Patrice McKinney grew up on a farm in West Texas and drove a John Deere tractor until she was 18 years old. She understands and appreciates the value of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Patrice has an M.A. in English, an M.S. in Sports Health, and a J.D. in law. She has diverse professional experience as a former English teacher and university instructor, and she is very well respected in her community. She has been a member of Leadership Houston, Leadership Texas, and Leadership America.
With her varied educational training and employment background, Patrice brings a unique perspective to the trial team. As a teacher, she knows the value of developing and utilizing appropriate demonstrative evidence and aids to convince a jury to do the right thing. Her communication skills are dually fitted for comforting clients as well as helping a jury or judge understand all realms of a case. Her experience in the Sports Health field helps her understand and thereby better present the medical aspects of the injured worker’s case.
Patrice earned her B.A. from the University of Houston, a M.A. from Abilene Christian University, and a M.S. from Texas Tech University. She then received her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Pro Bono College State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Further, she is involved with the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Women Lawyers, the Association of Women Attorneys, the American Association of Justice, and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.
Patrice has also devoted a great deal of time to helping impoverished children. She is a co-founder and board member of the Youth Development Center (YDC), a nonprofit organization that offers an afterschool literacy program to children living in Houston’s most impoverished neighborhoods, and a co-chair of the Fall Impact Carnival, an annual carnival for inner-city children. Every summer for the last 14 years, Patrice has ridden her bicycle several hundred miles in one week to raise money for the YDC. In the summer of 2010, for instance, she rode 500 miles in five days and raised over $35,000. For the last 15 years, she has participated in the HBA’s annual musical production, Night Court, the proceeds of which go to the HBA Foundation, the charitable arm of the HBA. She also serves on the HSPVA Advisory Board, the HTLA Board of Directors, and the Impact Houston Foundation Board.
Patrice prides herself in representing hard-working people who have been severely injured by the negligence of others. She is particularly accomplished in FELA (The Federal Employers’ Liability Act) claims that provide compensation to railroad employees who are injured on the job. Her perseverance and work ethic allow her to collect substantial awards and settlements for the firm’s clients year after year. Patrice brings her experience, knowledge, drive, and dedication to every client’s case, and she is proud to be part of a proven, successful trial team.