Brad Patrick is civil litigator and general counsel specializing in technology, although his experience over more than twenty five years of practice reflects a wide range of other types of matters. Mr. Patrick served as interim Executive Director and the first General Counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization which runs Wikipedia, one of the top websites in the world. He opened the Law Offices of Bradford A. Patrick on July 1, 2010.
Brad has a wealth of experience handling civil litigation matters in the fields of intellectual property, internet law, software and computer issues, technology licensing, free speech, bit torrent defense, complex tort litigation, construction defect defense, long-term care facility defense, and many other areas. His prior employment includes AV-rated law firms in Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida. He previously held positions in state government and with a publicly traded international software company. For many years, Brad has been counsel to Triton Submarines, the most advanced submersible manufacturer in the world, and builder of the deepest-diving submersible in history. He is also counsel to Chestnut Hill Technologies, a technical recruiting and solutions firm serving clients up and down the East Coast.
Brad graduated from Boston College Law School and Colgate University, cum laude with Honors in Political Science. He is admitted to The Florida Bar, all United States District Courts in Florida (Northern, Middle, and Southern), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He served on The Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee for two terms. He is also active in the American Inns of Court movement, and is affiliated with the Ferguson White and Tampa Bay Inns of Court in downtown Tampa. He is active with the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and sits on its legal panel.
Brad is a proud supporter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), the American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org), the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and other organizations which work to keep the internet free.
Brad strenuously encourages everyone to take full precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Get vaxxed! Mask up!
You can watch a TEDx talk Brad gave about the early days of Wikipedia here.
If you are contacting Brad about genealogy, please email him at bpfamilytree at gmail dot com. His original email address, bpatrick at halcyon dot com, has been in use since 1994.