Pete T. Patterson

Top rated General Litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

Patterson PC
Pete T. Patterson
Patterson PC

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Personal Injury, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1990

Education: University of Houston Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003, 2008 - 2023
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Patterson PC

4309 Yoakum Boulevard, Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77006 Visit website


Pete T. Patterson is managing partner at PATTERSON P.C. in Houston, Texas. Mr. Patterson practices trial law for business, commercial, employment and personal injury law, litigating cases throughout the state of Texas and across the country. Patterson is double board certified in PI and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

Mr. Patterson has more than 30 years of experience. Over the course of his career, he has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients through settlements and verdicts. Honoring his accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating ten years running. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Pete is an Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and served as 2020 Houston Chapter President.  Pete was the 2020-21 President of the Houston Chapter of the Entrepreneur's Organization. 

In addition to running his law practice, Mr. Patterson is involved in various educational roles. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute. He serves as a visiting lecturer at the master of business administration program at Baylor University and serves on the board of trustees at Wayland Academy.

Mr. Patterson spent several years serving on the board of Child Advocates and participated on a mayoral task force involving startup businesses and residential Houston neighborhoods. He continues to serve his community in many ways, including sitting on the boards of the Neartown Association, the Neartown Community Development Corporation and the Park Civic Association.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Patterson received his law degree from University of Houston Law Center. He is eligible to practice before Texas state courts and several federal courts, and is a member of several legal organizations including, the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

General Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation

Focus areas

Litigation, Non-Compete Agreements, Restraining Order, Trade Secret, Wrongful Death

  • 20% General Litigation
  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 1990, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chapter President - -Houston - The Entrepreneur's Organization.
  • Chapter President - Houston - The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2020
  • Active Member, YEO International Board, 2002-2004 
  • YEO - International Board Member, 2002-2004
  • Education Chair, Local chapter of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO), 1999
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Education Co-Chair, Local chapter of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO), 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Finance Chair, Local chapter of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO), 1997
  • President, Local chapter of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO), 2001
  • The State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • ABOTA National Board Representative, 2017 to 2020
  • American Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, Trial Advocacy
  • Visiting Lecturer at Baylor College's MBA Program
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President and Board Member of the Park Civic Association
  • The Briar Club - Membership Committee
  • President and Board Member of the Neartown Association
  • Wayland Academy Board of Trustees, 2012
  • Board Member, Neartown Community Development Corporation
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Texas Governor's Award - Positive Interaction Program - Houston Police Department
  • President's Circle Award - Young Entrepreneur's Organization
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Young Entrepreneur's Organization, 2001
Representative Clients:
  • Pac Sun, Inc.
  • Ric Campo, CEO - Camden Property Trust
  • CHR Solutions, Inc.
  • Arcoa Capital Partners
  • Orion Healthcare
  • Transwestern
  • Cordua Restaurant Group
  • Maurice Taylor, NBA Veteran
  • Alfred Moran, The Moran Group
  • Catapult Systems
  • Macy's
  • Zales Corporation
  • Robert Horry, Seven time NBA Champion
  • TRIAD Resources
  • RMI
  • Michaels
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas, at Austin, BA in English, 1987
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.  Studies Abroad - Florence, Italy
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Plaintiff Verdict for $4MM in past royalty interest in Linker Field, and 25% ongoing interest in same. , 2013
  • $1.0 Million Dollar Settlement during the first week of trial against the Operating partner of a hotel management business on behalf of two minority shareholders. Mr. Patterson was part of the trial team, 2011
  • Defense Verdict: CORSA v EPT: CORSA sued EPT for breach of contract for $57 Million dollars alleging EPT's shipping containers were faulty resulting in a hazardous chemical spill.  The Jury found for Patterson's client and awarded nothing, 2012
  • Reversal of $62 Million Dollar Judgment against Patterson's client in Federal District Court. The Fifth Circuit reversed and reminded the Trial Judge's decision only days after Patterson's argument to the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, 2012
  • $1.4 Million Verdict against the City of Tomball.  Wrongful termination and the first successful verdict under the new Whistleblower statute.  Patterson represented a wrongfully terminated Sheriff.  Lead Counsel
  • $1.4 Million Verdict against the City of Houston.  Withstood multiple motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment predicated on immunity and the Texas Tort Claims Act.  Case dealt with the death of two minors in a fire when HFD could not utilize a pumper truck because of a faulty fuse.  Lead Counsel, 1999
  • $2.7 Million Arbitration Award against Majority Shareholder and Company in a minority shareholder oppression suit. This matter was Arbitrated in Los Angeles, California. Lead Counsel
  • Tedford v Weaver: Weaver made a claim on a Note against Tedford for $1 Million Dollars. Tedford (Patterson's client) sued for Fraud to invalidate the Note and recover all costs and fees related to the litigation.  In the fourth day of trial, after the Plaintiff rested, Weaver agreed to a Confidential Settlement, 2012
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law; Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law; Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998
  • Patterson was selected to the Super Lawyer Top 100 List - Houston for second time., Texas Monthly Super Lawyer - Top 100 List, 2019
  • , Texas Super Lawyer Top 100 Houston, Texas Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Patterson was selected to the Super Lawyer Top 100 List for the third time. , Texas Monthly Super Lawyer - Top 100 List, 2020
  • AV "Preeminent" Rated Attorney - Martindale Hubbell - 10 Straight Years
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • YEO - Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer - Top 100 List, 2016
  • Texas Monthly "Super Lawyer", 12 straight Years
  • National Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Register's Who's Who, Multiple Years
Industry Groups:
  • Banking
  • General Business
  • Oil
  • Staffing

Office location for Pete T. Patterson

4309 Yoakum Boulevard, Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-804-9318


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