Patrick Gorman


TEL: 602.263.1758
FAX: 602.200.7599
Legal Assistant: Nancy Rogitz

Patrick Gorman concentrates his practice in the areas of bad faith and extra-contractual liability, insurance coverage, professional liability and other general civil litigation matters. In his practice, he represents large insurers in bad faith and breach of contract claims, often with allegations of punitive damages, through all phases of litigation in state and federal court. Patrick also represents attorneys, insurance brokers, and accountants in professional malpractice claims. 

Over the last two years, Patrick has developed an expertise in representing schools, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations in cases arising out of Arizona House Bill 2466 (2019), which modified the statute of limitations for claims of sexual abuse against minors. He has litigated these cases in both state and federal court, developing key arguments on the interpretation of the law.

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick served as a law clerk for a United States Senator on the Judiciary Committee, legal extern for the Honorable Paul G. Rosenblatt at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and law clerk for the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office in Red Wing, Minnesota. 

  • Obtained summary judgment for numerous insurance carriers in bad faith claims arising out of denials of claims. These include claims under both personal and commercial policies.
  • Lakridis V. Holly Udy-Meekin, et al. – Arizona Court of Appeals affirms trial court’s dismissal for JSH clients in personal injury case.
  • Empire Talent & Modeling v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company – Obtained summary judgment on bad faith claim and punitive damages, and received a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client on breach of contract “reasonable expectations” claim for insurer arising out of the denial of the alleged loss of talent portfolios stored on multimedia.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of commercial insurer on punitive damage and breach of contract claims arising out of a large water loss at a dental office.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2022-Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Steering Committee
    • Annual Seminar Committee, Vice Chair, 2017-2017
    • Marketing Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair, 2015-2017
    • Social Media Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair, 2013-2015
    • Legislative Liaison, 2012-2013
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Civic & Community Associations

  • Papago Men’s Golf Club Association, Board Member and Tournament Committee Chair, 2014-2016

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Insurance, 2023-2024
  • Southwest Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, 2022-2023

Presentations & Publications


Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
William H. Pedrick Scholar
Order of Barristers
Editor, Jurimetrics
The ABA Journal of Law, Science, and Technology
Executive Moot Court Board
AADC Oplinger Closing Argument Competition

Arizona State University, B.A., Geography , summa cum laude, 2008,  B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2008
Phi Beta Kappa
Ray Henkel Scholarship Award


Arizona, 2011 
United States District Court of Arizona, 2011