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Patrick Short is a trial lawyer based in Rockwall County, Texas, the county east of Dallas County with over 32 years of experience representing clients in East and North Texas in personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and selected civil litigation matters. Patrick is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Patrick is one of eight lawyers in the State of Texas that are double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Criminal Law. 

Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife of 32 years, sitting on the couch watching a good movie, reading a good book or continuing to explore the Old and New Testament and the evidence of the truths claimed therein, often with a good cup of hot tea.  Milk and sugar please!

Patrick enjoys cooking—making a great breakfast frittata, Rib-eye or Chili.  He often tries cases in his head before he commits them to paper.  Some of that is done over the stove when the mood strikes him. 

Patrick enjoys fishing periodically and likes to dream of becoming as good with a fly rod as he is at speaking in a courtroom. 

Growing up fatherless and the only child of a WWII polish-immigrant mother, he understands life’s struggles—and yes, its pain.  Over the years, he has learned that even in tough circumstances the Giver of Life is there.  And that He is the father to the fatherless.  Patrick tries to encourage his clients that they are not alone in their legal struggle. 

You might understand him more and why he loves being a trial lawyer if you get the chance to talk to him in a legal consultation. Ask him:  “Where were you Christmas Day when you were 17?”  Even if you don’t work together on your legal case, his answer may be an encouragement to you as you sojourn your way through life. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 40%
    30 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    32 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    32 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    30 years



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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Hunter Smith

    Patrick is an amazing trial lawyer that will take the fight to the prosecutors. In the past, I have referred cases to Patrick and heard rave reviews about his skills. I would not hesitate to refer a case to Patrick. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


    John Smith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Micah Shawn Belden

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Patrick is a trial lawyer in every sense of the word. He works tirelessly not only at his cases but overtime in being a better lawyer. He goes the extra mile to work the Trial Lawyers College methodology which has proven highly successful all around the nation, and we are fortunate to have him winning in Rockwall and Dallas.


    Micah Belden Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Firm of Patrick Short

603 White Hills Drive
Suite A
Rockwall, TX, 75087


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2016
Best Attorneys of AmericaRue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America®2015
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2010
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2007
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Firm of Patrick Short1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rockwall County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
State Bar CollegeMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Christian Legal SocietyMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Rockwall County Bar AssociationPresident1997 - 1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2009
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Baylor UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Big IdeasOthers: A Life of Success2011