Michael A. Pattanite, Jr., Esq.

Michael A. Pattanite, Jr. is a Partner who concentrates his practice in public entity, professional negligence, and employer defense of pending litigation matters. Mr. Pattanite also regularly practices education law, with an emphasis on special education. As a result, he regularly appears in Federal, State and Administrative Law Courts, in handling civil litigation and special education matters.

In addition, Mr. Pattanite has significant appellate experience managing over 15 cases through the appellate process. In the past year, two of these cases reached the New Jersey Supreme Court and have helped to shape the application of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, and indemnity law for schools with employees who are facing both criminal and civil suits.

Mike is an active member of the Mercer County Bar Association and Mercer County Inn of Court. He has previously moderated Continuing Legal Education seminars in his role as former co-chair of the seminar committee for the Burlington County Bar Association. Mr. Pattanite is engaged in the local community by volunteering regularly with the Special Olympics of New Jersey, which provides programming and athletics for children that are developmentally disabled. He also is active in coaching high school sports, assisting with Holy Cross High School’s wrestling team.

Mr. Pattanite received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Management from Gettysburg College. He matriculated to Widener University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, with a specialization in Trial Advocacy. Mr. Pattanite served as Law Clerk to the Honorable M. Patricia Richmond, J.S.C., Burlington County, Civil Division.

Representative Matters:

  • L.A. v. Trenton Board of Education
  • Robinson v. Buena School District
  • Bullock v. Cabasa

Admissions:

  • New Jersey 2010
  • Pennsylvania 2010
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 2010
  • United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania 2010

Education:

  • Widener University School of Law, cum laude, 2010
  • Gettysburg College, 2007