Timothy J. Patterson

Associate

Overview

Timothy Patterson is an associate and business litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Distribution & Franchise Practices.

During law school, Mr. Patterson was a summer associate in Foley’s Litigation Department. He also served as a law clerk with The Marcus Corporation and as a research assistant to Associate Dean and Professor of Law Matthew Parlow at Marquette University Law School.

Education

Mr. Patterson earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014), where he was a comment editor for the Marquette Law Review, was a leader for the Marquette Academic Success Program, and earned seven CALI Awards for highest grade, including awards in civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, advanced legal research, and employment law. He was also on the Dean’s list and was a Thomas More Law Scholarship recipient. Mr. Patterson received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (B.A., magna cum laude, 2011), where he was also named to the Dean’s list.

Admissions

Mr. Patterson is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Representative Matters

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Foley secured a major victory for Goulds Pumps, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial pumps, and flagship subsidiary of ITT Corporation. Over the last decade, Goulds Pumps has become one of the leading industrial pump manufacturers for the North American oil and gas market, due in large part to its state-of-the-art API (American Petroleum Institute) pumps. In December 2013, Goulds Pumps’ biggest distributor, DXP Enterprises, Inc., announced its plan to acquire B27, LLC. However, PumpWorks 610, a division of B27, also manufactures API pumps, selling them in the same territory as that granted to DXP under the parties’ distribution agreement. Despite being warned by Goulds Pumps not to acquire B27 DXP completed the purchase in January 2014, prompting Goulds Pumps to file an arbitration demand in April 2014, seeking a declaratory judgment that it had the right to terminate DXP as a distributor. After DXP’s failed TRO attempts in both state and federal court in Texas, arbitration began in earnest in September 2014. A year later, and after a seven-day hearing with testimony from 12 witnesses and rounds of post-hearing briefings, the arbitrator held that, under the Texas Dealer Act, Goulds Pumps did indeed have good cause to terminate DXP.