Patrick J. Bernal

pjb@wittenetal.com

Civil litigation and administrative practice; insurance coverage disputes; employment and discrimination law; personal injury claims; contracts and civil practice; qui tam claims.

Education: Colby College (B.A. magna cum laude); Boston College Law School (J.D.). Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest—Managing Editor.

Court admissions: Admitted to practice before all Vermont and New York courts; United States District Courts: District of Vermont, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional positions: Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Patrick was an Associate at a law firm in downtown Manhattan, where he represented insurance carriers in connection with complex, large-exposure claims involving environmental contamination, mass tort litigation, as well as construction-related liabilities.

Recent cases: In October 2014, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a trial judgment in favor of Patrick's municipal client in a complex insurance-coverage case. The Court agreed with the firm that the town's insurer was required to cover the full value of money embezzled from the town by its former treasurer, including the interest that the town had lost from being deprived of its money for many years. Supreme Court decision here. Patrick's brief here.

In December 2013, Patrick second-seated a trial, at which a Vermont Superior Court jury awarded a verdict of $1 million to the firm's clients in an appeal of an eminent domain taking by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB). The PSB had awarded only $25,000. Press story here.

Personal interests: Running, reading, outdoor sports, and community service.