Patrick is a litigation associate in Toronto. He maintains a broad litigation practice focussed in energy and infrastructure at McCarthy Tétrault. He has a strong background in government and regulatory affairs.
Patrick has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and various tribunals. He represents clients at regulatory hearings, trials, urgent injunctions, motions, arbitrations and mediations. He advises clients during times of crisis to preserve their business objectives and reputation.
Representing both public and private sectors, Patrick aims to provide insights that show the whole picture. He draws on his experience in commercial litigation and public service to deliver broad strategic advice.
Patrick recently served as the Director of Policy to Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development, Mines and Indigenous Affairs. He led in the development of public policy in Ontario's energy sector, collaborating with other ministries and agencies including: Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. He previously advised the Ontario Energy Board as an analyst in the Strategic Policy and Legal Services division.
This puts Patrick in a unique position to help navigate the complexities of government and public relations.
Patrick took a leadership role in the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He participated in securing Ontario’s short and long-term energy supply, developing competitive procurement models, accelerating broadband expansion and progressing innovative energy projects such as small modular reactors, storage and interties.
Regarded as a coalition builder, Patrick leverages relationships and partnerships with stakeholders to provide legal advice and drive results. He helps clients advance their interests by providing guidance through legal and procedural issues along the way.
Patrick is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association and is active in various energy associations. He is also a member of the Pride Action Group at McCarthy Tétrault.
Patrick received his HBA from the University of Toronto, and his JD from Queen’s Law School where he volunteered in the Correctional Law Project, held leadership roles in student government and received several academic awards.
- The Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry – represented a utility through the judicial inquiry investigation and public hearings
- Advised a market participant through an IESO Market Assessment and Compliance Division investigation
- Represented a large construction company in an urgent injunction application requiring the delivery of building materials in advance of a major highway maintenance program
- Enbridge Inc. in its C$37 billion acquisition of Spectra Energy Corp. to create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America
- Levac v James – represented a defendant at a publicized trial brought under the Class Proceedings Act regarding a public health investigation into an infectious outbreak
- Acted for a public agency to investigate its procurement practices to develop a proactive communications strategy and favourable legal positon
- Represented a public corporation through allegations of anti-competitive price fixing brought under the Class Proceedings Act and the Competition Act