By Joseph Patton

Justice is our family business. My journey in the law started when I as a child decided to become a lawyer after watching the Perry Mason TV show. If you have never watched a Perry Mason show, try it, you will find him a champion for his clients. I am a 1977 graduate of the Washburn Univer­sity School of Law, after Washburn University for undergraduate work. Since then, I have been practicing exclusively in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, auto accident claims, and workers’ compensation, starting first in Topeka, then expanding to all of Kansas and Missouri, and now clients hire me from all over the mid-west. Our firm has moved from being a solo practice to a nationally recognized law firm.  

I’m a “Dot.” I grew up in Kansas City in Wyandotte County, hence the tag. I moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University, married Cindy, stayed in Topeka, raised our four children, and have been practicing law in the courtrooms throughout Kansas and Missouri ever since. Active in my local church, I support various charities, including my favorite, the Topeka Rescue Mission, an organization devoted to providing shelter for the homeless. If you want to donate to them let me know, I can arrange that. When I’m not busy helping my clients of Patton and Patton, you will find Cindy and me watching one of our thirteen grandkids, throwing a football with them on the weekend or taking them fishing. 

I am a follower of Jesus. Jesus teaches we should love our neighbor. Since I am not the most touchy-feely guy, I struggle with this command. However, I have come to real­ize that the best way for me to apply this teaching is to use my knowledge and expertise to help my clients make smart and well-thought-out decisions. Each of us show love in our own way, for me it’s by helping my clients.  I have in my law office a frame copy of an old prayer by Sir Thomas More that says, “Lord, grant that I may be able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, candid with clients, and honest with adversaries. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my client’s plaints, read with me in my library and stand beside me in court, so that today I shall not, in order to win a point, lose my soul.” Or as Sir William Blackstone aptly prayed for, “The tribute of the widow’s prayer, the righted orphans grateful tear!” Blackstone prayed that he would be “…to virtue and her friends a friend, still may my voice the weak defend!” Blackstone’s pray concludes, “The friends may weep, the worthy sign and poor men bless me when I die.” 

This book gives you some insight into specific parts of my practice and my life. The first section is addressed to those injured in an auto accident; the second section is designed to help those hurt on the job. The third section deals with medical malpractice and dedicated to help those who are hurt by the very medical provider from whom they sought relief.


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