Patrick Markham is experienced in state and federal trial courts, including appearing pro hac vice in Colorado, Hawaii, Washington and Nevada state courts; representing litigants in binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association; and in argument on appeal before California’s Third District Court of Appeal and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Patrick has demonstrated trial success, and has prevailed in resolving disputes involving construction litigation (public and private), agriculture, real property and related administrative law. His law practice in construction and agriculture extends beyond litigation to advising clients on dispute avoidance and early conflict resolution.
Patrick has extensive legal experience in a broad range of areas, and focuses his practice on construction, agribusiness, land and real estate leasing and commercial law. His successes include settlement of multiple actions arising from the construction of a $200 million food processing facility; successfully collecting an agricultural debt in an action brought in a California federal district court against a Florida, LLC doing business from the state of Nevada; successfully defending a master developer in a two-month jury trial; and successfully challenging a local government entity’s erroneous award of a public construction contract. His trial successes include a verdict against an insurer for nearly eight times the policy limit following the insurer’s rejection of a policy limit demand.
Patrick is a member of the Association of General Contractors and regularly sits as a judge pro tem in the settlement conference department of the Sacramento County Superior Court as a judicial mediator. He is a member of the California and Sacramento County Bar Associations. When not practicing law, Patrick serves as a trustee of state of California Reclamation District 765, located south of West Sacramento, and rows crew as a member of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center rowing club at Lake Natoma near Folsom, California.