101 East Park Blvd., Suite 879

Plano, Texas 75074

 

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PATRICK KEATING

“I started my career as a trial lawyer because it presents the opportunity to combine creativity and hard work to persuasively present a client’s story. Along the way, I learned that I am as interested in business as I am interested in law. This is why I represent clients both in court and in non-litigation matters involving business law. My work fulfills me when I am a business partner.

 

Other sections of this website talk about our commitment to efficiency. That is not the sum and substance of why we started this law firm. This firm’s purpose is to make our clients happy they chose us. We try to do so in each representation by striving to achieve our clients’ business goals; giving clear and honest advice; and by melding hard work with an innovator’s spirit inside and outside of the courtroom.”

 

— Patrick Keating

FACTS

On a day-to-day basis, Patrick Keating advises clients about business law, corporate governance and preparation of contracts.  For example, as general corporate counsel for Firm clients, Patrick advises boards of directors and corporate officers about potential business transactions, contracts, corporate restructuring, best practices and how to avoid litigation.

 

Once litigation erupts, Patrick draws upon his more than twenty years of experience in the courtroom to advance his clients’ interests as lead trial counsel.  Clients also retain Patrick to advise them about cases in which they are represented by other law firms (for example, when the clients’ insurer or indemnitor had the right to select trial counsel or where a client has a large docket of pre-existing litigation).  In these situations, Patrick advises clients about litigation strategy and methods for reducing the cost of the litigation; and  serves as clients’ main point of contact with trial counsel.

 

Patrick focuses his litigation practice on (1) lawsuits between co-owners of businesses (typically, breach of fiduciary duty cases) and (2) commercial litigation (for example, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and other business tort cases).

 

For the first two decades of Patrick’s legal practice, he worked at and became a partner at one of the largest law firms in Texas — an international law firm with offices in fourteen cities.

 

The following few examples illustrate Patrick’s experience:

 

  • Patrick represents clients named as defendants in multiple related lawsuits arising out of an incident that made national news headlines on every network. Patrick advises the clients regarding litigation strategy and serves as the clients’ liaison with their trial counsel.
  • Patrick represented the plaintiff in a breach of contract case in the chemical industry.  After a three week jury trial, the court entered a judgement in excess of $3.9 million for the plaintiff. The defendant settled the judgment by paying $3,525,000.  Patrick’s client received $2,731,250 of  those funds with the remainder applied to attorney’s fees.
  • Patrick serves as general corporate counsel for clients in mechanical insulation, plumbing and HVAC businesses. Patrick attends board of director meetings, prepares sales and other contracts, and advises the clients regarding corporate restructuring and acquisitions.
  • Patrick worked in partnership with other law firms to represent a Fortune 500 company semiconductor manufacturer to prosecute a theft of trade secrets case against a Chinese competitor.

Education and Court Admissions

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

All United States District Courts in Texas

State Bar of Texas

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1995, with honors; Articles Editor, Texas Law Review, Volume 73

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1991, cum laude

Honors and Awards

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2015-17 editions) by Woodward White, Inc.

Recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters (as seen in Texas Monthly) (2005)

Professional and Community

Director, CASA of Collin County

Barrister, Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court (2006-2009)