Jeffrey S. Patterson


Jeff joined the firm soon after its inception and became its first new partner. He began his career participating in a major investigation for an auto manufacturer in order to prepare its defense for an anticipated wave of litigation. Over the years, he has served in a first-chair capacity in numerous trials all over Texas and Arkansas, and has managed cases to resolution in many other states. He has served as Associate Liaison at the firm, training and evaluating new associates, and he continues to teach in-house and external CLE courses, specializing in the art of voir dire, the preparation of foreign and domestic corporate representatives and the ethics and efficiencies of time-keeping. Jeff’s practice has expanded in recent years to commercial and patent litigation, primarily in the Eastern District of Texas where he grew up. Jeff served as the firm’s managing partner from 2011 to 2018.

Telephone: 214.346.3701
Fax: 214.267.4201
8750 N. Central Expy.
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75231

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    University of Virginia, J.D. 1988
    University of Dallas, M.A. (cum laude) 1983
    University of Dallas, B.A. (cum laude) 1982
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Honors & Awards
    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
    Texas Super Lawyers® by Thompson Reuters (2009-2017)
    • Selected for inclusion in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" (2011-2018)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. (2015-2019)

"My job is to make my client’s job easier."

Snow, Cycles & Snakes

When he’s not successfully representing Hartline Barger’s clients, Jeff can be found on the ski slopes or touring around on one of his motorcycles, including a bike used as an exemplar in a recent trial. Every March, Jeff and some doctors head out to West Texas for the Rattlesnake Roundup, where they camp, drink, shoot, tell stories and occasionally hunt snakes. Catch and release only.