Patrick joined IJ after six years in private practice at the law firm Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the firm, Patrick developed his own civil rights and constitutional litigation practice, successfully litigating claims against municipal, state, and federal governments in both state and federal court. Most recently, Patrick succeeded in overturning Michigan’s prohibition on ballot photography. Patrick will continue his constitutional litigation at IJ, where he will litigate cases to secure property rights, promote economic liberty, defend free speech, and support school choice.
Patrick’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The UK Daily Mail, USA Today, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Slate and on NPR and CNN Headline News, as well as other print, radio, and television outlets.
Before entering private practice, Patrick spent two terms clerking for Justice Stephen J. Markman on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Patrick earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2011 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. Patrick was previously the president of the Federalist Society’s West Michigan Lawyers Chapter and grew up in Angola, Indiana.