Patrick's practice focuses on securities and shareholder litigation, representing companies and individuals in connection with federal securities litigation, derivative litigation, appraisal litigation, class action lawsuits, and fiduciary litigation in state and federal courts both in Delaware and around the country. Patrick also represents companies and individuals in investigations and securities enforcement actions by regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Patrick's practice also involves complex commercial and corporate litigation in state and federal courts around the country, as well as numerous alternative dispute resolution forums. Patrick's clients range from early-stage start-ups to publicly-traded companies representing numerous industries, including life sciences and biotechnology companies, financial services, consumer products and retail, and clean technology. Patrick counsels clients regarding trial and appellate strategy and has extensive experience before trial and appellate courts all over the country. Patrick also frequently provides advice to corporations and their boards of directors on issues of corporate governance, fiduciary duties, and the Delaware General Corporation law. He also applies his extensive experience with securities litigation to counsel SPAC clients on risks related to SPAC transactions and how companies can avoid disputes.
In addition to his robust litigation practice, Patrick also is an active member of the firm’s pro bono community. Most recently, he worked as part of a Mintz team filing an amicus brief in state appeals court interpreting the Violence Against Women Act and how the law is applied in relation to public housing agencies.
After law school, Patrick clerked for the Honorable William J. Meade of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Patrick graduated magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where he served on the editorial staff of the Suffolk University Law Review as Production Editor, where he was also published. Patrick also served as a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Arbitration team, as well as a research assistant for the Honorable John E. Fenton, Jr. During law school, Patrick also interned for the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton and the Honorable Marianne B. Bowler of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, as well for the Appellate Division of the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Prior to law school, Patrick worked in corporate and financial strategy roles for Capital One Financial Corporation, where he worked in large part on the company's M&A strategy and other similar areas. Patrick graduated from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, with a concentration in International Security.
Secured complete dismissal of a securities class action at pleading stage on behalf of a large multinational operator of membership warehouse clubs, and its former executives. The case, commenced in the Southern District of California, centered on allegations that the company misled the public about its performance and the accuracy of year-end reporting, among other things.
January 10, 2022 | Blog | By John Sylvia, Patrick E. McDonough
SCOTUS Finds While Defendants Carry the Burden of Proof in Overcoming Basic’s Presumption of Reliance, Defendants May Address the Generic-Nature of Alleged Misstatements at the Class Certification Stage
June 23, 2021 | Blog | By Patrick E. McDonough, Ellen Shapiro
April 2, 2021 | Blog | By Thomas R. Burton, III, John Sylvia, Sahir Surmeli, Patrick E. McDonough
March 26, 2021 | Blog | By Thomas Burton, John Sylvia, Sahir Surmeli, Patrick E. McDonough
Supreme Court of Delaware Overturns Court of Chancery, Allowing Corporations To Enact Federal Forum Provisions to Keep Securities Act Claims In Federal Court
March 20, 2020 | Blog | By John Sylvia, Patrick E. McDonough, Ellen Shapiro
D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to Establish Standing
September 1, 2017 | Blog | By Patrick E. McDonough
Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation
June 28, 2017 | Blog | By Patrick E. McDonough
Proposed Class Action Fairness Act Could Negatively Affect Institutions' Securities Class Action Recovery
March 2, 2017 | Blog | By Patrick E. McDonough, Joel Rothman
News & Press
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Recognition & Awards
- Best Lawyers In America- Ones to Watch: Litigation- Securities (2023)
- Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association's Securities Enforcement Committee (2019)
- Member, Boston Bar Association
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Association