Patrick directs the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, and works out of the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice focuses on advising highly regulated companies in the healthcare, energy, financial services, retail, transportation, cannabis, and higher education industries. Patrick advocates for clients before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments.
Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Patrick spent seven years at McGuireWoods Consulting where he rose to become the youngest senior vice president in the company’s history. For the past three years (2018-2020), Patrick was named as one of the year’s Top Lobbyists by the publication The Hill in their “Hired Guns” category.
In 2020, Patrick was named to the “40 Under 40” list published by Crain’s Chicago Business, recognizing his professional accomplishments as well as his civic and charitable contributions. In addition, Patrick was honored by the University of Illinois with a 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award – celebrating alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and leadership.
Patrick has spent over a decade working closely with former Indiana governor and United States Senator Evan Bayh, both as a legislative staffer in his U.S. Senate office and then as his top aide and advisor in the private sector at two Am Law 100 firms following his retirement from the Senate in 2011. Prior to his time with Senator Bayh, Patrick served as special assistant to the Director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he focused on external affairs around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In 2009, Patrick was one of only 100 interns chosen to work at the White House during the first summer of the Obama Administration.
Patrick is a native of the Chicago suburbs and earned his bachelor’s degree in international, resource, and consumer economics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he was an Illinois General Assembly scholar. He is a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, participating in local clubs in both Chicago and in Washington, D.C. – counseling students and interns on how to best pursue careers in government and public policy. He also serves on the Junior Board of Catholic Charities and was most recently named to the organization’s Government Relations Executive Board.
Patrick resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife and three children, and is an active parishioner at Saint Petronille Catholic Church.