Pat is an experienced litigator and advisor to energy companies operating in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. He is the Chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Condemnation & Eminent Domain Group, and is also a member of the Transmission, Energy and Litigation Groups. In his condemnation practice, Pat represents condemning authorities and private owners in acquisition negotiations, eminent domain actions, land rights disputes, and land use matters. He has particular expertise representing public utilities, electric cooperatives, and pipeline companies in acquiring the necessary permits and land rights for sites and corridors for electric transmission lines and pipelines in urban and rural areas. In this practice, he has represented condemning authorities in the successful and timely acquisition of hundreds of miles worth of land rights, handling scores of valuation disputes to conclusion, including through jury trials.
Patrick represents utilities in land rights matters, including in acquisition and permitting matters. Patrick has appeared in connection with this work before regulatory bodies, in court, and before court-appointed Commissioners in valuation hearings.
Pat was a leader on Fredrikson & Byron’s team serving as Land Rights Counsel for the CapX2020 Transmission Projects. In that role, he assisted the CapX2020 participants in obtaining the land rights necessary to deliver the upper Midwest’s largest transmission system upgrade in decades.
Patrick represents individuals and companies in various litigation matters in Minnesota and neighboring states. Patrick has successfully defended several actions to conclusion, including claims for breach of contract and business torts.
Holdahl, et al. v. BioErgonomics, Inc., et al., 2013 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 105 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2013) (affirming summary judgment for board members and corporation dismissing class action brought by shareholders asserting claims of, among others, fraudulent transfer and breach of fiduciary duties)
Talus Group, Inc. v. Ostrander et al., 2011 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 874 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 12, 2011) (reversing trial court’s decision and reinstating contract and tort claims brought by IT firm against two former employees and their new employer)
PEMS Co. Int’l, Inc. v. Temp-Air, Inc., et al., 2011 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 32 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 11, 2011) (affirming summary judgment against alleged finder seeking fee in connection with business acquisition)
Diversified Water Division, Inc. v. Standard Water Control Systems, Inc., 2008 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1087 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 23, 2008) (affirming award of punitive damages against competing business)