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“I felt about Patrick the way Apsley Cherry-Garrard felt about Shackleton, ‘if I’m in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.’”
Mr. Bageant – who advises and represents an equal number of plaintiffs and defendants – is a quick study with a restless curiosity for his clients and their situation. What sets his advice apart is his ability to penetrate dense facts or rhetoric and zero in on the win at the heart of any legal matter, be it a simple dispute or a complex, bet-the-company, multi-forum lawsuit. To that end, Mr. Bageant has tried cases for clients around the country, including to federal juries, arbitrators, and the United States International Trade Commission.
Mr. Bageant’s informed, matter-of-fact courtroom style reflects his professional philosophy in general. He believes his clients do not want a lawyer to work their legal problems – they want a lawyer to solve them. Efficiently. Mr. Bageant does not engage in fighting for fighting’s sake, spend time or money on detours that are irrelevant to the ultimate outcome, or treat any two cases exactly alike. He believes that cases are won by “distinguishing what is important from what is merely interesting,” and by early preparation with an eye to what actually matters.
Mr. Bageant joined Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, PLLC, in 2016. Prior to ASWB, he was a trial lawyer with the Seattle offices of Susman Godfrey, LLP, a federal Court of Appeals clerk, and a recipient of the Jamison Prize for scholarship and advocacy upon his graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Before law school, Mr. Bageant served as a municipal firefighter, advanced EMT, and helicopter rappeller with the United States Forest Service, where he participated in and led fire suppression and rescue missions across the western United States and received multiple Commendations for Merit. When not negotiating, litigating, or trying cases for his clients, Mr. Bageant is an enthusiastic blues/rock/country guitar player, woodworker, archer, and student of politics, economics, and United States history.
Articles & Publications
“It’s time to rewrite Idaho’s non-compete laws, which are toxic to our economy,” Guest opinion. Idaho Statesman, July 26, 2017.
“‘Loser pays’ arrangement produces counterintuitive results.” Guest opinion. Idaho Statesman, February 14, 2017.
Law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010-2011.
Juris Doctorate, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2010:
Recipient of the Jamison Prize for Scholarship and Advocacy
National finalist in the 2008 National Appellate Moot Court Competition; best oralist in 2009
McBaine Honors Moot Court finalist in 2009 and 2010
Distinguished with American Jurisprudence Awards in Appellate Advocacy, California Constitutional Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, and First Amendment Law, and Prosser Award in Criminal Law
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, writing minor, University of Idaho, 2007:
Class of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences’ Distinguished Graduating Senior
Sigma Tau Delta
Multi-year academic presenter at the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference
Honors and Distinctions in Public Service
Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for providing technical assistance in the successful swift-water rescue of four individuals entrapped in an underwater van in the Secesh River, Idaho
Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for providing life-saving emergency medical care to three individuals involved in a backcountry airplane crash at Big Creek, Idaho
Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for leadership as incident commander of emergency fire and rescue operations at the scene of a quadruple-fatality helicopter crash on the Salmon River, Idaho
Distinguished by the City of Moscow, Idaho, for exemplary service and leadership as a municipal firefighter and Advanced EMT
Professional Associations and Admissions
State Bar of California
Washington State Bar Association
Idaho State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
American Bar Association, YLD
King County Judicial Selection Committee
Krassel, America, Alumni Association
*Legal ethics experts would hasten to point out, and Mr. Bageant would agree, that nothing on this page is a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter – but, if hired, he will certainly do his very best on your behalf.