Patrick D. McKevitt

Patrick D. McKevitt

ASSOCIATE
pmckevitt@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 410.347.9447
F: 410.223.3498



Mr. McKevitt’s practice focuses on construction litigation, business litigation, insurance defense and coverage disputes, products liability defense, and class action defense. He has successfully represented large and small clients through all phases of the litigation process, including conducting fact and expert witness depositions, resolving discovery disputes, and drafting and arguing dispositive motions.  Mr. McKevitt has tried several cases to verdict in both bench and jury trials in state and federal court, and has prosecuted and defended appeals in state and federal appellate courts.  He has served as local counsel for major law firms in a variety of civil litigation matters, including construction litigation, shareholder class actions, and enforcement of arbitration provisions and foreign judgments.  Before joining the firm, Mr. McKevitt clerked for the Honorable Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Recognitions

  • Named a Constuction Litigation "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2018 
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: American Bar Association
  • Member: Howard County Bar Association
  • Member: Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member: Defense Research Institute
  • Member: Maryland Defense Counsel
  • Member: Maryland Waterfowler’s Association
  • Member: Coastal Conservation Association

Construction Litigation

  • Defense of national gas distribution, transmission pipeline, and utility contractor for alleged civil rights and breach of contract
  • Representation of national commercial builder in multimillion dollar breach of contract and tort action against design/builder and owner
 

Business Litigation

  • Representation of national consumer credit counseling provider in class action litigation in trial court and in the Fourth Circuit
  • Ongoing representation of integrator of wireless telecommunications equipment and manufacturer of mobile switching centers in international contract dispute
  • Successful trial verdict for member of an LLC in contribution action against other member to recover personal funds used to satisfy LLC’s
 

Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation

  • Defense of nationwide consumer class arbitration proceedings and related judicial review proceedings involving alleged violations of the federal Credit Repair Organizations Act, the RICO statute, and state consumer fraud statutes
  • Drafted portion of opposition to proposed consolidation of 3000+ personal injury cases on behalf of international chemical company
 

Products Liability, Toxic Exposure & Environmental Litigation

  • Currently representing chemical company in multiple asbestos products liability cases pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and the District of Columbia Superior Court
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of ingredient supplier in an action brought by the ex-wife based on the ex-husband’s alleged "take home" exposure to asbestos through his work clothing, arguing successfully that the husband was not in the “same place at the same time” as any asbestos for which ingredient supplier was responsible
  • Defense of $3 billion suit against fuel company alleging contamination of residential well water
 

Insurance Coverage & Defense Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of construction subcontractor in worksite injury action against general contractor
  • Insurer representation with regard to coverage analysis and opinion letters
  • Representation of a bar and restaurant against negligence and intentional tort claims arising out of wrongful death claim brought by family members of a patron
 

White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Representation of health care providers in responding to and defending against inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions by various regulatory agencies
 

Civil Rights and Associated Tort Litigation

  • Representation of police officers in cases involving civil rights and associated tort claims in Maryland state and Federal courts, including successful results in motions and jury trials
 

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representation of national shopping mall owners in landlord/tenant and other commercial lease-related disputes
 

Appellate Practice

  • Member of firm’s appellate practice committee
  • Representation of consumer credit counseling provider in appeals in United States Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit
  • Representation of chemical company in asbestos products liability cases in the Court of Special Appeals
  • Representation of  national gas distribution, transmission pipeline, and utility contractor awarded summary judgment in trial court
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author: "Amendment to Rule 2-231," The Defense Line, a publication from the Maryland Defense Counsel, June 2019

Author: "Dealing with the Inevitable: Practical Considerations in Defending Merger Objection Lawsuits," For the Defense, October 2013

ARTICLES

Dealing with the Inevitable: Practical Considerations in Defending Merger Objection Lawsuits

Identifying, evaluating, and acting on potential merger & acquisition (M & A) deals is one of a director’s most challenging responsibilities. The process involves complex valuation and market analysis, high-stakes negotiations, input from independent legal and financial advisors, and ultimately, deciding whether a deal is in the shareholders’ best interests. Industry observers lament that after all of this work on behalf of their firms and shareholders, directors of target companies are “routinely rewarded for this huge commitment by being sued.”


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