Patrick F. Madden
Shareholder

Email: pmadden@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3349

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

When his clients are threatened by claims that could expose them to catastrophic liability, Patrick Madden develops and implements robust, aggressive, and effective defense strategies. His sound counsel and well-honed advocacy skills have earned him the trust of clients from a wide range of industries, as well as the respect of colleagues and adversaries alike. His AV-Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and his consistent inclusion on the Texas SuperLawyer® list and similar rolls of outstanding lawyers are a testament to his record of exceptional representation.

Patrick’s experience includes representing clients in claims involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, health care products, consumer electronics, heavy industrial equipment, oil field equipment, and building and construction products. Well-versed in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations as well as the customs and practices of the industry, Patrick has represented motor carriers and drivers in hundreds of cases. For his transportation industry clients, Patrick leads an accident response team that is prepared seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to document an accident scene and assure preservation of critical evidence.

Patrick has successfully defended lawsuits alleging defective design, manufacture, and marketing of products. He has represented clients in lawsuits involving allegations of breach of contract, oil and gas royalty disputes, consumer protection matters, employment issues, non-compete agreements, fraud, conversion (theft), trade secrets, trademarks, and breach of fiduciary duty. On many occasions, he has represented clients in lawsuits arising from personal and property damages alleged to have been caused by negligence or defects in oil field equipment or services. Additionally, Patrick represents physicians, dentists, surgical centers, hospitals, and other medical entities and professionals in healthcare and business matters.

A seasoned litigator, Patrick also provides proactive counsel focused on minimizing or neutralizing risk before litigation, regularly consulting with businesses regarding risk assessment, contracts, and dispute resolution.

Patrick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law after graduating, magna cum laude, from Boston College.

He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, and has litigated cases in virtually every county in the state of Texas. He has tried cases to juries in Bowie County, Collin County, Dallas County, Grayson County, Hidalgo County, Hunt County, Hutchison County, Kaufman County, Lubbock County, Parker County, Tarrant County, Wise County and several Federal District Courts. Patrick has also been admitted pro hac vice in courts in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Representative Experience

  • Represented an individual in a lawsuit in Kaufman County. The plaintiff alleged she suffered personal injuries caused by Patrick’s client. But a jury decided that the plaintiff was responsible for her own injuries. The court entered a judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims against Patrick’s client. March 2017
  • Represented a company and driver in a lawsuit in Bowie County. The plaintiffs were the parents of a 22-year old man who was killed as a result of a collision with a tractor-trailer operated by Patrick’s clients. After a nine-day trial, a jury decided that the accident was caused by the negligence of the deceased man. The court entered a judgment dismissing the plaintiffs’ claims against Patrick’s clients. January 2017
  • Represented a company and driver in a lawsuit in Lubbock County. The plaintiffs alleged various personal injuries caused when their vehicles were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer operated by Patrick’s clients. One of the plaintiffs was rendered a paraplegic by the accident. After a two week trial, a jury rendered a verdict consistent with the positions advocated by Patrick’s clients. The plaintiffs appealed the judgment, alleging that the amount awarded by the jury was so low as to be manifestly unjust. October 2016
  • Represented a company in a lawsuit in Denton County. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered personal injuries as a result of Patrick’s client’s negligence. But a jury decided that plaintiff was responsible for his own injuries. The court entered a judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims against Patrick’s client. September 2016
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in a lawsuit in Wise County who was sued for contractual indemnity for losses arising from an oil well accident. Not only did Patrick’s client not have to indemnify for the loss, Patrick’s client recovered its attorney’s fees and costs incurred to defend the lawsuit. August 2016
  • Represented a national restaurant chain in a lawsuit in Tarrant County. The plaintiff alleged that she suffered a knee injury when she fell on a substance that had been spilled on the restaurant’s floor. The court found that plaintiff presented no proof that the restaurant knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and dismissed plaintiff’s claims by summary judgment. April 2016
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in a lawsuit in Dallas County. The plaintiff alleged she suffered serious and permanent injuries caused by the company’s negligence. But a jury found that the plaintiff’s damages were less than the amount of an offer of settlement made by Patrick’s client prior to trial. Pursuant to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 167, the court found that the jury’s award was “significantly less favorable” than the offer made by Patrick’s client, and entered judgment awarding Patrick’s client its litigation costs. The plaintiff recovered nothing from Patrick’s client. February 2016
  • Represented a business employee in a lawsuit in Dallas County. The plaintiff suffered severe personal injuries that he alleged were caused by Patrick’s client. The claims against Patrick’s client were settled after 3 days of jury trial for an amount that had been rejected by the plaintiff before trial. December 2015
  • Represented two individuals in a lawsuit in Denton County. The plaintiff’s husband was rendered a quadriplegic by an accident she claimed had been caused by Patrick’s clients. The plaintiff’s husband died of complications from his injuries almost a year after the accident, and his estate was also a party to the lawsuit. The court found no breach of duty recognized by Texas law, and dismissed the claims against Patrick’s clients by summary judgment. December 2015
  • Represented a Fortune 1000 company in a lawsuit in Travis County. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries that he alleged were caused by a defective product sold and installed by Patrick’s client. Plaintiff settled his claims against Patrick’s clients and two other companies who were represented by other firms. The amount paid by Patrick’s client was less than 1/250 of the total settlement. March 2015
  • Represented a ranch employee in a lawsuit in Hutchison County. The plaintiff, a minor, suffered a serious brain injury and other personal injuries. He was required to undergo more than one year of intense physical and cognitive rehabilitation. The case settled after four days of jury trial for an amount that had been rejected by the plaintiff prior to trial.
  • Represented a client sued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. The plaintiffs alleged causes of action of trademark infringement, Lanham Act violations, misappropriation, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs sought compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief. After discovery and briefing by the parties, the federal court granted summary judgment in favor of Patrick’s client, dismissing with prejudice all of the plaintiffs’ claims. January 2015
  • Represented the defendants—an individual and his corporate employer—in a case tried in Grayson County. The plaintiff alleged permanent neurologic, lumbar and cervical injuries were caused by a collision with a truck operated by Patrick’s clients. The jury found that the plaintiff was primarily responsible for the accident, and the court entered judgment in favor of Patrick’s clients. October 2014
  • In a case alleging the wrongful death of a young woman, Patrick represented the defendants—two corporations accused of non-subscriber liability. The court granted partial summary judgment, dismissing the non-subscriber claims against Patrick’s clients. October 2014
  • In an adversarial proceeding, Patrick represented a company accused of trademark infringement and theft of trade secrets. After trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court, the court entered judgment in favor of Patrick’s client. July 2014
  • Represented the defendants, who were alleged to have caused the wrongful death of a young woman. The court granted summary judgment, dismissing all claims against Patrick’s clients. January 2014
  • Represented the defendants in a case brought on behalf of a young man who sustained severe brain damage and was rendered a paraplegic by a pedestrian/truck collision. The truck was operated by Patrick’s clients, who the plaintiff alleged negligently caused the collision. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $15,000,000 from Patrick’s clients. The trial court granted summary judgment, dismissing all claims against Patrick’s clients. September 2013
  • Represented a country club in a wrongful death lawsuit in Denton County. The plaintiff alleged that his 18-year old son was killed by an unlicensed illegal alien who was employed by Patrick’s client. The employee testified that he became intoxicated while at the country club; he was convicted of driving while intoxicated and manslaughter. The court found that Patrick’s client did not violate any duty recognized by Texas law, and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims by summary judgment. January 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Honors and Recognitions

  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, published by Texas Monthly Magazine, Civil Litigation Defense, 2011–2017
  • AV Rated, a Martindale Peer Reviewed Rating
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of American Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, April 2007–present
  • D Magazine Best Lawyers Under 40, 2006

Publications and Presentations

Educational/Professional Background

  • University of Texas, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Boston College, Bachelors of Arts, 1990, magna cum laude

Court Admissions

Patrick F. Madden is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Overview
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  • Publications/Presentations
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Patrick F. Madden

Shareholder

Email: pmadden@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3349

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

When his clients are threatened by claims that could expose them to catastrophic liability, Patrick Madden develops and implements robust, aggressive, and effective defense strategies. His sound counsel and well-honed advocacy skills have earned him the trust of clients from a wide range of industries, as well as the respect of colleagues and adversaries alike. His AV-Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and his consistent inclusion on the Texas SuperLawyer® list and similar rolls of outstanding lawyers are a testament to his record of exceptional representation.

Patrick’s experience includes representing clients in claims involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, health care products, consumer electronics, heavy industrial equipment, oil field equipment, and building and construction products. Well-versed in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations as well as the customs and practices of the industry, Patrick has represented motor carriers and drivers in hundreds of cases. For his transportation industry clients, Patrick leads an accident response team that is prepared seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to document an accident scene and assure preservation of critical evidence.

Patrick has successfully defended lawsuits alleging defective design, manufacture, and marketing of products. He has represented clients in lawsuits involving allegations of breach of contract, oil and gas royalty disputes, consumer protection matters, employment issues, non-compete agreements, fraud, conversion (theft), trade secrets, trademarks, and breach of fiduciary duty. On many occasions, he has represented clients in lawsuits arising from personal and property damages alleged to have been caused by negligence or defects in oil field equipment or services. Additionally, Patrick represents physicians, dentists, surgical centers, hospitals, and other medical entities and professionals in healthcare and business matters.

A seasoned litigator, Patrick also provides proactive counsel focused on minimizing or neutralizing risk before litigation, regularly consulting with businesses regarding risk assessment, contracts, and dispute resolution.

Patrick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law after graduating, magna cum laude, from Boston College.

He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, and has litigated cases in virtually every county in the state of Texas. He has tried cases to juries in Bowie County, Collin County, Dallas County, Grayson County, Hidalgo County, Hunt County, Hutchison County, Kaufman County, Lubbock County, Parker County, Tarrant County, Wise County and several Federal District Courts. Patrick has also been admitted pro hac vice in courts in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.