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Patrick J. Kearns

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Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
401 W A ST STE 1900
San Diego, CA 92101-7908
(619) 321-6200
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Patrick serves as the Regional Managing Partner for the San Diego office of Wilson Elser and specializes in defending Aviation matters. Patrick’s practice focuses on the defense of helicopter operators, major airlines, and related entities in complex aviation cases. Patrick’s practice also includes the defense of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and health care professionals in malpractice and licensing claims; as well as the defending complex product liability claims.

Patrick has successfully tried multiple cases to jury verdict and has also experience in defending appellate matters, having successfully handled appeals in the California State Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Circuit; he currently has three published decisions spanning State and Federal Courts of appeal.

Patrick is an active member of the legal community, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; he was the 2018 President of the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association; and is a past-chair of the San Diego County Bar Legal Ethics Committee. Patrick frequently speaks to professional groups on issues of legal ethics.

Patrick’s ability to recognize issues quickly and develop a strategy is a great asset in handling complex technical aviation cases, some stemming from high-profile air disasters in which hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. His experience in e-discovery issues is particularly valuable when representing airlines, product manufacturers and general aviation entities in claims and litigation, including insurance, reinsurance and subrogation. Patrick's representative experience includes defending a major airline in a claimed brain damage case; defense of tour helicopter operators in wrongful death cases stemming from crashes; defending military contractors in a fatal helicopter accident; as well as a variety of general liability claims involving national air carriers.

Specialties: Civil litigation, trial, civil defense, aviation defense, Medical defense, business defense, appeals
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Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP is a full-service firm with clients in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Domestically, we are ranked among the top law firms identified by The American Lawyer and listed in the "Top 50" by The National Law Journal For more than 25 years, we have provided our clients with a full range of experienced and innovative legal services. We have successfully grown in response to the emerging needs of both long-term and new clients. At Wilson Elser, we offer clients a strong national presence, with offices in 20 cities across the United States. The firm provides international scope through its network of affiliate firms in France, Germany and Mexico. The lawyers of Wilson Elser enjoy a strong reputation among judges and fellow lawyers in each of their respective markets. Dedicated to providing experienced and cost effective client representation, our lawyers also participate in a variety of local, national and international legal organizations that set the standards for the profession. In addition to being recognized as leaders in today's legal profession, some of our lawyers are experienced accountants, architects, former judges, engineers, former nurse practioners and other medical professionals. This experience provides Wilson Elser lawyers with valuable credibility when they are called upon to appear in all courts. With state-of-the-art support systems and technology at their disposal, Wilson Elser lawyers provide timely and efficient legal solutions to all clients. Our network of offices enables individual lawyers to draw upon a wide range of resources and talent with deep experience in specific industries, legal issues, and practice areas. To better support this effort, our firm is organized into practice groups that strive to meet the needs of our clients in an ever-changing legal environment. Using the resources of a large firm, our attorneys develop client-oriented strategies that provide clients with the best possible accommodation to complex legal matters. © 2008 Wilson Elser

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Practice Areas
Aviation Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Professional Liability
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