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Patrick J. Wheale

Trial Attorney

GET TO KNOW PATRICK

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Experienced Advocacy

Patrick previously practiced law in Atlanta at two nationally-renown litigation and trial firms, exclusively handling catastrophic injury and death cases.  It was here that he refined his advocacy skills by going against some of the best insurance attorneys in the country.  Through these efforts, Patrick helped to secure tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for deserving injury victims. 

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SIGNIFICANT CASES

Exceptional Results

Patrick has had the opportunity to put his experience to work and contribute to many significant cases over the years, totaling over $50 million.  A few of the recent ones are listed below:

  • $21,600,000 - Tractor Trailer Collision Verdict (Associate Attorney)

  • $X,XXX,XXX -  Confidential Electrical Injury Settlement (Associate Attorney)

  • $X,XXX,XXX - Crime Victim Injury Settlement (Associate Attorney)

  • $X,XXX,XXX - Confidential Truck Accident Settlement (Co-Counsel Attorney)

  • $850,000 - Truck Accident Settlement (Associate Attorney)

  • $XXX.XXX - Confidential Commercial Motor Vehicle Settlement (Co-Counsel Attorney)

  • $200,000 -  Pedestrian Collision Settlement (Lead Attorney) 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Road Less Traveled

Patrick attended law school in Birmingham, Alabama at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law where he emphasized his studies on trial advocacy. During this period, Patrick also balanced his studies with extracurricular activities including acting in regional theater.

While in law school, Patrick met and married his wife, the former Laura Lundy of Cedartown, Georgia. 

Prior to law school, Patrick attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he graduated at the top of his class.  He was also elected to be battalion honor representative as well as class vice president, and he was selected for various leadership roles throughout his education.

More importantly, it was at The Citadel that Patrick refined his disciplined approach, gained attention to detail, and learned the importance of organization to success.

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PAST EMPLOYMENT & GIVING

Diverse Experiences

Throughout college and the year after college, Patrick spent his time as a construction laborer for residential houses.  From roofing, to framing, to pouring foundation – Patrick has done it all, and has an understanding of the toll hard labor can take on a person’s body and life.

In the years between his time at The Citadel and law school, Patrick also held multiple jobs at while serving as a full-time volunteer in Americorps.  During the day, Patrick worked with supporting at-risk high school youth to help them graduate and attend college.  His nights and weekends were spent as a server at Applebee's and delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut.

Sprinkled over these years, Patrick has also worn other hats.  These include working as a busboy/dishwasher, serving in youth leadership roles at youth camp, volunteering as a guardian-ad-litem, and simply serving at local foodbanks and after-school programs.

AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS,

& LEADERSHIP

Achievements Recognized

"Top 40 Under 40" Civil Plaintiff Attorney - 2017 to Present

(National Trial Lawyers Association)

 

Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (“LEAD”) Program - 2020

(Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association)
 

Board of Directors, Rep. At Large - 2020

(State Bar of Georgia, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee)

 

Board of Directors, Rep. At Large - 2017 to Present

(State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Law Section

 

Board of Directors, President; Civil Plaintiffs’ Rep. - 2016 to Present
(State Bar of Georgia, Product Liability Section)

“Multidistrict Litigation:  Friend or Foe” - 2015

(Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, The Verdict)
 
“Overmedication and Wrongful Prescription:  A Rabbit Hole of Litigation”  - 2015
(American Association for Justice, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts)

FAMILY & INTERESTING FACTS

Personal Background

Patrick was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia.  During his summers, Patrick lived with his grandparents while working at local restaurants.

In 2012, Patrick made his acting debut in the theatrical performance, “Into the Woods” in Cedartown, Georgia.  During the curtain call he proposed to his wife, which can be viewed below:

Patrick and his wife recently welcomed their first child in to the world, a beautiful baby girl.

RESUME

Professional Summary

EDUCATION

The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina,

Charleston, South Carolina (summa cum laude)

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Class Vice President (2004-2005)

  • Honor Committee, Battalion Honor Representative

  • "Who's Who" Among Undergraduate Students

 

Cumberland School of Law - Samford University,

Birmingham, Alabama (cum laude)

  • Juris Doctorate

  • "Who's Who" Among Law Students

​BAR ADMISSIONS

Georgia

Alabama

South Carolina

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Georgia

State Bar of Alabama

State Bar of Georgia

American Association for Justice

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Tallapoosa Circuit Bar Association

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