Chris Patton is an attorney with the Walnut Creek office of McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell. Mr. Patton has practiced law since 1997. He is a trial specialist with over 60 civil jury trials to verdict.He received his B.A. in Speech Communications from Pepperdine University in 1992 where he attended on a full tuition Speech and Debate scholarship. While at Pepperdine he won dozens of speech and debate awards including the National Championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. After graduation, Mr. Patton coached speech and debate at Pepperdine University and Calabasas High School, and coached and judged at the College and High School National Championships.
Mr. Patton spent a year of law school at Oxford University (Magdalen College) pursuing studies in International Litigation and Arbitration. Mr. Patton moved on to Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he continued his training as a trial advocate. Mr. Patton won the Scott Moot Court Competition, was a member of the Bryne Trial Advocacy Team and was named the third place advocate at the Phillip Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Mr. Patton worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office while in Law School and conducted over 60 preliminary hearings and four jury trials before graduation. Mr. Patton was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award and had the honor of being the graduation speaker for the Loyola Law School Graduating Class of 1997.
Upon graduation, Mr. Patton worked on the multi-billion dollar Qui Tam case of United States of America, ex rel. Boisvart v. FMC Corp. concerning the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The case had more than 2,000,000 pages of defense exhibits, and took four months to try. Mr. Patton then went to Washington DC to work with the Law Firm of Jones Day on the post-trial motions.
Mr. Patton has represented automobile manufacturers, law enforcement departments, and insurance companies. Mr. Patton has handled construction defect, medical malpractice and breach of contract cases.
His practice focuses primarily on the defense of personal injury lawsuits and assisting insurance companies in their special investigation unit (SIU) litigation.
Mr. Patton is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in the State of California and is a member of the Northern California Fraud Investigators Association, the Anti-Fraud Alliance, National Institute of Trial Advocates and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Patton has also provided training to insurance companies regarding third party litigation and investigation of SIU matters.
Mr. Patton has successfully first-chaired more than 60 jury trials to verdict and more than 100 arbitrations. He has taken more than 1,000 depositions and more than 200 expert depositions.
Civil Litigation and Trials
First and Third Party SIU Investigations
Examinations Under Oath
Pepperdine University, B.A. 1992
Oxford University, Magdalen College, 1995
Loyola Law School, J.D. 1997
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