Patrick M. Laurence
Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Thomas Aquinas College in California (B.A. 1996) and his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Michigan (J.D. magna cum laude 2003), where he was graduated in the top ten percent of his class and served as an editor on the Ave Maria Law Review.
Patrick has broad and diverse experience as an attorney, having seen the practice of law from the perspective of the judiciary, the plaintiffs’ bar, and the defense bar. Following law school, Patrick served in a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable James L. Ryan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While on the Court, he gained unique insight into the inner-workings of the judicial decision-making process. Following his clerkship, Patrick entered into private practice as a personal injury litigator, where he represented over 100 plaintiffs in several judicial council coordinated proceedings that, collectively, resulted in settlements of nearly one billion dollars.
In recent years, Patrick has focused his practice in the areas of construction and professional liability litigation. He has represented general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, architects, engineers, and other professionals in construction defect litigation, errors and omissions defense, and contractual indemnity enforcement and defense.