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 – is a quick study with a restless curiosity for his clients and their situation. What sets his advice apart is his ability to take that insight, penetrate dense facts or rhetoric, and zero in on “the win” at the heart of any legal matter – from the simplest property dispute to the most 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, successfully and efficiently. Mr. Bageant does not believe in fighting for fighting’s sake, spending time or energy on expensive detours that are irrelevant to the ultimate outcome, or treating any two cases exactly alike. He believes that cases are won by thorough and early preparation, by learning more about the facts than the other side, its lawyers, or even the witnesses, and by making sure that every single task on behalf of a client contributes directly to a strategy that will produce the outcome it hired him for.

Mr. Bageant joined Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, PLLC, in 2016. Prior to ASWB, he was a 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.


Representative Plaintiff Cases

Represented 30 claimants, in separate, consolidated arbitrations, who were advised by their former investment advisor to place their retirement funds into a Ponzi scheme. Obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for his clients that that vastly exceeded their expectations.

Negotiated pre-suit insurance settlement on behalf of the claimant in a six-figure casualty loss claim. Mr. Bageant’s presentation of the case and how he intended to litigate and try it resulted in a confidential settlement that exceeded policy limits.

Represented director and largest shareholder of $1 billion publicly-traded company in claims for fraud arising from its manipulation of quarterly financial data.

Represented claimant at seven-day patent and trade secret trial in the Court of the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Prepared and rebutted thousands of pages of dispositive and post-hearing briefing.

On behalf of potential plaintiffs, among which are some of the world’s largest publicly-traded companies and best-known brands, Mr. Bageant has created numerous highly-confidential defensive patent infringement strategies, to be deployed on short notice in the event of litigation from market competitors.

Representative Defense Cases

Obtained complete victory in defense of medical insurance subcontractor from class-action litigation under ERISA and state law. Litigation strategy involved parallel actions in state and federal court; dispositive briefing by Mr. Bageant at the pleading stage resulted in a 46-page published opinion creating new law. The case was ultimately resolved by the Plaintiff paying money to Mr. Bageant’s client.

Defended the world’s largest online retailer against a nine-figure trademark infringement allegation, including obtaining a complete victory at 10-hour evidentiary hearing on preliminary injunction.

Defended the world’s largest commercial satellite manufacturer at three-week jury trial of a multibillion dollar patent infringement and trade secrets action. The action settled after verdict for less than five percent of the alleged damages.

Defended family of debtor from fraudulent transfer claims in multimillion dollar bankruptcy proceedings. Obtained dismissal of the bulk of claims with arguments that urged novel application of Washington State statutes.

Defended an Alaska Native Corporation in two-day arbitration arising from alleged wrongful termination. Obtained a complete victory, including a full award of discretionary attorney fees.

Articles & Publications

‘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.

Education

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.