M. Patrick McDowell

M. Patrick McDowell: Attorney with Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC AV stamp icon
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Biography

Patrick McDowell’s practice focuses on complex litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including multi-state and multidistrict litigation, class actions, and mass torts. Representative matters include antitrust, contract, business tort, RICO, trademark, securities, product liability, toxic exposure, and environmental litigation. In multi-state and multidistrict litigation he has served as national trial counsel, national briefing counsel, national discovery counsel, and national science and experts counsel. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Mississippi and elsewhere. He has briefed and argued appeals before the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has also briefed appeals before the Second Circuit, Eighth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Before joining the Firm, Patrick served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Patrick has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, by Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Securities, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, and by Benchmark as a State Litigation Star (Mississippi) and an Appellate Star (Fifth Circuit).

Speeches & Publications

•Limitation Periods for Federal Causes of Action after the Judicial Improvements Act of 1990, 44 Vand. L. Rev. 1355 (1991).

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America :
•Commercial Litigation;
•Litigation - Securities;
•Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Defendants;
•Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and
•Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
Mid-South Super Lawyers :
•Business Litigation
Benchmark : Local Litigation Star:
•Appellate Litigation
•Environmental Litigation
•General Commercial Litigation
•Intellectual Property Litigation
•Martindale-Hubbell:
•AV Preeminent Rating

News

•Brunini Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers
•United States Supreme Court denies certiorari review of Fifth Circuit ruling affirming summary judgment for clients
•2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty- seven honored by Best Lawyers 2017, Four attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Patrick McDowell represents the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at the FBA’s Annual Leadership Seminar and Capitol Hill Day
•United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Clients
•Benchmark Litigation has named the Brunini firm Mississippi’s “Firm of the Year” for 2016. David Kaufman and Patrick McDowell accepted the award for the firm at the Benchmark Litigation Awards ceremony in New York City on February 11.
•Brunini’s 2014 Super Lawyers
•Brunini Lands on the short list in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Torts
  • and Product Liability
  • Telecommunications

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601-960-6925  Phone
601-960-6902  Fax
www.brunini.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Drawer 119, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1988
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
1994
Admission:
United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and Middle District of Georgia; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits; Mississippi; Tennessee; Arkansas; Georgia; United States Supreme Court
Memberships:

Community & Professional Activities

•The Mississippi Bar (Bench-Bar Liaison Committee)
•Tennessee Bar Association
•Arkansas Bar Association
•State Bar of Georgia
•Federal Bar Association (President, Mississippi Chapter)
•Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association
•Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench)
•Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
•Southern Law Network (Litigation Group Coordinator)
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Appellate Practice
•Business Litigation
•Class Actions and Multi-Party Litigation (Vice Chair for Programs and Projects)
•Drug, Device and Biotechnology
•Intellectual Property
•Product Liability
•Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation
•Trial Techniques and Tactics
•DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar
•Appellate Advocacy
•Commercial Litigation (Steering Committee)
•Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Distribution
•Business Torts and Contract Litigation
•Class Actions (Membership Chair)
•Financial Services Litigation
•Drug and Medical Device
•Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation
•Intellectual Property Litigation - Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets
•Product Liability
•Chemical and Toxic Tort
•Mass Torts & Class Actions
•Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
•The American Bar Association (Litigation Committee)
•Antitrust Litigation
•Appellate Practice
•Business Torts and Unfair Competition Litigation
•Class Actions and Derivative Suits (Newsletter Editorial Board)
•Commercial and Business Litigation
•Intellectual Property Litigation
•Mass Torts Litigation
•Products Liability

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Antitrust Litigation: Representing Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in multidistrict class action antitrust litigation centralized in Alabama federal court in which subscribers and health care providers allege a conspiracy to allocate markets and fix prices for health insurance premiums and provider reimbursements.; Representing Southern Hens in multidistrict class action antitrust litigation centralized in Illinois federal court in which direct and indirect broiler purchasers allege a conspiracy to fix chicken meat prices.; Representing Yuengling in Mississippi state court litigation alleging that Anheuser-Busch conspired with a Mississippi beer distributor to tortiously interfere with Yuengling's business and exclude Yuengling from the Mississippi beer market in violation of Mississippi antitrust law and the Mississippi Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act.; Represented Cellular South and Corr Wireless Communications in Mississippi federal court antitrust litigation alleging that AT&T, Motorola, and Qualcomm conspired to exclude competitors through the wireless spectrum standard-setting process.; Represented Safety-Kleen and Laidlaw Environmental Services in Mississippi federal court litigation asserting federal antitrust claims.; Represented Harrah's Entertainment in Mississippi state court antitrust litigation concerning the Mississippi Gaming Commission's denial of a competitor's license application.; Financial Services Litigation: Representing Trustmark National Bank in Mississippi federal court class action litigation concerning overdraft fees and out-of-network ATM fees.; Representing First Data Corporation and its affiliates in Mississippi state and federal court litigation concerning credit card processing.; Contract and Business Tort Litigation: Represented Cellular South in Mississippi federal court litigation against Prophix Software to recover for financial analytics software that failed to perform as promised.; Represented Business Communications Inc. in Tennessee federal court commercial litigation.; Represented Telepak Networks in Mississippi state court litigation against Falcon IP to recover for video services-related equipment and services that failed to perform as promised.; Represented Ingalls Shipbuilding in breach-of-warranty action against Hyde Products in Mississippi federal court.; Represented Safety-Kleen and Laidlaw Environmental Services in Mississippi federal court litigation asserting antitrust, contract, and business tort claims.; Represented Standard Bank in Mississippi state court commercial litigation.; Represented WorldCom f/k/a LDDS in noncompete litigation against Automated Communications in Mississippi federal trial and appellate courts.; Represented Harrah's Entertainment and Yates Construction in Mississippi state court construction litigation.; Represented Mississippi Chemical Corporation and Terra International in insurance bad faith litigation in Mississippi federal court.; Represented Life of Georgia in insurance bad faith litigation in Mississippi state court.; Represented WorldCom f/k/a LDDS in Mississippi state court commercial litigation against TriTel Communications.; Media and Intellectual Property Litigation: Represented Cellular South in Mississippi federal court patent litigation brought by serial patent plaintiff Techno Licensing, LLC.; Represented ESPN and Mt. Philo Films in Mississippi federal court litigation in which plaintiff asserted copyright and contract claims alleging the use of plaintiff's film footage and story ideas for a television film without adequate compensation or attribution.; Represented The Outdoor Syndicate and Hornady Manufacturing in Mississippi state court litigation asserting tort claims arising from a television hunting show's alleged incorporation of footage of the plaintiffs' hunts without their consent.; Represented Antler Insanity in Mississippi federal court trademark litigation asserting conflicting ownership claims over various marks featured in a hunting television program, website, hunting accessories, apparel, and related promotional materials.; RICO Litigation: Represented BLD Services and others in Louisiana and Mississippi federal trial and appellate court litigation asserting civil RICO claims arising from the awarding and performance of debris removal and clean-up contracts following Hurricane Katrina.; Represented Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in Mississippi federal court RICO litigation concerning the awarding of the State Health Plan administration contract.; Securities Litigation: Represented Cellular South in a FINRA arbitration proceeding against an investment adviser and broker-dealer for investing the client's funds in unsuitable auction rate securities.; Represented MCI WorldCom and Bernie Ebbers in multidistrict securities and ERISA class action litigation centralized in New York federal court and related federal and state court litigation in Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, and Kansas.; Represented MCI WorldCom and Bernie Ebbers in unrelated securities class action litigation in Mississippi federal trial and appellate courts.; Telecommunications Litigation: Representing Telepak Networks in AT&T's Mississippi state court bid protest over the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services' contract award for Statewide Telecommunications Services to Telepak.; Representing Cellular South in Mississippi state court litigation claiming economic loss from allegedly defective device.; Represented Cellular South in Mississippi federal court patent litigation brought by serial patent plaintiff Techno Licensing, LLC.; Representing Cellular South in Mississippi state court litigation claiming personal injuries resulting from allegedly defective device.; Representing Cellular South in Mississippi federal court litigation alleging Privacy Act violations.; Represented Telepak Networks in Tennessee federal court litigation against the City of Memphis alleging that the City's rights-of-way use ordinance constituted an unlawful tax in violation of state law and an unreasonable barrier to market entry in violation of the federal Telecommunications Act.; Represented Cellular South and Corr Wireless Communications in Mississippi federal court antitrust litigation alleging that AT&T, Motorola, and Qualcomm conspired to exclude competitors through the wireless spectrum standard-setting process.; Represented WorldCom f/k/a LDDS in commercial litigation against Automated Communications in Mississippi federal trial and appellate courts.; Represented WorldCom f/k/a LDDS in Mississippi state court commercial litigation against TriTel Communications.; Class Action Litigation: Representing Trustmark National Bank in class action litigation in Mississippi federal court.; Representing Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in multidistrict class action antitrust litigation centralized in Alabama federal court.; Representing the Mississippi Poultry Association and Southern Hens in multidistrict class action antitrust litigation centralized in Illinois federal court.; Represented MCI WorldCom and Bernie Ebbers in multidistrict securities and ERISA class action litigation centralized in New York federal court and related federal and state court litigation in Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, and Kansas.; Represented MCI WorldCom and Bernie Ebbers in unrelated securities class action litigation in Mississippi federal trial and appellate courts.; Represented Choctaw Maid Farms mass action grower litigation in Mississippi state court.; Represented Ingalls Shipbuilding in class action employment litigation in Mississippi federal trial and appellate courts.; Mass Tort Litigation: Represented Lincoln Electric, The BOC Group, Hobart, Illinois Tool Works, The ESAB Group, Airgas, and others in multidistrict litigation centralized in Ohio federal court and related federal and state trial and appellate court litigation in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and West Virginia by plaintiffs alleging neurological injury resulting from exposure to fumes from welding consumables and equipment.; Represented Mine Safety Appliances and others in Mississippi and Arkansas state and federal trial and appellate court litigation brought by plaintiffs alleging injury from silica exposure due to alleged defects in respiratory protection equipment.; Drug and Device Litigation: Representing Sanofi-Aventis in Mississippi state court litigation filed by the Mississippi Attorney General's office alleging deceptive trade practices in violation of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.; Representing Purdue Pharma in Mississippi state court litigation filed by the Mississippi Attorney General's office alleging violations of the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Act and the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.; Explosion and Fire Litigation: Represented BlackRock Capital in West Virginia state court wrongful death actions arising from a fire and explosion at a titanium and zirconium recycling facility.; Represented Astec Industries in Mississippi state court wrongful death actions arising from a fire and explosion at a rubber recycling facility.; Represented Mississippi Chemical Corporation in Mississippi and Iowa federal trial and appellate court litigation arising from a fire and explosion at an ammonium nitrate plant.; Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: Represented Texas Eastern Transmission, Spectra Energy, and Duke Energy in alleged PCB exposure litigation in Mississippi federal court.; Represented Central Industries in environmental and mass toxic tort litigation Mississippi state court concerning alleged air and water emissions.; Represented Genesis Pipeline in Mississippi state court litigation concerning an alleged pipeline release.; Represented Southland Oil in Mississippi federal court environmental litigation concerning an alleged underground storage tank release.; Reported Decisions: In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2018 WL 3326850 (N.D. Ala. 2018); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2018 WL 1796257 (N.D. Ala. 2018); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 308 F. Supp. 3d 1241 (N.D. Ala. 2018); 38 Films, LLC v. Yamano, 2017 WL 7038122 (N.D. Miss. 2017); 38 Films, LLC v. Yamano, 296 F. Supp. 3d 813 (N.D. Miss. 2017); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2017 WL 2797267 (N.D. Ala. 2017); Spire, Inc. v. Cellular South, Inc., 2017 WL 3995759 (S.D. Ala. 2017); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 238 F. Supp. 3d 1313 (N.D. Ala. 2017); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2017 WL 588445 (N.D. Ala. 2017); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2017 WL 2797267 (N.D. Ala. 2017); Fish v. AL Solutions, Inc., 2016 WL 9224907 (W. Va. Cir. Ct. 2016); Ivory v. Freese & Goss, PLLC, 2016 WL 9087300 (S.D. Miss. 2016); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 2016 WL 6124143 (N.D. Ala. 2016); Farmer v. D&O Contractors, Inc., 640 F. App'x 302 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 373 (2016); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 225 F. Supp. 3d 1269 (N.D. Ala. 2016); Bridges v. Freese, 122 F. Supp. 3d 538 (S.D. Miss. 2015); Hartley v. Freese & Goss, PLLC, 2015 WL 13333625 (S.D. Miss. 2015); Bridges v. Freese, 2015 WL 1401513 (S.D. Miss. 2015); Farmer v. D&O Contractors, Inc., 2015 WL 1184508 (E.D. La. 2015); Telepak Networks, Inc. v. City of Memphis, 2015 WL 1746551 (W.D. Tenn. 2015); In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, 26 F. Supp. 3d 1172 (N.D. Ala. 2014); Telepak Networks, Inc. v. City of Memphis, 2014 WL 5795499 (W.D. Tenn. 2014); In re JP Morgan Auction Rate Securities (ARS) Marketing Litigation, 2014 WL 4953554 (S.D.N.Y. 2014); Smith v. Antler Insanity, LLC, 58 F. Supp. 3d 716 (S.D. Miss. 2014); Telepak Networks, Inc. v. City of Memphis, 2014 WL 12611255 (W.D. Tenn. 2014); Farmer v. D&O Contractors, Inc., 40 F. Supp. 3d 793 (N.D. Miss. 2014); Robinson v. Mine Safety Appliances Co., 2014 WL 3734871 (E.D. Ark. 2014), aff'd, 795 F. 3d 879 (8th Cir. 2015); Corr Wireless Communications, LLC v. AT&T, Inc., 2013 WL 4829287 (N.D. Miss. 2013); Baxter v. Lincoln Electric Co., 2012 WL 112526 (N.D. Ohio 2012); Corr Wireless Communications, LLC v. AT&T, Inc., 907 F. Supp. 2d 793 (N.D. Miss. 2012); Corr Wireless Communications, LLC v. AT&T, Inc., 893 F. Supp. 2d 789 (N.D. Miss. 2012); Jowers v. Lincoln Electric Co., 617 F.3d 346 (5th Cir. 2010); Lincoln Electric Co. v. McLemore, 54 So. 3d 833 (Miss. 2010); Marmillion v. American International Insurance Co., 381 F. App'x 421 (5th Cir. 2010); Belcher v. Airco Inc., 2009 WL 3376975 (W. Va. Cir. Ct. 2009); Jowers v. BOC Group, Inc., 608 F. Supp. 2d 724 (S.D. Miss. 2009); Jowers v. BOC Group, Inc., 2009 WL 995613 (S.D. Miss. 2009); Marmillion v. American International Insurance Co., 2008 WL 4514375 (S.D. Miss. 2008); In re Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, 2007 WL 1702953 (N.D. Ohio 2007); In re Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, 2007 WL 1087605 (N.D. Ohio 2007); In re Welding Rod Products Liability Litigation, 2005 WL 5417813 (N.D. Ohio 2005); In re Welding Rod Products Liability Litigation, 2005 WL 147081 (N.D. Ohio 2005); In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, 2005 WL 335201 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); In re Welding Rod Products Liability Litigation, 2004 WL 1179454 (N.D. Ohio 2004); In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, 308 F. Supp. 2d 236 (S.D.N.Y. 2004); In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, 2004 WL 884947 (S.D.N.Y. 2004); In re WorldCom, Inc. ERISA Litigation, 263 F. Supp. 2d 745 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); Retirement Systems of Alabama v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., 2003 WL 23526878 (11th Cir. 2003); Goldstein v. MCI WorldCom, Inc. 340 F.3d 238 (5th Cir. 2003); Conyers v. Life Insurance Co. of Georgia, 269 F. Supp. 2d 735 (N.D. Miss. 2003); Teachers' Retirement Sys. of Illinois v. WorldCom, Inc., 244 F. Supp. 2d 900 (N.D. Ill. 2002); Surplus City USA Inc. v. Harrah's Vicksburg Corp., 821 So 2d 891 (Miss. App. 2002); In re Sprint Corp. Securities Litigation, 232 F. Supp. 2d 1193 (D. Kan. 2002); In re MCI WorldCom, Inc., Securities Litigation, 191 F. Supp. 2d 778 (S.D. Miss. 2002); Harrah's Vicksburg Corp. v. Pennebaker, 812 So. 2d 163 (Miss. 2001); Bell v. Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., 207 F.3d 657 (5th Cir. 2000); Thomas v. Harrah's Vicksburg Corp., 734 So. 2d 312 (Miss. Ct. App. 1999); Barnes v. Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., 184 F.3d 816 (5th Cir. 1999); Mississippi Chemical Corp. v. Terra International, Inc., 136 F.3d 1329 (5th Cir. 1998); Stuart v. Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., 163 F.3d 1356 (5th Cir. 1998); In re Terra International, Inc., 134 F.3d 302 (5th Cir. 1998); Terra International, Inc. v. Mississippi Chemical Corp., 119 F.3d 688 (8th Cir.), cert. denied, 522 U.S. 629 (1997)
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