Meet the Team
- Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2021, 2022
- National Trial Lawyers–Top 40 under 40
- Member, Board of Governors, Maryland Association for Justice
- Member, Maryland Association of Justice PAC Board and Amicus Committee
- Co-editor-in-Chief, Trial Reporter, Maryland Association for Justice
- Member, Publications Committee, American Association for Justice
Patrick Thronson has a national practice focused on representing victims of birth injuries and other preventable medical errors, survivors of sexual abuse, and consumers harmed by fraud or other misconduct. He has been responsible for the day-to-day management of numerous cases that have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured victims. Patrick has extensive courtroom experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, as well as in arguing numerous dispositive and discovery motions. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions, and has undertaken or shared primary responsibility for briefs submitted to numerous state and federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Among numerous complex cases, Patrick had a significant role in representing clients in a federal class action that, along with companion state-court suits, led to the recovery of over $2.7 billion in compensation for South Carolina ratepayers who were the victims of fraud by two public utilities. He serves as class counsel in a certified class action pending in Pennsylvania federal district court that was brought on behalf of victims of fraud and abuse committed by an individual who posed as an obstetrician. In that case, Patrick was responsible for briefing and arguing the motion for class certification. Patrick also serves as class counsel in a certified federal class action pending in Ohio brought on behalf of victims of groundwater and soil contamination.
Patrick is admitted to practice in state and federal district courts in Illinois, Maryland, and Minnesota, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits. He has been specially admitted to represent clients in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Patrick has undertaken leadership roles in the trial lawyer community. He serves as a member of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) Board of Governors, Political Action Committee, and Amicus Committee. He also is the co-editor-in-chief of Trial Reporter, MAJ’s legal journal.
During law school, Patrick served as editor-in-chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He worked as a student attorney for the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic, where he helped victims obtain lawful immigration status and assisted in scholarly publications. Patrick received the Cason Scholarship (academic award) and the Sarah Honigman Memorial Award (as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law Reform).
Prior to joining Janet, Janet & Suggs, Patrick served as communications director and speechwriter for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, and as a founding board member and donor/community relations officer for Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain. He consulted independently for nonprofit corporations, law firms, and local and statewide political campaigns. Patrick also served on the boards of directors of the Madeleine Choir School and the Utah Cultural Alliance.
- University of Michigan, J.D., 2013
- Harvard University, B.A. (philosophy, magna cum laude), 2005
- United States District Courts for the Districts of Maryland and Minnesota and the Northern District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits
- "How Greater Use of Issue Class Certification Can Bring Justice to Plaintiffs," Reuters (Nov. 2021) (with Brent Ceryes)
- "The Alarming Increase in Maternal Mortality in the United States and Its Disproportionate Impact on People of Color and People Living in Poverty," Trial Reporter (Special Issue 2019)
- "The Coming Assault on Access to Justice for Federally Insured Victims of Medical Errors," Trial Reporter (Special Issue 2018)
- "Continued Presence: New Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking Pursuing Civil Actions," Trial Reporter (Fall 2017)
- "Rising Seas, Rising Suits: Juliana v. United States and Emerging Liability for Carbon Pollution," Trial Reporter (Fall 2016)
- "Offers of Judgment under Maryland and Federal Law: Carrots and Sticks in Prodding Settlement," Trial Reporter (Summer 2016)
- "Gold Mine or Fool’s Gold? Assessing Audit Trail Integrity," AAJ Professional Negligence Newsletter (Jan. 2015)
- "“Homeward” Bound? Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Personal Jurisdiction," Trial Reporter (Special Issue 2015)
- "Achieving Climate Protection: Fostering an Essential Focus on Human Rights and Human Impacts," 27 NOTRE DAME J.L. ETHICS & PUB. POLICY 3, 3 (2013) (with Rocky Anderson)
- "Toward Comprehensive Reform of America’s Emergency Law Regime," 46 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 349, 737 (2013)
- Medical Records and Audit Trails: Gold Mine or Fool’s Gold?, Utah Association for Justice Annual Convention (2020) (with Charles Thronson)
- Achieving Climate Protection: Fostering an Essential Focus on Human Rights and Human Impacts, Notre Dame Symposium for Green Technology and Infrastructure (2013) (with Rocky Anderson)