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Patrick Ellis

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."

Thomas A. Edison

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Key Service Areas

  • Defense of Physicians and Professionals
  • Insurance Defense

616.233.5208

legal assistant - Vicky Brogger

About Patrick

What type of clients do you serve?

I counsel and defend health care professionals and institutions in complex medical malpractice actions. I have the great fortune of serving physicians, nurses, physicians assistants, and other professionals in almost every medical specialty. Working with and learning from these clients as we defend a case together has and will always be one of the great joys of my practice.

What is the most important advice that you have given a client?

The most important advice I give clients is, "Call me." It sounds simple but, I can not begin to explain the importance of this little piece of advice. Malpractice cases are complex in terms of the medical and legal issues involved. They can also be emotionally trying for a healthcare provider who takes pride in providing the best of care to his patients. I understand both the issues and the emotions and want my clients to know what to expect each step of the way. Plus, a solid defense must be crafted as a team. Both are possible with consistent communication.

What has been the most exciting news you have had to deliver to a client?

There is no better news to deliver to a client than, "Your case has been dismissed!" Nothing else comes close.

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 2004

Kalamazoo College, B.A., Philosophy and Sociology, 2001

Insights

Michigan Appeals Blog

(September 22, 2016) Ordinary medical malpractice suits must be commenced within two years of the event at issue or six months after...

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Q: If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be?

A:

I’d play shortstop for the Tigers. Or, write for Rolling Stone. What two cooler jobs could there be.

Patrick presents to various medical and legal professional groups regarding the intricacies of medical malpractice cases.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Society of Hospital Risk Management, Member

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Awards and Recognition

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology: CALI Award Recipient - Secured Transactions

Kalamazoo College: Hodge Prize - Philosophy Award; Deans List; Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Honor Roll Athlete and All-Conference Honorable Mention