Prior to joining Lydecker | Diaz, Mr. Patten was a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he obtained extensive trial experience prosecuting criminal traffic, misdemeanor, and felony level charges. Mr. Patten also worked for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, where he litigated dependency issues and prosecuted in termination of parental rights cases.
Mr. Patten received his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 3% of his class. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History, Cum Laude, from St. John’s University in Minnesota.
While in law school, Mr. Patten served as Editor-in-Chief for the St. Thomas Law Review, as well as Student Bar Association President. Mr. Patten was an active participant and team competitor on the Moot Court Team, advocating and prevailing in the 2008 Orseck Competition before the Florida Supreme Court as well as the 2007 Gibbons competition in New Jersey. He was also a member and competitor on the Mock Trial team, advocating in the Florida Justice Association Competition as well as the Florida Bar competition. During his tenure in law school, Mr. Patten also tutored students in property law and worked as an intern for the Honorable Judge John O’Sullivan in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Patten is eligible to practice law in all Florida state courts. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association as well as the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.