Patrick Daugherty is an experienced litigator who has helped clients navigate both simple and complex litigation cases involving a variety of industries across the country.  He focuses on all phases of civil and administrative litigation and has counseled companies facing inquiries from a variety of government agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement.  Patrick has also prepared client witnesses, ranging from front-line employees to CEOs, to give depositions and testimony.  Patrick is also well versed in new litigation technology, having managed e-discovery in complex cases and streamlined document review by utilizing predictive coding.

Most recently, Patrick has worked with Native American Tribes and with tribal regulators pursuing economic development opportunities on tribal land, including representing a major Native American trade association in filing amicus briefs advocating on behalf of tribal economic development.

Patrick also has experience assisting clients with conducting internal investigations and audits, including supporting established power marketers and natural gas traders with internal audits to ensure compliance with FERC rules and regulations, including the prohibition on market manipulation.  Patrick also helps smaller companies in drafting and implementing their first FERC compliance programs.

Patrick previously served as a prosecutor in the White Collar Fraud unit of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, where he successfully tried more than a dozen jury trials. He also prepared successful appellate briefs defending convictions and other trial court decisions.

Patrick’s pro bono clients have included a non-profit focused on providing educational opportunities in American Indian communities, foster parents in contested adoption proceedings, and veterans seeking reasonable accommodations for their service animals.

At the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Patrick was a Webster Society Scholar and an associate editor on the Journal of Law and Policy.

Patrick is the Co-Coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Litigation and Investigations Practice and serves as the firm's Pro Bono Co-Coordinator.


Washington University School of Law J.D., 2007

American University B.A., summa cum laude, 2003