In state and federal courts across the United States, Patrick K.A. Elkins represents clients in matters involving environmental law, insurance recovery litigation, product liability, toxic torts, and general commercial litigation. His complex commercial litigation experience includes cases involving groundwater contamination, oil spills, insurance recovery, and contract disputes. Patrick also handles compliance investigations, responds to third-party subpoenas, and defends corporations in product liability and premises defense matters relating to energy and the life sciences.
Patrick served as vice-chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the firm’s Houston office. His pro bono work includes representing clients in matters involving veterans benefits, immigration, family law, and child advocacy concerns.
Member of the trial team for an oil field services company in the Deepwater Horizon matter.
Serving as insurance recovery counsel for an oil field services company in connection with claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon litigation.
Representing an oil field company in connection with all aspects of groundwater contamination site, including representation in litigation, development of remediation strategies, negotiations with previous site owner, and supervision of environmental consulting firm on continued monitoring of site.
Representing a chemical corporation in a bankruptcy proceeding involving claims regarding responsibility for cleanup of environmental contamination and safe shut down of a chemical facility.
Representing a title insurance company in lawsuit against a fidelity bond issuer regarding claims of fraud arising out of title insurance policies issued by the agent of the client.
Represented a chemical corporation in insurance recovery matter involving claims arising from tornado damage.
Defending numerous corporations in asbestos and other toxic tort cases, including successfully arguing motions for summary judgment, attending depositions of plaintiffs, conducting motions practice, and drafting petitions for writ of mandamus and responses thereto.
Representing numerous corporations in all aspects of insurance recovery arising from product liability claims, including forensic search related to historic insurance policies investigation of corporate histories, and briefing on motions for summary judgment.
Defending medical device and pharmaceutical companies in connection with products liability claims in matter ranging from individual plaintiff cases to multidistrict litigation.
Defending an international shipping company in arbitration proceeding against railroad company arising from a train derailment.
University of Houston Law Center, 2004, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
University of Michigan, 2001, B.F.A.
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
Awards and Affiliations
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Texas Young Lawyer Association
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
Listed, "Texas Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition," Texas Monthly and Law & Politics (2007–2010)
Listed, “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” H-Texas Magazine (2009)