cases involving fraud, fraudulent transfers, misappropriations and exemption planning.
Pat is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida (past president), the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Broward County Bar Association.
Professional Associations & Memberships
· The Florida Bar
· The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Past Presidents Council
· The American Bankruptcy Institute
· Broward County Bar Association
Awards & Recognitions
· The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014
· Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2013
Articles & Publications
· "Commingled Funds in Corporate Debtor's Accounts Not Subject to Forfeiture," Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy, June 19, 2013