Patrick A. Cathcart
Mr. Cathcart is no longer practicing law.  He was with Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft for over 25 years, and then founded Cathcart Collins LLP with Joe Collins.  Cathcart Collins LLP joined AlvaradoSmith APC in 2008.


         Patrick Cathcart, formerly a shareholder with AlvaradoSmith APC,  was a founding partner of Cathcart Collins LLP. His practice concentrated on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on multi-party insurance coverage litigation and professional liability matters.

          Mr. Cathcart is a founding Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary fellowship recognizing excellence in litigation skills.

          For over thirty years, Mr. Cathcart represented defendants and plaintiffs in many complex business and insurance coverage actions, including a major contractor in two arbitrations in the Hague, Netherlands; a major contractor in litigation against the United States and several insurance companies over liability for the failure of a large dam in eastern Idaho; and a real estate developer in a dispute among partners over the acquisition and development of a mult-million dollar real estate property in Beverly Hills. His intellectual property experience began with litigation between PC Magazine and PC World Magazine over trade name infringement in 1983. He obtained a $34 million judgment in litigation between two motion picture producers and Village Roadshow Pictures (an Australian motion picture production, distribution and exhibition company). Most recently, Mr. Cathcart obtained a directed verdict, after a three month jury trial, for client Eagle River Investments LLC in Boeing Satellite Services Int'l. Inc. v. ICO Global Communications in a contract, fraud and unfair business practice dispute in connection with the manufacturing and launching of a constellation of satellites for a mobile satellite system for global data and voice transmission.

         From 1986 through 2000, Mr. Cathcart managed over 900 claims and lawsuits involving professional liability in all areas of the practices of two dozen large California law firms. He has also been retained as an expert witness in lawsuits involving professional liability and insurance matters.
         Mr. Cathcart is a Past-President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles)(President, 2005-2006) and a member of The Chancery Club of Los Angeles and a past member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Central Civil Bench/Bar Liaison Committee. Mr. Cathcart has been recognized by peers and legal observers as a leading litigator in California:

-since 2006: The Best Lawyers in America

-2006: April, 2006 edition of "Lawdragon", named as one of 500 "America's Leading Trial Lawyers" 

-since 2003: "Leader in California" law in Chambers Partners Client Guide since 2003; ranked in the first tier of leading individuals in Insurance Law in since 2005;

-since 2003: Law & Politics Media, Inc., as a Southern California SuperLawyer.

         Mr. Cathcart was formerly Chairman of the Committee on Negligence and Compensation of the Section of General Practice of the International Bar Association (delivering papers on professional liability at the IBA's Biennial Conferences in Cannes, France in 1992 and Melbourne, Australia in 1994). Mr. Cathcart served on the California State Bar Committee on Federal Courts (1978-80 and 1989-91). He also served as a Charter Member of the London International Court of Arbitration and as a Trustee of the East Bay French American School in Berkeley, California.

         From 1975 to 1977, Mr. Cathcart was a law clerk to United States District Judge Spencer Williams, in the Northern District of California. He was an Instructor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in the same period. During law school, Mr. Cathcart was Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. He was a Research Assistant in 1974-1975 to Hon. Arthur J. Goldberg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, retired. From 1969 to 1971, Mr. Cathcart served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran.


Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (Diploma)

Stanford University, (AB, 1968)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, (JD, 1975)
         He is admitted to practice in all the courts of California, in the 9th and 7th Circuit federal Courts of Appeals, and in the federal District Courts of California.








On May 1, 2008, Cathcart Collins LLP joined AlvaradoSmith APC (until November 8, 2010, known as Adorno, Yoss, Alvarado & Smith PC.)   For information on AlvaradoSmth, go to their website: .

Articles and Publications

Cathcart, et al., CALIFORNIA TRIAL AND POST-TRIAL CIVIL PROCEDURE (Matthew Bender, August 2006; updated twice each year) 
"When an Opponent is a Corporation: Ethical and Practical Considerations In Contacting An Opponents Employees", California Litigation, vol. 17, No. 1 (2004);

"When 'Circumstances' Give Us Pause: What Should Be Reported to Insurers", ABTL Reports, vol. XVII, No. 2 (1995);

"A New Defense For Insurers In Bad Faith Insurance Coverage Actions", ABTL Reports vol. XXVIII, No. 2 (2006);

Forum, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 25, 2005 (article on why Ninth Circuit should not be split);

Letters from the President, ABTL Reports vol. XXVIII, nos. 1 (Fall 2005, 2 (Spring 2006)and 3 (Summer 2006)

Representative Cases

Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. v. ICO Global Communications (Operations) Ltd., Los Angeles Superior Court (involving contract, fraud and unfair business practice dispute concerning global  communications satellite development)(directed verdict for client after three month jury trial);

Stewart v. Reebok, and Markowitz v. Reebok, Los Angeles Superior Court (class actions); 

Mosher v. Universal Telecom, Los Angeles, California (involving development of international VOIP system between United States and Vietnam);

Rudich v. Dickens,  Los Angeles (arbitration, court and appellate proceedings involving real estate development partnership);

Watts and Jones v. Zurich American Ins. Co., et al., Los Angeles, California; (also California District Court of Appeal, 2nd District, and related matter in U.S.Dist.Court, Illinois, and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals);

Fuller-Austin Insulation Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., Los Angeles California (court trial, 3 month jury trial; reported at 135 Cal. App. 4th 958 (2006));

Donaldson, et al., v. City of Long Beach, et al., Los Angeles, California (class action defense);

Stephen Slesinger Inc. v. The Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles, California (copyright dispute concerning “Winnie the Pooh”):

Hool and Meeker v. Village Roadshow Pictures (USA) Inc. et al., Los Angeles, California (arbitration and court, appellate proceedings involving motion picture production agreement);

People ex rel. City of Willits v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 97 Cal. App. 4th 1125 (2002);

Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. Superior Court 24 Cal 4th 945 (2001) ("Powerine");

FMC Corporation v. Liberty Mutual, et al., San Jose, California; reported as FMC v. Plaisted 61 Cal. App. 4th 1132 (1998)(trial counsel for one of eight trials);

Rockwell International Corporation v. Aetna Cas. & Surety Co., et al., Los Angeles, California;

Pintlar v. Aetna (Bunker Hill), U.S. District Court, Idaho;

Martin Marietta et al. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., Los Angeles, California; (including Harvey Aluminum v. Certain Underwriters At Lloyds);

Celotex Corp. v. American Ins. Co.,  199 Cal. App. 3d 678 (1987);

Green v. Travelers Indemnity Co., 185 Cal. App. 3d 544 (1986);

Hudson v. Capital Management Intern. Inc., 565 F.Supp. 615 (1983).

In re Coordinated Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases, tried in San Francisco, California in six separate phases over a five-year period (before Judge Ira Brown);

Morrison Knudsen v. National Iranian Oil Co., U.S.-Iranian Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands (two arbitration actions on international construction contracts);

He directed litigation and claims management in over 900  professional liability claims involving large California law firms between as Claims Counsel to a mutual insurance company; co-founder of the mutual, Attorneys Insurance Mutual Risk Retention Group.