Wendy L. P​atrick, JD,PhD

20 Year trial lawyer, ethics lecturer, Media commentator, Concert violinist


Dr. Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, named as the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar, business ethics professor, and rock violinist who brings a unique perspective to public speaking and media commentary.

Dr. Patrick has been recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  She has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder. 

As a media personality, Dr. Patrick has over 2,000 media appearances. She is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, was well as a variety of other national and international programs.  She has her own segment “Spotted” on Australia´s Seven Network, serves as a guest anchor, and is a prolific radio contributor and guest radio host. 

With decades on the speaking circuit, Dr. Patrick offers seminars for personal, p
rofessional, and corporate development. Her customized programs and workshops are designed to educate and captivate any audience with a dynamic, interactive presentation style delivering relevant, substantive content with plenty of bells and whistles.  She presents motivational seminars, keynote speeches, and workshops on topics related to social media, reading people, persuasion, and impression management.  She is a frequent conference-opening speaker around the country on the subjects of “Reading People,” “The Psychology of Attraction,” “Reading Red Flags,” “The Dark Side of Social Media,” “Effective Communication with Difficult People,” and related subjects.  

Regarding public safety, Dr. Patrick reveals the latest research regarding how to protect your business and employees with training in risk management, threat assessment, and spotting dangerous employees, customers, and clients.

On the legal front, Dr. Patrick has been recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  She has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder. 

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues, including threat assessment.  She is also President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.  In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters.  She was Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexually Violent Predator Committee and the Human Trafficking Committee.  

Dr. Patrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Bethel Seminary San Diego where she was awarded the Excellence in Preaching Award and the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award.  She is ordained through Converge Worldwide/ Baptist General Conference.  She received her law degree from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from the University of California Los Angeles. 

Her legal education was multi-cultural and included study in Vienna, Austria, Budapest, Hungary, and with a Barrister firm in London, England.  Dr. Patrick is admitted to practice law in California, the United States District Court in the Southern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

 Dr. Patrick is published on a regular basis.  She is co-author of the revised version of the
New York Times bestseller Reading People (Random House), and author of Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Other Toxic People in Every Area of Your Life (St. Martin´s Press).  She is also author of Using the Psychology of Attraction in Christian Outreach: Lessons from the Dark Side (Peter Lang). 

Dr. Patrick was a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (Macmillan Reference 2007), and Hate Crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies (SAGE 2004).  She had her own ethics column in the San Diego Daily Transcript for over a decade, and has a regular column in Law Enforcement Quarterly. 

She is published frequently in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, has authored several articles for The Practical Litigator (ALI ABA national publication), and wrote a monthly ethics MCLE article for the California Bar Journal for years.  Dr. Patrick is also a past writer and editorial Board member for the national American Inns of Court publication The Bencher. 

Dr. Patrick has her own online column in Psychology Today, is a Huffington Post contributor, and has been quoted in a variety of sources such as CSNBC, USA Today, US News and World Report, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Ms. Patrick is a faculty member at San Diego State University where she teaches upper division business ethics in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration, both on campus and abroad.  She is also a Lead Instructor for the Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership Program at the University of San Diego Master of Science Program where she teaches Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders. She has taught American Government and Christianity at Horizon University, and regularly guest lectures at other educational institutions. 

In the legal realm, Dr. Patrick has been teaching ethics, trial skills, and other subjects around the country on a regular basis for over a decade to a variety of legal and business organizations.  She has served as an instructor for national and international audiences through programs like the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the National College of District Attorneys, as well as for educational institutions, law firms, and other professional groups. 

Dr. Patrick has presented to audiences as diverse as Crown prosecutors in Canada, to unemployment insurance judges at their annual meeting, to Christian lawyers in Hong Kong, to law students in South Korea.  She is also an Institute of Criminal Investigation certified instructor for law enforcement. 

Dr. Patrick has been recognized for her legal work as well as her work in the community.  She was named the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section. She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association, recognized by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors by declaring October 8, 2013 to be “Wendy Patrick Day” throughout San Diego County. 

Dr. Patrick received the Sexual Assault Response Team Response With a Heart Award, the Service to the San Diego County Bar Association award, the Friend of the Community Award from the Tom Homann Law Association for her work prosecuting hate crimes, and was recognized as one of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 40 under 40 honorees.   

Dr. Patrick is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California District Attorneys Association and a past member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Criminal Law Section. She continues to serve as a Master, Team Leader, and Programs Chair for the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court. 

Dr. Patrick is a former Chair of the California State Bar Ethics Committee, past Vice President of the SDCBA, a past Vice President and Programs Chair of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and a past Board member of the San Diego Crime Victim’s Fund, the Society Club of the American Cancer Society, the County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, and the San Diego Chapter of the National Speakers Association. 

 On a personal note, Dr. Patrick holds a purple belt in Shorin-Ryu karate, is a concert violinist with the La Jolla Symphony, and plays the electric violin professionally with a rock band.