M. Patrick McDowell
Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
190 East Capitol Street
The Pinnacle Building, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201
Patrick McDowell is licensed to practice in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. His practice focuses on complex litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including antitrust, contract, business tort, unfair competition, RICO, trademark, securities, product liability, drug and medical device, toxic exposure, and environmental litigation. He has successfully prosecuted and defended commercial disputes on behalf of entertainment, environmental, financial, food, insurance, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, and television services providers. He has also successfully defended manufacturers, producers, and licensors against product liability, negligence, and toxic tort claims.
Patrick concentrates much of his practice on the defense of multi-state and federal multidistrict litigation, class actions, mass torts, and attorney general civil litigation. He has represented healthcare insurers and food producers in multidistrict antitrust class actions; telecommunications and technology services providers in multidistrict securities and ERISA class actions; employers, insurers, banks, and television service providers in federal class actions; drug, device, and other product manufacturers in multidistrict and multi-state mass tort actions; and drug and device manufacturers, healthcare insurers, and financial service providers in attorney general civil litigation.
Patrick has been recognized by Chambers USA© for Litigation: General Commercial; by Mid-South Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation; by Benchmark Litigation© as a Litigation Star for Appellate, Commercial, Environmental, and Intellectual Property; and by Best Lawyers© for Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation–Healthcare, Litigation–Securities, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions–Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants, Product Liability Litigation–Defendants, and Trade Secrets Law, including recognition as Litigation–Securities Lawyer of the Year for 2019 and 2021.
Patrick is a past president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a member of the national FBA’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the IADC Class Actions and Multi-Party Litigation Committee, a recurring member of the IADC Corporate Counsel College Advisory Board, and is currently the programs vice chair of the IADC Business Litigation Committee. He previously served on the ABA Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee as newsletter editor, and he currently serves on the DRI Commercial Litigation Committee steering committee as program vice chair. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Litigation Counsel of America. He is president-elect of the Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court and litigation group coordinator for the Southern Law Network.
Before joining the Brunini firm, Patrick served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
At every level of the Federal and State appellate systems, Brunini’s lawyers have successfully represented their clients in complex appeals. We have represented a broad array of clients in cases on appeal following the firm’s representation of those clients at the trial level, and we also have been retained to serve as appellate counsel in cases that were handled at trial by other attorneys. From product liability, intellectual property and commercial disputes to mass tort, personal injury and constitutional issues, our appellate lawyers have an exceptional depth and breadth of experience upon which to draw in guiding our clients through the appellate process.
Additionally, as a result of our broad appellate practice and successful track record, the firm is regularly engaged by industry trade associations to draft amicus curiae briefs in significant cases, including complex product liability and mass/toxic tort cases. Indeed, in 2012, Brunini was selected as the Benchmark Appellate Law Firm for the South, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Brunini counts among its lawyers former law clerks to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. As a result of these experiences, our appellate lawyers have a unique understanding of both the inner-workings of the State and Federal appellate systems, as well as the process by which appellate judges decide cases.
Grounded by experience and infused with innovation, the practice of law at Brunini affirms our vision of growth, excellence and discovery. Even as we grow, we maintain a collegial atmosphere and team focus. In 2022, our firm was named Mississippi’s Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation for the third year in a row and was a top-ranked firm in Chambers USA. Our high standards are demonstrated by the number of Brunini attorneys who are named by their peers to the ranks of many distinguished organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Best Lawyers® in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, Mid-South Super Lawyers.