Patrick Schwedler

Patrick Schwedler

Patrick represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts in Georgia and other jurisdictions. Patrick focuses his practice on complex business litigation, business counseling, workplace disputes, tort litigation, and federal and state appeals. Patrick also has significant experience advising on, and litigating, unfair competition matters involving computer crimes, restrictive covenants, trade secret misappropriation and other business torts.  

Patrick started his private practice career as an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. At Troutman Sanders, Patrick focused on complex business litigation, employment law, and appellate practice. As appellate counsel, Patrick has helped clients secure victories in front of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Patrick served as a judicial clerk for then Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit and then Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.  In addition to his private practice and clerkship experience, Patrick served as a faculty member at the University of Georgia Law School during 2016-2017. He has also published articles discussing arbitration and employment related issues, which have appeared in the Cincinnati Law Review and the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.

Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Clemson University where he was member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. During law school, he served on the executive board of the Georgia Law Review and was inducted into the Blue Key National Honor Society and the Order of the Coif.

Away from the office, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Elyse, and their daughter.

Education

  • Clemson University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Georgia School of Law, summa cum laude, executive board of the Georgia Law Review, Blue Key National Honor Society, and the Order of the Coif.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of student housing developer in wide range of matters throughout the country. 
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction and appointment of receiver and defeated motion to compel arbitration in shareholder dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
  • Advised, counseled, and litigated workplace disputes in various jurisdictions involving numerous industries.
  • Secured and defeated injunctions in several restrictive covenant and trade secret actions.
  • Obtained reversal of multi-million-dollar jury verdict as appellate counsel in case involving tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of Georgia’s computer crimes statute.
  • Twice reversed lower courts in matters of first impression under Georgia law.
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