Patrick Preston represents clients facing governmental investigations and regulatory compliance issues, for criminal defense matters, and in complex litigation.
He provides aggressive, responsive, and compassionate representation to assess and manage risks, protect and advance legal rights and reputational interests, and achieve the best possible outcomes.
As a member of McKay Chadwell with more than 20 years of experience, Patrick represents business, legal and medical professionals, healthcare entities, witnesses, subjects, and targets of criminal investigations, and individuals harmed by governmental action. He champions clients who have limited court experience, and he has a personal interest in civil rights issues and open records advocacy, special education services, and police misconduct reform.
Patrick’s cases often involve the U.S. Department of Justice, local U.S. Attorney’s Office, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, legal and medical disciplinary authorities, and county and city prosecuting attorney offices. He represents clients for all aspects of civil litigation, criminal prosecutions and regulatory proceedings, including grand jury appearances, motion hearings, trials, and appeals. Outside the courtroom setting, he performs corporate internal investigations and business ethics program assessments.
Patrick has tried dozens of cases to successful verdicts and prevailed in numerous appeals, including before the Washington State Supreme Court. He is a former deputy prosecutor for the late King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng and served as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge David E. Wilson in Seattle.