In an era of litigators, Patrick Arenz is a trial lawyer. He handles high-stakes disputes for a diverse set of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small inventor-led companies and individuals.
His practice focuses on patent and copyright infringement matters, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract disputes, and business and individual tort cases. In five separate enforcement efforts for inventor-led companies, he has secured eight-figure licensing revenues for each client.
He is equally adept at representing defendants; and for clients such as Medtronic, he has handled competitor-versus-competitor patent cases on both sides of the “v.” His cases have garnered media attention from outlets including The New York Times, Star Tribune, and even “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Based on his accomplishments, Patrick was selected for the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list and named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2018.
Patrick has honed his trial skills in courtrooms across the country, and spent his early career working alongside renowned trial lawyers, like Ronald J. Schutz and Martin R. Lueck. He has since tried a wide range of cases, including patent infringement, breach of contract, personal injury, and felony-criminal defense cases.
In 2016, he tried a breach of license dispute over unpaid royalties, and obtained a $5.7 million verdict that settled on appeal for $13.5 million. Many of Patrick’s cases have resolved successfully before trial, driven by his preparation and readiness for trial.
Patrick is passionate about ensuring access to justice for all, not just those who can afford it. From 2015 through 2018, he chaired Robins Kaplan’s Pro Bono Committee. Under his leadership, The American Lawyer ranked the firm as having the fourth-best pro bono program in the country. Law360 and The National Law Journal, among other national publications, also recognized the firm’s program during his tenure.
As chair, Patrick led by example. In 2017, he obtained what is reported to be the first-ever verdict in a civil sex tourism case; the jury awarded $950,000 to his client after finding that she had been sexually assaulted in Laos at the age of 14 by a 43-year-old U.S. citizen. The ABA recognized Patrick’s dedication to pro bono work by awarding him its prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award in 2018, and Public Justice named him one of four finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year.
- William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2006); William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor (2005-2006), Staff Member (2004-2005); American College of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Team (2006)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., History and Political Science, with distinction in Political Science (2003)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- U.S. Supreme Court
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