Attorney Spotlight: Patrick Donathen


Why did you become a lawyer?

I always joke that I was destined to become a lawyer because I was raised by one (my dad); so, from a very young age I was already answering “yes or no” questions as “it depends.” But in all seriousness, I became a lawyer because I am very analytical, like to debate, and love to learn. Outside of the law, there are very few professions that allow you to do all three every day.

Most memorable court room experience?

My first oral argument is my most memorable court room experience because of its unusual circumstances. I was arguing our brief in opposition to a defendant’s preliminary objections in state court, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the argument was over zoom. So instead of going to court, there I was, in my office, doing a court argument in a blazer and jeans. Very few attorneys can say they did their first oral argument in jeans!

What are 3 things you couldn’t survive without?

My family, coffee (lots of coffee), and a nice glass of bourbon.

Favorite Musician or Band?

This is a tough one. But according to Spotify, it’s Taylor Swift.

Favorite thing to do on the weekend?

After a long week at the office, I like to unwind by cooking with my girlfriend, binge watching a T.V. show, spending time outside (golfing, running, or hiking), and (if it’s football season) watching the Buffalo Bills with a fresh bowl of chicken wing dip.

How long have you been an Attorney at Lynch Carpenter?

I have been with the firm since the summer of 2020. I began as a summer associate in 2020, worked as a law clerk during my final year of law school, and began as a full-time associate in the fall of 2021.

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