Phone: (972) 771-1441
Legal Experience and Credentials
Patrick Short is a trial lawyer with over 29 years of experience representing clients in East and North Texas in personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and selected civil litigation matters. Mr. Short is a dedicated and compassionate attorney with an exceptional trial record and a high acquittal rate in criminal jury trials. In recognition of his work, he has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2006, and invited to join the selective membership of the American Trial Lawyers Association's_Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has also been board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Short was admitted to practice in the state of Texas in 1984, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as Texas state courts. Mr. Short earned his J.D. from California Western Law School in 1982 and his B.A. in psychology from Baylor University in 1979. He graduated from the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming in July 2009. Mr. Short also speaks Spanish.
Mr. Short is an active member of the legal, civic, and religious communities. He is currently serving a third two-year term (from 2013 through 2015) on the McLendon-Chisholm City Council, Place 3, and formerly served as the interim hispanic pastor at Lake Pointe Church from 2004 through 2007 and members of their church since 1985. He speaks spanish. He served as the Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Rockwall County, Texas from 1985 through 1986. Mr. Short has is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Christian Legal Society, the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, the Rockwell County Bar Association, Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas County Bar, and the Texas Bar Association.
Mr. Short was born and raised in southern California. In the middle of his junior year of high school, he moved alone to Cuero, Texas to live with his aunt and uncle. Family circumstances and his mother’s illness precipitated this move from California to Texas. Patrick, like many young people, grew up fatherless and his childhood was difficult. His move to South Texas, however, was a positive life changing experience. In Texas, he worked the family dairy farm, excelled in sports, and went on to attend Baylor University. He is grateful for his challenging early life experiences. Today, he uses his ability to passionately communicate from the heart his clients’ life stories and legal problems to juries in the courtroom. His compassion for others positively affects his work as a trial lawyer, his church work, and his work as a civic leader.
Mr. Short and his wife have been married twenty-nine years and they have two adult children. Past mission trips, evangelism, and preaching in Spanish locally for three years as an interim pastor at a Hispanic church reminds him that life is about others. He has never forgotten where he came from or those who providentially helped him along his life journey. When given the opportunity, he loves to share his faith and how it has given him hope in those dark hours in life that everyone experiences.