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Michael A. Patterson

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Admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon and New York

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Mr. Patterson is the Senior Principal and President at Patterson Buchanan. He has significant civil trial and appellate experience, having tried more than 150 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts, and having argued over 50 cases in federal and state appellate courts. Mr. Patterson is a nationally recognized trial attorney. Very few civil litigators match his trial experience.

Mr. Patterson concentrates his practice on high stakes, high profile litigation and has represented scores of school districts; numerous cities, counties, and fire districts; various archdioceses throughout the country; and many well-known private clients in high stakes litigation. He won the Mary Kay Letourneau case for the Highline School District. With his big case experience, he is frequently called upon to be the media spokesperson for clients involved in difficult situations. He has been interviewed by ABC, CBS, Dateline and NBC. Mr. Patterson is also a nationally recognized speaker for a wide variety of litigation and best practices issues.

In addition to defending clients, Mr. Patterson has served as an expert witness in numerous matters throughout the country on fiduciary duty and insurance issues.



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Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell rates Mr. Patterson as “AV,” its highest rating. He was voted one of the Top 20 Trial Lawyers by Judges in Western Washington and is listed in The National Registry of Who’s Who. He was selected as a Super Lawyer by American Law and Politics.

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