David Patrón serves as the Practice Coordinator of the firm’s New Orleans Litigation Group where he manages one of the firm’s largest practice groups. With more than 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Patrón has established a solid reputation as a talented litigator who successfully represents businesses at all phases of litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Gulf South and beyond.
Whether winning at trial or negotiating favorable settlements, he is a results-oriented lawyer whose legal successes have been recognized in several media outlets. For more than a decade, Mr. Patrón also has taught negotiation and advocacy as a law school adjunct faculty professor to more than a thousand law students, and he applies this experience in both courtrooms and boardrooms.
With a strong background in commercial litigation and deep experience in the energy sector, Mr. Patrón provides counsel to clients on a wide variety of complex legal issues, including antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, and employment law. Whether defending a breach of contract or prosecuting a breach of fiduciary duty, Mr. Patrón focuses on finding real world business solutions for his clients.
Mr. Patrón regularly counsels and represents clients in the energy sector, including publicly traded exploration and production companies with domestic and international operations. For more than a decade, he has acted as the primary counsel for an oil and gas company that consistently ranks as a top producer in the State of Louisiana.
Mr. Patrón also actively represents several oilfield services companies specializing in drilling, pressure control, snubbing, nitrogen and fluid pumping, wireline, barge and towing services, offshore catering, hydraulic fracturing, and well control. He handles a variety of litigation matters affecting the energy sector, including disputes with lessors, royalty owners, contractors, operators, and regulators.
His experience includes a host of government and regulatory issues affecting the oil and gas industry, including coastal use permitting, environmental regulations, severance taxes, oilfield legacy litigation, royalty disputes, criminal investigations, and lease disputes.
He represents energy clients before the Department of Revenue, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, State Mineral Board, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Justice.
Mr. Patrón has substantial experience in antitrust and trade regulation. At Stanford Law School, he studied antitrust and trade regulation under the former United States Attorney General of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
Since then, he has defended and prosecuted antitrust claims on behalf of clients at the trial and appellate levels, has prepared amicus briefs on antitrust issues, and has monitored antitrust litigation, legislation, and guidelines on behalf of interested clients.
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Patrón has defended clients being investigated by federal antitrust regulators, has designed an Antitrust Compliance Manual for businesses, and has published articles on antitrust law developments.
He has also counseled trade associations and practice groups on various antitrust issues, including information sharing, price-fixing, and state-action immunity.
Mr. Patrón has published several articles concerning developments in antitrust, trade regulation, intellectual property and commercial litigation. He has drafted several papers and moderated a series of American Bar Association roundtable discussions on a variety of legal topics and has appeared as a legal commentator on WDSU-TV, WGNO-TV and WVUE-TV to discuss various government and court actions.
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