Patricia M. Patino

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Area of Focus: Trial & Litigation
Patricia M. Patino

Patty Patino focuses her practice on assisting clients in complex business disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration forums. Patty’s breadth of experience in connection with business disputes covers breach of contract, commercial torts, class action defense, and appellate issues. She also has experience in product liability and antitrust matters. In the courtroom, Patty excels at the oral advocacy that is critical to achieving optimal outcomes for clients.

Before entering private practice, Patty served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jay P. Cohen at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, where she was responsible for researching and recommending the disposition of issues raised in civil appeals, including issues common to business litigation such as jurisdiction, contract and statutory interpretation, damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Q & A
What aspects of commercial litigation do you find most interesting?
The diversity of legal and business issues to which commercial litigators are exposed makes the work challenging, but it is precisely this breadth of exposure that makes litigation intellectually interesting. No two cases are the same, so good litigators need to possess a high degree of resourcefulness if they are to advocate effectively for a client. As part of Bilzin Sumberg’s commercial litigation practice, I work as part of a seasoned team where each attorney brings an extraordinary track record of resolving business disputes in various industries to bear on the particulars of each case at hand, in effect using such wide-ranging experience to creatively and efficiently address a client’s challenges.
How has your time as an appellate law clerk shaped your current practice?
During my clerkship, I received a first-hand look at the best practices for arguing and winning dispositive legal issues. I understand what makes an argument compelling and how judges analyze different substantive and procedural issues. My background in appellate law is helpful in my analysis of each client’s case because it provides a big-picture perspective of where the matter may go while focusing on the details that matter most in court proceedings. 
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2017
    University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2014
  • American Bar Association
    Section of Litigation, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Programming Co-Chair, 2023
    Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

    Pathfinder, 2023

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Spanish