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Patrick Preston

Health care Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
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About Patrick

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I am a member of the healthcare practice team for the University of Washington (UW) Division of Washington State Attorney General's Office. The UW Division provides comprehensive legal services to a preeminent public university with campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell.

I advise administrators, educators, graduate professional students, and medical providers within UW’s multi-entity healthcare system, which includes a world-class academic medical center and Level I trauma hospital. Additionally, I advise UW’s health sciences administration and health sciences schools. My diverse practice involves clinical care issues, business transactions, clinical training agreements, medical supply chain contracts, regulatory compliance, and higher education policy issues.

In previous private practice, I advised and represented individuals and companies for compliance, criminal defense, and complex litigation matters. I have extensive courtroom experience as a former King County deputy prosecutor and served as a law clerk in the Western District of Washington. Prior to law school, I served as a Legislative Staff Assistant for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor.


Washington State Attorney General's Office
Healthcare Team - MS 359475
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA, 98195-9475


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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2017
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MQAC complaint defense
Patrick reviewed my case, prepared documents, and interacted with the MQAC investigator and attorney on my behalf regarding an allegation of unprofessional conduct on the business side of medicine. With his help, I was able to provide the commission with the information they needed and the complaint was dismissed. Patrick is experienced in representing physicians before the commission and his knowledge and advice was appreciated.
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Posted by Reilly | March 8, 2017
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Patrick was great throughout the entire long process
Patrick did a great job keeping me informed during the entire process. He offered his advice and all of the options we had for moving forward. McKay Chadwell was referred to me by a friend and Patrick and his team always had our best interests top of mind. I would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2015
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Patrick Preston
In April of this year I was arrested and charged with two felonies that I did not commit. I spent 40 long hours in jail and while I was there my wife received a referral for the Seattle law firm McKay-Chadwell and I'm so thankful she did. My legal fate was placed in the professional, capable hands of attorney Patrick "Pat" Preston. From our initial meeting I was very impressed with Pat's professionalism, attention to detail, and sincerity. He helped me to get through the worst 4 months of my life. Pat is gifted in his ability to look through Discovery that has been submitted by the prosecution, sift through the nonsense and laser focus on key points that help his clients, in this case, myself. Pat Preston has worked on the prosecution side so he has a keen insight into their motivations, tactics, and strategies. When I hired Mckay-Chadwell and Pat Preston, I was in desperate need of somebody to defend me and that's exactly what Pat did, he defended me when I needed it the most. Thanks to the tremendous criminal defense abilities of Mckay-Chadwell and Pat Preston, ALL charges against me were dismissed, which is the result I deserved and had hoped for. I would highly recommend Mckay-Chadwell and attorney Patrick Preston to anyone who finds themselves in a legal predicament.
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Posted by John | December 1, 2015
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Excellent in all respects
Patrick was recommended to me by an attorney from another esteemed law firm for his proficiency in certain areas of expertise. I found him to be an exemplary combination of competence and compassion. He was a passionate though reasoned defender of my rights and positions with a broad scope of vision on the entire proceeding and an eye for the finest detail as well. While closely attentive to the infinite implications, legal consequences and nuanced possibilities of any course of action or proposed maneuver he was always sensitive to my financial concerns and found resourceful ways of meeting our objectives Though formidable in dealings with opposing counsel and related legal parties to our complicated scenario he was consistently respectful in every aspect of negotiation. If you have a difficult or complicated situation that appears very bleak from your perspective, I encourage you to have at least a consultation with Patrick. You will find no finer lawyer in his realm of specialization.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2012
Very positive lawyer
Pat was a positive becon on a dim outlook for my case. If he wasn't in court he would respond within a short span of time to my questions, both via phone and email. He was very knowledgable about the system and how the process in the federal system was going to move forward. Pat was very good about informing me about the changes and pitfalls that were happening with negotiations with the Federal Prosecutor. If you are needing an attorney that is personable, has a great "bed side manner" and will give you the in's and out's then hire him for your lead attorney.
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  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sargent v. Seattle Police Department, 179 Wn.2d 376, 314 P.3d 1093 (2013)
  • Holding the Washington's Public Records Act generally requires police to produce arrest and police misconduct records promptly upon request after completed investigations.
  • State of Washington v. Canfield, 154 Wn.2d 698, 116 P.3d 391 (2005)
  • Holding the right of a defendant to "allocute," or personally address the court before a sentence is imposed, applies to the revocation of a suspended sentence before imposition of punishment.


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • WSBA Health Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • WSBA Administrative Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Member
  • N/A
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  • Portfolio Media (Law360)
  • A Prescription For Sound DEA Compliance
  • 2015
  • Washington Criminal Defense Magazine
  • Taking Five - Protecting Your Client From The Perils Of Self-Incrimination
  • 2014
  • Indiana Law Review
  • The Retention Of Severance Benefits During Challenges Of Waivers Under The Age Discrimination In Employment Act
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • King County Prosecutor's Office CLE Presentation
  • Discovery Obligations
  • 2004

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
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"Pat is an outstanding attorney with negotiation, strategy, and trial experience to provide clients with white-collar crime and general criminal defense."
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Seattle Health care Lawyer Patrick Preston
Patrick Preston
Health care Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 29 years