About Patrick Malone:
Patrick Malone is a leading patient safety advocate and attorney who represents seriously injured people in medical malpractice lawsuits, product liability cases and other cases.
Mr. Malone has won a long string of exceptional verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. His verdict in Benedi v. McNeil PPC remains one of the largest collected judgments against a pharmaceutical company.
He is the co-author of an acclaimed book teaching other attorneys how to win cases: Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff’ Lawyer’s Guide to Proving Liability. The book is now in its second edition and is available through Amazon or the publisher: www.trialguides.com.
He appeared on the Today Show to discuss his book for patients, The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care – and Avoiding the Worst (www.lifeyousave.com). Mr. Malone frequently is invited to give educational lectures to lawyer groups around the country and also speaks publicly to patients and health care providers about improving the safety of our health care system.
He is a member of several prestigious invitation-only lawyer societies, including the Inner Circle of Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Patrick Malone has been recognized as a leader in the field by the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, and the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America.
One experience that has brought Mr. Malone closer to his clients' disabilities is his own work raising his autistic son Brendan. His story about Brendan appears as Chapter One in the book, Up All Night: Practical Wisdom from Mothers and Fathers, a collection of essays by parents at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Malone is a son of the Midwest. He grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Wichita, Kansas, the oldest of seven children. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kansas, he worked as a reporter for United Press International in Kansas City, then won a prestigious journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he studied public health issues and wrote freelance articles for the Washington Post. Malone then worked as a medical writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, where he won a number of awards, including a finalist designation for the Pulitzer Prize for a series co-authored on “dangerous doctors.”
After he was accepted at Yale Law School, Malone and his wife Vicki sold their home in Miami and moved to a rental apartment in New Haven, Connecticut with their infant son. They had one more son while at Yale and a third after moving to the Washington area. At Yale, Malone won several student awards, including best “moot court” argument. He worked for a year after graduating for a prominent federal judge, U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell in Washington, D.C. In 1985, Patrick Malone began his career as an attorney representing seriously injured people.
What we do:
When bad things happen to good people, victims and their families look for answers. Tragic injuries too often turn out to have been preventable. Our job is to find the answers and work for justice on behalf of those whose injuries should not have happened. We like to think of what we do as “speaking truth to power.” At Patrick Malone & Associates, we commit our skill, resources and experience to finding the answers and seeking justice for our clients, even when, and especially when, the wrongdoer is an institution with substantial resources to defend itself in court.
We have represented ordinary people in lawsuits against big institutions: insurance companies, hospitals, and governments — including the U.S. government. We have success and experience in the areas listed below as well as other types of major cases involving substantial injuries and harms.
Professional Associations & Memberships
The Inner Circle of Advocates, which limits its membership to 100 of the best plaintiffs' personal injury attorneys in the United States. www.innercircle.org
International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The IATL (www.iatl.net) is an invitation-only honorary society limited to 500 fellows from both the plaintiff’s and defense bar. Its mission is to promote the Rule of Law around the world and to elevate standards of integrity, honesty and courtesy in the legal profession.
The American Law Institute, an organization of judges, lawyers and legal scholars that regularly publishes Restatements of the Law, model codes, and legal studies, as the ALI states: “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.” www.ali.org
National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Law, Science and Technology (member for two terms, 2000-2006).
National Board of Trial Advocacy: Certified civil trial advocate, 1999 to present.
Other memberships: Bar associations of Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia; American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (president 2005-2006); Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; Maryland Association for Justice; Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice); The Counsellors (president 2002-2003).
Honors and Awards
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2008, 2009)
The Best Lawyers in America (2006 edition to present)
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America (2007)
Irish Legal 100 (2009) (leading Irish-American lawyers)
Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, 1995.
Frederick Abramson Award, D.C. Bar, June 1998 (pro bono service)
Martindale-Hubbell: “AV” rated (top rating).
Yale Law School: Harlan Fiske Stone Prize and Potter Stewart Prize for best moot court efforts; C. LaRue Munson Prize for legal clinic work; editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Journalism awards (prior to legal career): finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for a series of articles co-authored on "Dangerous Doctors"
Other journalism awards: Florida Medical Association, best newspaper medical writer in the state, 1980 and 1981; The Newspaper Guild, Heywood Broun Award, 1980; American Bar Association, Gavel Award, 1980; Sigma Delta Chi, Distinguished Service Award, 1980; National Headliners Club Award, 1980; Women in Communications, Clarion Award, 1980; American Academy of Family Physicians, 2nd prize, 1981.
College: University of Kansas, 1972: summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.