Attorney Patrick J. Walbridge

Patrick J. Walbridge

patrick.walbridge@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-7156
F: 248-351-7157

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Patrick’s practice focuses on first- and third-party automobile defense, premises liability actions and product liability matters. Prior to joining the firm, Patrick gained extensive experience in defending a wide range of matters, including his current areas of focus as well as breach of contract and negligence.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

General & Automotive Liability


EDUCATION

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
(J.D. magna cum laude, 2014)

Michigan State University
(B.A. 2011)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Book Awards in Contracts; Applied Legal Theory and Analysis; Commercial Real Estate; Advising Entrepreneurs in a Small Business Start-Up; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure

Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Detroit Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (Past Executive Editor)


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Obtained summary disposition on a third-party auto negligence claim, based on the plaintiff’s failure to prove that they suffered an objectively manifested impairment of an important body function. The Court agreed that the medical records relied on by the plaintiff only demonstrated subjective complaints, which were insufficient to meet the serious impairment threshold imposed by the Michigan No-Fault Act. (April 2018)

Won summary disposition on behalf of automobile insurance company in a case where medical providers submitted assignments purporting to transfer their patient’s right to collect PIP benefits from two companies that were not Defendant. The Court that the assignments could not be construed as transferring any cause of action against Defendant that the patient might have possessed. (December 2017)

Won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court for a restaurant in an implied warranty and food safety act claim arising out of dental injuries allegedly sustained from a foreign object in a salad. (October 2017)

Won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court for a hotel in a case arising out of a slip and fall on water at a wedding reception. (September 2017)

Obtained summary disposition on behalf of a no-fault insurer in a subrogation claim for damage to a motorized wheelchair. In a question of first impression in Michigan, the Court agreed with the Defendant that the wheelchair was considered a “prosthetic device” under Michigan’s No-Fault Act, and was therefore compensable as a personal injury protection benefit. Plaintiff’s subrogation claim was dismissed with prejudice. (September 2017)


PUBLICATIONS

Patrick Walbridge, A Lack of Transparency:  How the FEC Made a Mandatory Election Spending Disclosure Scheme Voluntary, 91 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 149 (2014)