Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Crisis Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Logistics & Cargo
  • Transportation, Logistics, & Cargo


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Patrick R. Ball
Phone: 949.612.9136
Office: Orange County

Mr. Ball is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Ball has a broad range of experience representing corporate and individual clients in claims, lawsuits and arbitration hearings involving labor and employment issues, including wage and hour disputes, age, sex, race and disability discrimination, and sexual harassment and workplace retaliation claims. Mr. Ball also has significant experience in litigation matters involving wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, products liability, premises liability, trucking and transportation, class action litigation, commercial and business litigation, false advertising and unfair competition, toxic torts and regulatory compliance actions in both state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Messner Reeves, Mr. Ball was part of a team of attorneys that served as national defense counsel in serious and high-profile investigations, claims, lawsuits, and crisis management situations pertaining to fraternal organizations throughout the United States. In that role, Mr. Ball investigated and litigated matters ranging from sexual assault to fraud and misrepresentation in California, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Mr. Ball started his legal career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he was a Deputy District Attorney. While there, Mr. Ball successfully tried over 30 jury and court felony and misdemeanor trials to verdict. As a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Ball conducted hundreds of felony preliminary hearings and handled thousands of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases involving charges ranging from driving under the influence to murder.

Mr. Ball’s wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors, in both civil and criminal litigation, provides him with a unique background and perspective to his clients that are faced with litigation. While Mr. Ball prides himself on being able to successfully litigate a matter from inception through trial, he also takes great joy in working with his clients and opposing counsel to craft creative resolutions which reduce the stress and expense of protracted litigation.

Originally hailing from Idaho, Mr. Ball enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly camping, snow skiing, running, golf and spending time with his wife and four young children.


  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, International Business, May 2002;

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2006.

  • Orange County Bar Association;

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association;

  • American Bar Association

Named Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial Attorney Coach of the Year in 2014-2015.

Obtained complete defense verdict on behalf of a national restaurant chain in an FLSA wage and hour arbitration against a former employee.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a men’s fraternal organization with respect to all claims in a wrongful death and Title IX lawsuit.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national men’s fraternal organization with respect to the issue of duty of care in a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national men’s fraternal organization and its local undergraduate chapter with respect to the issue of duty of care in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Obtained dismissal on behalf of national men’s fraternal organization and various local undergraduate chapter representatives related to claims associated with breach of contract and misrepresentation.

Representative Matters
Publications and Speaking Engagements

“Five Tips To Help GCs Navigate California’s Legal Waters,” Orange County Lawyer, January 2017

Community Involvement

Volunteer as attorney coach for Rosary High School mock trial team in Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation mock trial competition;

Volunteer as coach for AYSO youth soccer in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa region.

Professional Experience
  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
  • Dechert LLP