Pat is a member of the firm’s Dealership & Franchise and Litigation Practice Groups. He represents and advises dealerships, distributors and trade associations on matters related to franchise relationships, product distribution, business operations and commercial dispute resolution, including disputes arising under the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Dealer Law, the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law and dealership protection laws in other states.
Pat started his career as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, representing the State of Illinois and its agencies in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals. He then served in senior level positions in the corporate legal departments at Oshkosh Corporation and Coachmen Industries, Inc. In those roles, he managed domestic and international litigation including product liability, employment, commercial and antitrust matters, advised on employment matters and negotiated a wide variety of commercial agreements including purchase and supply, dealer distribution and asset purchase agreements. He also provided counsel on regulatory matters related to product safety and oversaw numerous government investigations.
Pat’s litigation practice deals mainly with commercial and employment related matters.
Admitted to Practice
- Numerous federal courts
- National Association of Dealer Counsel
- Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Wisconsin Defense Counsel
- J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
- B.A., University of Kansas
Patrick’s Latest Writing & Presentations
The Franchise and Dealer Law Report | 08.21.23
Federal law requires employers, including dealerships, to pay overtime to most employees who work more than 40 hours per week. But there are several exemptions to overtime requirements that may apply to dealership employees. Dealers should familiarize themselves with overtime requirements and exemptions to ensure they comply with federal law when paying employees.