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Sarah Tidwell
Legal Assistant
bio image Patrick Patronas

Patrick is a Shareholder with LGWM and practices in LGWM's Architects and Engineers and Environmental Litigation Practice Groups. Patrick has over 25 years of experience litigating in state and federal courts and in arbitration.

Patrick represents architects, engineers, design builders, general contractors, subcontractors, and surveyors in both residential and commercial projects. Patrick also represents engineers, developers, general contractors and manufacturers in federal and state law claims involving environmental and toxic tort litigation.

Professional Profile
  • Member, Mississippi Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
  • All Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee State Courts
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • The United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
University of South Alabama, B.A. (1985)

Cumberland School of Law, J.D. (1988)
  • Represented an architectural firm against claims related to the design of a United States Embassy. Claims brought by the General Contractor involved complex issues related to the architectural layout and structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering.
  • Represented a contractor involved in the construction and utilization of a landfill in South Alabama. Claims asserted by more than 60 Plaintiffs included Clean Air Act violations, Solid Waste Disposal Act violations, and state law claims.
  • Represented a wastewater consulting firm in a lawsuit brought by ten property owners claiming discharges of untreated/partially treated wastewater on their property. The case involved a municipality and received significant local news coverage, adding a layer of complexity to an already emotionally-charged situation.
  • Represented a civil engineering firm in a lawsuit involving the design and layout of a subdivision. The developers claimed the negligent design resulted in substantial slope instability, inability to market and sale the property, and the refusal of the local governmental entity to take over control of the infrastructure.
  • Represented a firm responsible for the design of a 70 foot high MSE slope system involved in a failure to retain a $36 Million Dollar Shopping center. Alleged damages by owner exceeded $5 million.
  • Represented Design/Build company involving the construction of a $20 million commercial building.  The owner claimed numerous defects in the building including roof failure, building envelope compromise and masonry attachment deficiencies.  The claim encompassed both design and construction issues and involved amounts in excess of $5 million. 
  • Represented an architect in a lawsuit arising out of the construction of a nineteen-story condominium, wherein Plaintiff claimed nineteen separate categories of design issues, including delamination of the stucco and water infiltration, totaling in excess of $5 million. This complex litigation included over twenty parties to the litigation and spanned several years.
  • Represented a mechanical contractor that installed and repaired a natural gas-fired water boiler at an apartment complex. Seventeen individual Plaintiffs claimed damages in excess of $20 million for permanent and serious brain injuries as a result of the exposure.
  • Represented Design/Builder in claims arising out of the construction of a $20 Million Dollar Data Center. Claims against the Design/Builder involved differential settlement of the foundation slab and nonconformance with plans and specifications.
  • Represented an architect in a condominium conversion case in state court related to claims brought by a condominium owner’s association. The design claims brought by the Plaintiff included structural attachment concerns, waterproofing failure, and sound attenuation deficiencies.
  • Walmart v. QORE, 647 F. 3d 237 (5th Cir. 2011);
  • Ex Parte 3M Co., Inc., 42 So. 3d 228 (Ala. 2010);
  • QBE Ins. Corp. v. Austin Co., 23 So. 3d 1127 (Ala. 2009);
  • Ala. Dept. of Corr. v. Thompson, 855 So.2d 1016 (Ala. 2003);
  • Curtis v. Quality Floors, 653 So.2d 963 (Ala. 1995);
  • Kraz v. Holliman, 142 So. 3d 1161 (Ala. Civ. App. 2013);
  • Thomas v. McKee, 205 F. Supp. 2d 1275 (M.D. Ala. 2002);
  • Carmichael v. Agur Realty Company, Inc., 574 So. 2d 603 (Miss. 1990);
  • U.S. v. Dawn Properties, Inc., 64 F. Supp. 3d 955 (S.D. Miss. 2014);