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Patrick M. Wallace

Partner

Overview

Pat Wallace is a partner at Milberg, where he consistently demonstrates his fearlessness and devotion to his clients. Since joining the firm in 2015, Pat has pioneered new theories of recovery and employed innovative strategies to help his clients achieve access to justice, and has secured $150 million on his cases.

Pat litigates a wide range of complex litigation matters, including class actions, mass torts, and whistleblower actions. Pat is a 2014 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he worked on and argued an appeal before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and honed his litigation skills as part of the American Association for Justice trial team. Pat earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Upon graduating law school, Pat worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Catharine R. Aron, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Leadership Roles

  • 2020: Court appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel for Stewart v. Southwood Realty Company, in the Superior Court Division of the State of North Carolina. Class action case involving unlawful charging of eviction-related fees. Class Counsel reached a settlement for the class valued at over $7 million.
  • 2020: Court appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel for Rush v. NRP, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Class action case involving unlawful charging of eviction-related fees. Status: Class Counsel reached a settlement for the class valued at $425,000.
  • 2020: Court appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel for Hargrove v. Grubb Management, Inc., in the Superior Court Division of the State of North Carolina. Class action case involving unlawful charging of eviction-related fees. Class Counsel reached a settlement for the class valued at $475,000.
  • 2020: Court appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel for Santiago and Thor v. Eternity Floors. Class Action case for members who purchased laminate flooring made in China. Status: settlement pending final approval.

Notable Cases

  • 2019: Trial counsel in jury trial for FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing Practices Litigation, (Cook County Court, Chicago) Case deals with allegedly defective turf sold and marketed by the company and sold nationwide. Status: confidential settlement during trial.
  • 2017: Elliott v. KB Home Raleigh-Durham, in the Superior Court Division of the State of North Carolina. Class action case dealt with new homes constructed without a weather-resistant barrier underneath exterior siding. Status: Settled.
  • 2017: Outer Banks Power Litigation: $10.35 million settlement for residents, businesses, and vacationers on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands who were impacted by a 9-day power outage.  Status: Settled
  • 2017: FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing Practices Litigation, MDL 2779, pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Case deals with allegedly defective turf sold and marketed by the company and sold nationwide. Status: Active.
  • 2017: Smith v. Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Class action case dealt with formaldehyde levels of laminate flooring sold nationwide. Status: Settled. Confidential terms.
  • 2017: In re Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Laminate Flooring Durability Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2743, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Case dealt with laminate flooring sold nationwide that allegedly failed to meet recognized durability standards. Status: Settled.
  • 2016: In re Windsor Windows Wood Clad Window Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2688, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Case dealt with windows sold nationwide that allegedly permitted water intrusion. Status: Settled.

Speaking Engagements 

  • New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance – Business Interruption Insurance, Speaker (June 2020)• New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance – Business Interruption Insurance, Speaker (June 2020)

Publications

  • Class Action Settlements: Using Discovery to Craft Effective Notice Plans – July 2017 – NCAJ Trial Briefs (co-authored with Jeremy R. Williams)

 

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law,
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina,
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina,
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina,
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina,

Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019-2020

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • American Association for Justice, Education Committee (2020-2021)
  • Public Justice Foundation