Patrick Morrissey

Patrick Morrissey


Patrick primarily practices in the area of construction law, in which he has defended architects, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors of various trades – to include framing, roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and concrete. He also represents construction trades and homeowners in mechanics’ liens. Patrick has experience defending toxic torts, specifically lead paint litigation, and defending product liability suits. He finds his technical background and training provided by his career in the Navy to be well-suited to the details of construction litigation.

Patrick graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986, cum laude, was the recipient of the History Prize, and was invited to come back as an instructor. He was offered both a Trident and VGEP scholarship after completing the Academy's curriculum a semester early. He selected the VGEP scholarship, which sent him to Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, from which he received his M.A. within a year. After 9 years of active duty, Patrick attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, again graduating a semester early.

Commander Morrissey is a retired line officer. His active-duty billets include Division officer assignments in engineering and operations on the USS DeWert (FFG 45), shore duty as a history instructor at the Naval Academy, and a Department Head tour as Chief Engineer of the USS Halyburton (FFG 40). During his shore tour in Annapolis, he obtained an offshore skipper "D" qualification while serving as officer rep for the Naval Academy's Offshore Sailing Team, and took a crew of 6 midshipmen to Bermuda and back in a 44'. Patrick joined the naval reserve during law school and subsequently became Commanding Officer of DART 1, an ordinance unit based at Weapon Station, Charleston, with which he deployed to Kuwait.

Patrick and his wife live in Mount Pleasant, where they are members of Christ Our King parish. They enjoy home improvement projects, and family time with their children and grandchildren. Patrick has served as a Trident Literacy volunteer, as a Blue and Gold officer in the Naval Academy's admissions program, as a service-academy interviewer for Senator Graham, on the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission, and is a member of the Patriarch men’s group, Christ Our King.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina


  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., cum laude, 1986
  • Georgetown University, M.A., 1987
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. (Class of ’98; grad Dec ’97)

Honors & Awards

  • History Prize, Class of 1986, USNA
  • CALI award Legal History
  • Order of the Wig and Robe

Professional Memberships

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Berkeley County Bar Association

Published Articles, CLEs, and Seminars