Lawyers

Patrick C. Fagan, Partner

Pat Fagan represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation in state and federal courts. Pat focuses on business disputes involving complex technology, particularly contract disputes.  He also frequently litigates restrictive covenant, compensation, and intellectual property disputes for both employers and employees. Pat prides himself in quickly learning his clients’ business, including fields like automotive technology, construction, healthcare, payment processing, real estate, software, and wastewater.

Pat has won multiple multi-million dollar jury verdicts, doing so for both a plaintiff and a defendant. He has also won appeals in the Federal Courts of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. Pat was as a “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine in each of the last four years, indicating that Georgia lawyers ranked him as among the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in Georgia.

Before joining the firm, Pat was a law clerk to a Federal District Court judge. Pat received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review. Pat received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, which he attended on an Army ROTC scholarship.

After college, Pat served as a Ranger-qualified Captain in the United States Army. He served two tours in Iraq and was awarded the Combat Action Badge and two Bronze Star Medals.

Pat is an Atlanta native and returned home to join the firm in 2011. He lives intown with his wife and their daughter.

Representative Work

Won an $11.1 million jury verdict in federal court for a healthcare technology company faced with the defendant’s breach of contract. Won affirmance of our eight-figure verdict in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Successfully defended two electronics businesses in a breach of contract jury trial. Even though our clients were the defendants, we won a net verdict of over $1 million against a plaintiff suing for millions. Argued and won a directed verdict against one of the world’s largest law firms.

Won dismissal in the Georgia Supreme Court of a negligent misrepresentation claim that threatened to upend electronic payment processing in Georgia.

On behalf of a payment processing client, won a federal preliminary injunction enforcing restrictive covenants protecting our client’s business from a former employee who moved to an upstart competitor. Won affirmance of that preliminary injunction in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Defended a Fortune 50 company in an arbitration over alternative energy sales. After the plaintiff filed arbitration demanding millions, we achieved a settlement whereby our client – the defendant – recovered money.

Defended an international business against confidentiality, trade secret, inventorship, and other claims related to automotive technology in the Southern District of New York.

Successfully resolved the breakup of a closely held corporation and the ownership of its software, without the need for litigation.

Represented a high-net-worth client’s trusts in a lawsuit against a large national bank regarding breach of contract and other duties owed in the management of investment accounts. After defeating the bank’s summary judgment motion, the matter was resolved to the parties’ mutual satisfaction.

Defended against quiet-title claims regarding ownership of dozens of high-profile government properties.

Successfully resolved a real estate sales contract dispute between a home builder and a developer, without the need for litigation.

On appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals, won the complete reversal of a declaratory judgment entered against an insurer.

Successfully moved to dismiss a federal lawsuit seeking indemnification under our client’s professional liability policy.

Represented local banks in breach of contract actions. Obtained millions of dollars of judgments for banking clients.

Devised creative defense strategies to bring about favorable, individual settlements of nationwide class actions.

Provide pro bono representation to veterans in a variety of cases and contexts.

Professional Activities

Chair, State Bar of Georgia Military/Veterans Law Section 2019-2020

Atlanta Chair and National Committee, Veteran Leadership Development Group (www.vldg.org)

Leadership Buckhead, Class of 2018

LEAD Atlanta, Class of 2013

Mentor, Fulton County Veterans Court, 2014-2018

Barrister, Lamar Inn of Court

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Georgia Rising Star, Atlanta magazine, 2017-2020

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Atlanta
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010

  • Virginia Law Review
  • Virginia Law Veterans, President

Georgetown University, B.A., Economics and History, 2002

Previous Experience

Law Clerk, Chief Judge W. Keith Watkins, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 2010-11

Captain, U.S. Army, 2002-08

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