Rutkowski Law Firm's PatrickPatrick represents families in estate planning, elder law and Medicaid matters. In his practice, Patrick understands that when it comes to estate planning and dealing with difficult issues, such as sudden death or the immediate need for nursing home care, people are often at a loss about what to do first. He believes that in times like these, people need someone to truly listen to their concerns and guide them through potentially life-altering circumstances and complex legal processes.

Patrick was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and moved to a farm in Rockford, Michigan at the age of five. In high school and college, Patrick worked a wide variety of jobs, including multiple stints at his father’s estate planning firm, where he served as an intern, scrivener, researcher and jack-of-all-trades. His responsibilities ranged from preparing deeds and drafting documents to revamping the firm’s filing system, a lengthy project that involved thousands of files and a lovely summer spent in a broiling metal storage unit.

Patrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, where he was a Damon Scholar, a member of the Honors Program and a four-year rugby player. Following his time at Loyola, Patrick attended the University of Notre Dame Law School on an academic fellowship. He earned his J.D. in 2009 and served as an officer in both the Irish Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Patrick started his professional career with Dunn/Gibbons, a boutique civil litigation practice in Grand Rapids, and worked as a volunteer law clerk at the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. He also served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Michigan’s 17th Judicial Circuit under the Honorable Patricia D. Gardner. For six years, Patrick was an active litigator in Chicago representing national Class 1 railroads, manufacturing corporations, transport companies, and insurance providers in a wide variety of litigation matters. It was time well spent for Patrick, learning the practice of law, different attorneys’ styles, courtroom techniques, and dedication to the profession. These years in the highly combative world of litigation were enough time for Patrick to realize he would much rather spend his career helping people than fighting with them. He shifted his practice back to estate planning and has been helping families with their planning and elder law needs ever since.

When not working, Patrick can be tough to track down. Whether he’s traveling, cooking, woodworking in his shop, training for marathons or getting into the dirt at the family farm, Patrick likes to keep moving.