I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before receiving my B.A. from Rice University in 1992. I began law school in 1994 by attending South Texas College of Law. In 1996, I clerked for the Honorable Lynn Bradshaw-Hull in the Harris Civil County Court at Law No. 3. I graduated from the University of Houston Law Center magna cum laude in 1997. I am currently a litigation attorney concentrating on civil matters at Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C.
If banks have a depository operations issue, I have handled thousands of cases regarding same. I have successfully defended banks from lawsuits totaling over $100,000,000. I have answered over 150 lawsuits involving UCC sections 3, 4 and/or 4A issues. I have also personally answered over 2,000 garnishment lawsuits. I have been asked to be an expert witness on issues concerning UCC sections 3, 4 and 4A. I have written numerous articles on banking topics, and have given numerous speeches, including speeches on how to better protect banks in litigation through updated deposit agreements. I have also given UCC update speeches and given speeches on other UCC issues. I also routinely handle many other types of lawsuits against banks including lender liability claims, FCRA claims, FDCPA claims, Texas Finance Code claims, and other alleged wrongful debt collection claims, and I have handled many disputes concerning construction lending litigation.
I have also defended many other types of businesses, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and various other businesses. For example, I helped the United States of America Chess Federation defend against a $25,000,000.00 lawsuit by some board members against other board members for defamation, libel and slander, tortious interference and various other claims. If your business has been faced with a demand letter, I am generally able to defend your business with regard to same. If you are worried about a threatened or pending lawsuit (i.e., if you are having trouble sleeping due to a lawsuit or a potential lawsuit against your business), I am likely the type of lawyer you need and please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.
To provide more specifics, I have experience with complex commercial litigation, including tortious interference claims, insurance claim litigation, fidelity and surety insurance coverage, DTPA claims, injunctions, employment law, landlord-tenant disputes, probate matters, property disputes, real estate tax litigation, breach of contract, business torts, construction law disputes, defamation, libel and slander, and other general business matters.
Licensed since 1997
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I endorse this lawyer. Pat has successfully handled commercial litigation actions for financial institutions involving UCC sections 3, 4 and/or 4A issues, garnishment lawsuits, lender liability claims, FCRA claims, FDCPA claims, Texas Finance Code claims, and other alleged wrongful debt collection claims. For several years I have worked with Pat and have observed firsthand his vast knowledge of all aspects of commercial litigation as well as his vigilant commitment to keeping his clients informed.
Eric Mettenbrink Banking Attorney
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1997||05/03/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Houston Top Lawyer||Houstonia Magazine||2013|
|Volunteer of the Year||Meyerland Soccer Club||2012|
|Rice University Alumni Builders Award||Rice University||2006|
|Shareholder||Hirsch & Westheimer, PC||1996 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Texas Association of Bank Counsel||Chair||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section||Vice Chair||2014 - Present|
|Rice University Alumni||Chair||2014 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1997 - Present|
|Compass Bank v. Haji Gul Khan||Judgment in favor of Compass Bank|
|Rodriguez v. NBC Bank and NationsBank of Texas, N.A.||Judgment in favor of NationsBank|
|Plant Automation Services, Inc. v. Banner Life Insurance Co., et al||Resolved at Mediation|
|University of Houston Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Rice University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||UCC Update||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Paperless Banking and New Rules Regarding Same and How to Prevent Your Bank from Suffering Losses||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2009|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2009|