The phrases are more than just slogans. They stand for an attitude. One that never takes for granted the privilege of doing business in a Country, and with a government, that promotes fair competition and rewards smart risk-taking.
This attitude, for Pat, crystallized over the course of two tours of duty in Iraq. The first in 2006 as Chief of Contract and Fiscal Law for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I). While in this position, he supervised a team of attorneys providing legal advice to the command responsible for the majority of contracting in Iraq. Then on his second tour, from 2010-2011, he served as Judge Advocate for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula.
Both deployments made Pat appreciate the “can do” attitude of American contractors, who found opportunities in difficult circumstances and made the government more efficient
In Iraq, Pat advised Iraqi judges on issues of due process, and guided multinational forces and their contractors through the complex contractual machinery necessary to marshal assets for everything from crop dusting to road building. He brings the tough resolve necessary to accomplish these missions to all of his legal and consulting work (for contractors and government clients such as the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights).
For his service, Pat was awarded the Bronze Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with a service star), the War on Terrorism Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Pat completed active duty as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he used his extensive experience before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the General Services Board of Contract Appeals, to defend the interests of the United States in civil lawsuits. This led to an appointment as Chief Counsel to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Transformation Program. His advice there was key to establishing the USCIS in its new home at DHS. The work he did in New Orleans on behalf of DHS in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Pat considers an “honor.” Pat and his associates are at their best in a crisis, whether it’s a distressed business or a distressed state and local government struggling to meet the challenge of a natural disaster.
Pat held a variety of leadership posts in the JAG Corps and Department of Justice. Most notably, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the JAG Corps and Chief of Criminal law in the 82nd Airborn Division (1998-2000). Prior to joining the 82nd, Pat earned the Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge. He also earned the respect of the men and women he represented. The same way we earn the respect of our clients, by climbing into the trenches with them, or more appropriately in Pat’s case—jumping out of airplanes.
He is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A., Economics) and Wake Forest University Law School. He received his L.L.M. in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. He is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court.