Patrick is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law, where he attended classes at night while working full time. Patrick's prior experience was as an Information Technology professional, helping business groups improve office efficiency and accountability. During his final year of law school, Patrick worked as a law clerk in the Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, prosecuting cases with his third year practitioner's certificate. Patrick's goal in attending law school was to become a career criminal prosecutor and make a difference in his
Upon graduating from law school, Patrick clerked for the Honorable Leslie Alden in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. As a clerk, Patrick was able to observe the inner-workings of the Fairfax County Court system.
His experience also led him to gain an understanding of the problems with the administration of Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and how criminal cases are prosecuted. After working in Alexandria, where cases were successfully prosecuted to their fullest extent, Patrick was disappointed in the number of serious cases routinely dismissed or broken down to lesser offenses in order to gain a plea. This strengthened Patrick's desire to become a prosecutor so that he would someday be able to make a real difference for the people of Fairfax County.
Since his clerkship, Patrick has served an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington County. In this role, Patrick prosecutes all types of crime. As one of his duties, Patrick specializes in the prosecution of street gang crimes, such as crimes perpetrated by MS-13, Folk
Nation, and a number of other active gangs in the area. Patrick also serves
as the liaison to the Arlington Public School System and works with officers to keep our young people on the right path.
Patrick's experiences in Alexandria and Arlington have shown him how a
properly run prosecutor's office should function. The strong contrast between the modern efficiency in these offices and problems in Fairfax County inspired Patrick to run for Commonwealth's Attorney for Fairfax County and to guide his home county's prosecutor's office into the 21st century.
Patrick is married to Hana Brilliant, whom he met on the first day of orientation for law school. Hana is a successful attorney with the firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She is a life-long resident of Fairfax County and is active with the community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. She currently serves as the first female President of the fire department.