Patrick Sardino is an experienced litigator and skilled trial attorney who has taken more than 50 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts.
He handles complex litigation, concentrating his practice in the areas of labor, construction defect, medical device litigation involving complex personal injuries, transportation & logistics, environmental law and catastrophic personal injury, including wrongful death and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Since joining Cozen O’Connor in 2013, Patrick has built a national trial practice. He has tried cases and led litigation in more than a dozen states and won victories in some of the nation’s most challenging jurisdictions.
In addition to defending clients in high-stakes disputes, Patrick counsels corporations and government agencies on loss mitigation and assignment and transfer of risk. Through negotiation of contractual terms and indemnification clauses, Patrick often helps clients limit litigation exposure. He lectures frequently on topics related to complex litigation and litigation avoidance strategies.
Patrick spent nearly a decade in government, first as assistant corporation counsel with the City of Syracuse Corporation Counsel’s Office and then as assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Patrick utilizes his governmental experience in his representation of a wide range of public entities, including industrial development corporations and municipal and state-level authorities. In addition, he defended numerous physicians, hospitals and nursing homes in malpractice, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), and discrimination cases throughout upstate New York from discovery through verdict, with an exemplary level of success in both state and federal courts.
Patrick was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University with a major in labor and employment relations and received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, graduating cum laude. He practiced for several years in the NYS Attorney General’s Office, representing health care institutions and medical practitioners in malpractice and negligence cases. As a partner for 13 years at a medium-sized law firm in Syracuse, Patrick continued to represent hospitals, nursing homes, and health care professionals in malpractice, negligence, employment discrimination and officers and directors liability cases. Patrick comes from a well-known family in Syracuse, with his father and cousin both serving as chief of police of the Syracuse Police Department, his uncle serving as a city court/acting supreme court justice and Patrick himself was the youngest person ever elected to citywide office, serving on the common council for several years. He continues to be deeply involved in the Syracuse community.