Patrick Lawler, a partner of the firm and member of the Commercial Lending Practice Group, is a seasoned business lawyer with an exceptional array of transactional and advisory experience, particularly in finance. With more than 20 years of experience at large international law firms, Patrick is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of banking and finance based on his impressive transactional track record. Patrick’s extensive experience has made him a valued legal resource for major and middle market domestic and international clients.

Patrick represents banks, funds and operating companies in a wide range of leveraged and corporate finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border acquisition finance, asset-based lending facilities, project and equipment financings, structured financings, operating and capital leases, and restructurings.

At ease with the most technically demanding of projects, Patrick has guided clients through the legal complexities of billions of dollars of often large-scale but usually middle market, multijurisdictional transactions. He regularly advises on all aspects of deal structure, negotiation, and documentation, including the negotiation of intercreditor relationships among senior and junior creditors.

I have played soccer since I was seven years old, including playing goalkeeper on the Stanford team.  I continue to play soccer on a men’s competitive team, in a league with mostly college players and some professionals (including US National Team coach and German international, Jurgen Klinsmann). 

Once a year my college team gets together in Las Vegas for a tournament, which really is a war of attrition, injuries and nightlife taking their toll.  A couple of years ago we won it all (for our age group). I am #20 in the middle.


  • University of Chicago, J.D., 1992: National Merit Scholarship
  • Stanford University, A.B., Classical Studies, 1989: honors and distinction; Phi Beta Kappa; Recipient: Classics Undergraduate Scholarship; Fairclough Prize; Andersen Prize