• South Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Jeffrey S. Patterson

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Jeffrey Patterson is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and practices in Boston in all areas of business, employment, and consumer finance litigation.  Mr. Patterson began his career in the Firm's South Carolina offices gaining experience in the representation of businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes.  Since relocating to the Firm's Boston office, Mr. Patterson's litigation practice has focused on consumer finance, banking, and insurance issues.


  • Has represented companies in litigation with consumers and other businesses in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, New York, and California
  • Has also handled a number of appellate matters in both the state and federal courts
  • Obtained a jury verdict in a matter of national first impression in a trademark infringement matter finding contributory liability against an SEO

Representative Cases

The following is a selected sampling of recent cases and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter:

  • Melfi v. WMC Mortgage Corp. et al., 586 F.3d 309 (1st Cir. 2009) — decision affirming dismissal of borrower rescission claims under the Truth in Lending Act
  • Sonoco Products Company v. Physician's Health Plan, Inc., 338 F.3d 366 (4th Cir. 2003) — decision explaining the bounds of the complete preemptive effect of Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • United States ex rel. Becker v. Westinghouse Savannah River Company, 305 F.3d 284 (4th Cir. 2002) — decision applying government knowledge defense under Federal False Claims Act to affirm summary judgment
  • Carolina Care Plan, Inc. v. United Healthcare Services, Inc., 606 S.E.2d 752 (S.C. 2004) — decision addressing enforceability of arbitration clause in complex business dispute
  • RWE Nukem Corp. v. ENSR Corp., 644 S.E.2d 730 (S.C. 2007) — overturning trial court ruling on statute of limitations

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® -- Commercial Litigation (2012-2014)