Patrick Bageant

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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.’”

-Former Client

Mr. Bageant – who advises and represents an equal number of plaintiffs and defendants – has tried cases for clients around the country, including to federal juries, arbitrators, and the United States International Trade Commission. What sets him 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 disagreement or a complex, bet-the-company, multi-forum lawsuit. 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. Rather, he believes that negotiations and lawsuits 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. He also serves on various boards of Conservation Voters for Idaho, the Redside Foundation, and the Advisory Committee to the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Mr. Bageant is also a confidential advisor to numerous public servants and political candidates, in Idaho and beyond.

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.

Judicial Clerkship

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

Dean’s List

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.