Patrick Malone is an attorney and patient safety advocate based in Washington, D.C. He and the other attorneys in his law firm, Patrick Malone & Associates PC, represent injured people in lawsuits in the mid-Atlantic region against government agencies, hospitals, other health care providers, insurance companies and other defendants alleged to have caused serious or catastrophic injuries by negligent conduct. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Malone was a journalist, first at United Press International in Kansas City and Boston, and then at the Miami Herald, where he won awards for investigative reporting in the medical field as part of his work as the newspaper’s medical writer. He then attended law school at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, before moving to the Washington area, where he was a law clerk for a well-known federal judge, Gerhard Gesell (whose father Arnold Gesell coincidentally was the founder of the Yale Child Study Center and a pioneer in studying child development). Mr. Malone has been in private practice since 1985 first with a boutique litigation firm and then since 2007 at his own firm a few blocks from the White House.
Mr. Malone and his wife Vicki have three sons. Their youngest, Brendan, has severe autism, and they have learned to be constant advocates for his needs in education and later in housing and day programs. His story about Brendan appears as Chapter One in the book, Up All Night: Practical Wisdom from Mothers and Fathers (Paulist Press 2004), a collection of essays by parents at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Washington, D.C.
Besides being a leading trial lawyer, Mr. Malone is also an author and teacher of effective persuasion skill to trial lawyers across the country. He has written three books for attorneys: The Fearless Cross-Examiner: Win the Witness, Win the Case (Trial Guides 2016), Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with the Rules of the Road Technique (Trial Guides 2012), and (as co-author) Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Guide to Proving Liability (Trial Guides 2006 and 2010). He also wrote a book for consumers: The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care — and Avoiding the Worst (DeCapo Lifelong 2009). Mr. Malone is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, both invitation-only organizations of leading trial lawyers. He is a member of the American Law Institute, an organization of lawyers, judges and legal academics that sponsors scholarly work clarifying and streamlining American common law. Malone has been recognized as a leader in the law by Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers (listed in the “top 100” of the 70,000 members of the D.C. Bar), and The Best Lawyers in America.
In 2018-2019, Malone served as president of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, the national “think tank” of the plaintiffs’ bar which promotes the civil justice system and trial by jury.
He currently serves on the board of Shared Horizons, Inc., a D.C.-based non-profit administrator of pooled special needs trusts for disabled children and adults in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia.
Malone grew up in Wichita, Kansas, the oldest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family. His hobbies include wildlife and landscape photography, writing, reading, bicycling and swimming.