Patrick T. Lewis

Partner

Cleveland
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Patrick Lewis represents clients in high-stakes litigation, with emphases on commercial litigation and class action defense. In addition, he regularly represents financial institutions and other secured creditors in bankruptcy, receivership and related proceedings. Leveraging his knowledge of the financial services industry, Patrick defines the issues facing his clients early on and maintains a practical, outcome-oriented approach throughout litigation. Patrick is also an experienced appellate advocate and has represented clients before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit and other appellate courts.

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  • Defending a major bank in litigation involving several tort and equitable claims brought by another lender in the aftermath of a nearly $10 million commercial loan refinance gone sour. Claims involved equitable subrogation, negligent misrepresentation, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment – all predicated on the plaintiff's allegation that a loan officer orally agreed to release a multimillion-dollar mortgage on land as part of a refinance of other debt.
  • Successfully defended on appeal the dismissal of a multistate class action checking overdraft lawsuit challenging a bank client's policy of electronically sequencing debits and credits from the largest to the smallest amounts. The plaintiffs' claims, brought under Ohio common law and the Expedited Funds Availability Act, were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Representing a credit life insurance company in putative multistate class action litigation arising out of challenges to the carrier's claims handling practices.
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Experience

  • Defending a major bank in litigation involving several tort and equitable claims brought by another lender in the aftermath of a nearly $10 million commercial loan refinance gone sour. Claims involved equitable subrogation, negligent misrepresentation, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment – all predicated on the plaintiff's allegation that a loan officer orally agreed to release a multimillion-dollar mortgage on land as part of a refinance of other debt.
  • Successfully defended on appeal the dismissal of a multistate class action checking overdraft lawsuit challenging a bank client's policy of electronically sequencing debits and credits from the largest to the smallest amounts. The plaintiffs' claims, brought under Ohio common law and the Expedited Funds Availability Act, were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Representing a credit life insurance company in putative multistate class action litigation arising out of challenges to the carrier's claims handling practices.
  • Defending Ohio's three largest banks in a putative class action brought by county prosecutors challenging the use of the MERS System and seeking to require lenders to publicly record all residential mortgage assignments in the state of Ohio.
  • Lead counsel to a real estate investor and borrower in high-profile litigation with a lender arising out of a nonrecourse $135 million commercial mortgage-backed security loan used to acquire a multibuilding office portfolio in suburban Cleveland. The lender claimed that the borrower and investor were personally liable for the loan under controversial nonrecourse "carve out" provisions.
  • Represented a secured creditor with a $12 million claim in a complex Chapter 11 proceeding to include defending the client's lien position and securing favorable cash collateral orders and plan treatment; also prosecuted related-party state court foreclosure proceedings in two states. The creditor was repaid nearly in full.

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies: Vice President, Cleveland Chapter

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2004
  • Ohio, 2004

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004, cum laude
  • A.B., Economics and Government, College of William and Mary, 2000; summa cum laude