Patrick Malone is a leading patient safety advocate and attorney who represents seriously injured people in medical malpractice lawsuits, product liability cases and other types of lawsuits. Mr. Malone has won a long string of exceptional verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He is the co-author of an acclaimed book teaching other attorneys how to win cases: Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff’ Lawyer’s Guide to Proving Liability.
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The Life You Save
Mr. Malone frequently is invited to give educational lectures to lawyer groups around the country and also speaks publicly to patients and health care providers about improving the safety of our health care system. He is a member of several prestigious invitation-only lawyer societies, including the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. Patrick Malone has been recognized as a leader in the field by the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, and the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America. In the Washington Super Lawyers, he has repeatedly been listed in the top 100 (of 70,000 lawyers in private practice in the D.C. Bar).
Attorney Malone appeared on the Today Show to discuss his book for patients, The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care – and Avoiding the Worst.
Mr. Malone serves on the boards of several non-profits devoted to helping children and adults with life-changing disabilities. These organizations include:
- Shared Horizons, which administers special needs trusts that help people with disabilities preserve their rights to public benefits and obtain access to supplemental services through trusts, while preserving their finances. Shared Horizons has clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia.
- Family Voices, a national advocacy group of families and friends of children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs. Family Voices has a network of organizations that work to improve children’s health care services by putting families at the heart of the process.
- Catholic Disability Foundation, which supports the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. NCPD promotes the inclusion and participation of all persons with disabilities in the life of the Church and society.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia, 1986
- Maryland, 1985
- Virginia, 1986
Attorney Malone’s Story
Patrick Malone is a son of the Midwest. He grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Wichita, Kansas, the oldest of seven children. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kansas, he worked as a reporter for United Press International in Kansas City, then won a prestigious journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he studied public health issues and wrote freelance articles for the Washington Post. Malone then worked as a medical writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, where he won a number of awards, including a finalist designation for the Pulitzer Prize for a series co-authored on “dangerous doctors.”
After he was accepted at Yale Law School, Malone and his wife Vicki sold their home in Miami and moved to a rental apartment in New Haven, Connecticut with their infant son. They had one more son while at Yale and a third after moving to the Washington area. At Yale, Malone won several student awards, including best “moot court” argument. He worked for a year after graduating for a prominent federal judge, U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell in Washington, D.C. In 1985, Patrick Malone began his career as an attorney representing seriously injured people.
One experience that has brought Mr. Malone closer to his clients’ disabilities is his own work raising his autistic son Brendan. His story about Brendan appears as Chapter One in the book, Up All Night: Practical Wisdom from Mothers and Fathers, a collection of essays by parents at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the chapter at Amazon.com.