Patrick M. Chidnese is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tampa office. Mr. Chidnese's practice focuses on appellate and trial court matters involving commercial business disputes. Mr. Chidnese defends Florida insurance carriers, private businesses and municipal governments in high-value litigation throughout Florida's trial and appellate courts. On appeal, Mr. Chidnese has represented clients before the Florida Supreme Court, every Florida District Court of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Chidnese has successfully briefed and argued complex appellate issues, including issues of first impression, in the state of Florida.
In the trial court, Mr. Chidnese often represents clients in matters that involve a likelihood of one or more parties pursuing appellate relief. This allows Mr. Chidnese to direct and assist other attorneys with an eye toward a subsequent appeal. Mr. Chidnese frequently serves as co-counsel with other trial attorneys, both internally and from other firms, to identify and evaluate potential appellate issues before an appeal occurs. Mr. Chidnese has also litigated trial and appellate matters in the Texas state and federal courts, primarily in Houston.
During law school, Mr. Chidnese interned for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Jenkins of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He graduated first in his law school class and was a member of the Stetson Law Review.
- Stetson University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
- Duke University, B.S., Economics
- Tampa Connection, Class of 2014
- Duke University Alumni Association
- Duke University Varsity Club
- "Up & Comer," Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2014-2016
- Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2020
- Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy