Patrick Fang practices law with a foot in two interrelated kinds of law practice. While the procedures, subject matter, and day-to-day work differ, the fundamental qualities he brings to his work as a construction law attorney do not. His focus on organization and resolving the issue at hand allows his clients to accomplish their ultimate goal: getting things built.
One significant portion of Patrick’s practice is litigating disputes for design professionals, including large, complex, multiparty cases. In these matters, Patrick is typically responsible for an enormous amount of written discovery, correspondence, and coordination with co-defendants and claimants, as well as leading depositions, drafting pleadings and motions, and conducting research and document review.
This work requires, above all, hands-on expertise in the minutiae of discovery procedures in every jurisdiction where these disputes arise. It also requires the exercise of diplomacy, tact, and collegiality on a black-belt level. The construction law bar is relatively small; attorneys become judges, and the person who asks you for an extension today may be the one you’re requesting an extension from tomorrow. By balancing his writing with negotiation and skill, Patrick makes sure that each case’s necessary information is precisely where it’s needed. This includes facility with a range of eDiscovery technology platforms—one of Patrick’s particular skills.
Patrick also devotes a considerable amount of time and attention to resolving lien and bond claims, payment disputes, and closeout issues. Unlike his work with design professionals, these topics typically arise while a project is underway. The goal is to expedite payment and closeout issues as quickly and smoothly as possible under reasonable terms. The longer these issues fester, the more difficult it becomes to resolve the dispute without a lengthy litigation campaign.
As with written discovery, working out these issues requires enormous amounts of communication—correspondence, phone calls, discussion, and negotiation. It also requires a great deal of organizational skill and a special form of quasi-accounting needed to develop accurate and informative damage models so the parties can negotiate based on the relevant facts and figures. Sometimes, the only way to negotiate and ultimately resolve a closeout dispute is a detailed spreadsheet backed by data, research, and facts. Patrick distills order out of the complexity of a construction project and allows negotiations to be conducted on the true facts of the case.
In his spare time, Patrick enjoys gardening, hiking, hanging out with his friends (and his dog, Penny Lane), and has begun taking guitar lessons. By his own admission, he’s no Hendrix. Yet.
- State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section | Member (2018-Present)
- Austin Bar Association, Construction Law Section | Member (2018-Present)
- Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association | Member (2018-Present)
J.D., Baylor University School of Law (2018)
- Baylor Law Review: Technical Editor (2017-2018); Associate Editor (2016-2017)
- Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship: Scholarship Recipient (2015-2018)
- Baylor Environmental & Energy Law Society: Secretary (2017-2018)
- Dean’s List (Fall 2016, Winter 2016 and 2017)
- B.A., University of Texas at Dallas (2015)
- John Marshall Pre-Law Society: Member (2013-2015)
- UT Dallas Community Gardener: Volunteer (2012-2015)
Licenses & Certifications
- Supreme Court of Texas
- Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas