Patrick F. Nugent

Patrick F. Nugent

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-7134
Fax: (215) 972-7725

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Patrick F. Nugent

Partner

Patrick F. Nugent

Pat Nugent is a litigator who advises and represents colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and businesses across several industries, including insurers and energy developers. When disputes arise, Pat works with clients to develop and execute a litigation strategy focused on minimizing risk and resolving matters in a manner that furthers their unique objectives and protects their core institutional interests. Pat handles a broad array of contractual, tort, statutory, and constitutional issues, and provides representation before agencies and trial courts.

Pat also maintains a national appellate practice. Clients and colleagues turn to Pat when defending important judgments on appeal or seeking to overturn erroneous decisions of trial courts and administrative agencies. Pat frequently represents clients in complex, high-stakes appeals, and has handled numerous appeals before the Second, Third, Sixth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as certiorari-stage proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Experience

Education

Colleges, universities, and K-12 schools operate in a highly-regulated environment and must balance a number of institutional imperatives while striving to fulfill their missions. Pat helps clients navigate these demands and defends them in litigation when necessary. Examples include:

Advising schools on issues surrounding student mental health, athletics compliance, Title IX, and other issues.
Representing schools in student conduct litigation and appeals involving claims related to due process, Title IX, and other anti-discrimination laws.
Representing schools in academic dismissal litigation involving breach of contract claims and claims under Title VI, Section 1981, and other anti-discrimination laws.
Energy and Environmental Litigation

Companies that design environmentally-protective projects should obtain prompt permit approvals. Yet permitting agencies can take months to make a decision, and project opponents still challenge those permits. When that happens, Pat helps companies defend their projects in court. Recent examples include:

Allegheny Def. Project v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm’n, 964 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2020) (en banc): Denying challenges to the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Transcon. Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC v. Permanent Easements for 2.14 Acres, 907 F.3d 725 (3d Cir. 2018): Affirming the entry of a preliminary injunction awarding immediate possession of rights of way for an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Sec’y Pennsylvania Dep’t of Envtl. Prot., 903 F.3d 65 (3d Cir. 2018): Denying challenges to the issuance of Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm’n, 897 F.3d 187 (3d Cir. 2018): Affirming the dismissal of challenges under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm’n, 857 F.3d 388 (D.C. Cir. 2017): Denying challenges to the issuance of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Sec’y Pennsylvania Dep’t of Envtl. Prot., 833 F.3d 360 (3d Cir. 2016): Denying challenges to the issuance of Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for an interstate natural gas pipeline project.
Commercial Litigation

Businesses are frustrated with having to divert substantial time and resources to dealing with lawsuits. They want counsel who understands their business and develops thoughtful, effective, and efficient strategies to resolve disputes and protect their interests with minimal disruption to their business. Pat strives to provide such representation to clients across a number of industries. Examples include:

Representing a prominent gaming and entertainment client in a breach of contract and defamation case in New Jersey federal district court arising from an agreement to develop and implement an online gaming and gambling system for a casino.
Representing life insurers in state and federal trial court litigation involving the sale of life insurance and employer welfare benefit plans.

Thought Leadership

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Member of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" National Tier 1 ranked Environmental Law Practice

Memberships and Affiliations

National Association of College and University Attorneys

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2012

  • Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (2011-12)
  • Moot Court Team, National Moot Court Competition (2011)

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2009, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Firm Involvement

Member, Hiring Committee
Vice Chair, Summer Associate Program
 

Pat Nugent is a litigator who advises and represents colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and businesses across several industries, including insurers and energy developers. When disputes arise, Pat works with clients to develop and execute a litigation strategy focused on minimizing risk and resolving matters in a manner that furthers their unique objectives and protects their core institutional interests. Pat handles a broad array of contractual, tort, statutory, and constitutional issues, and provides representation before agencies and trial courts.

Pat also maintains a national appellate practice. Clients and colleagues turn to Pat when defending important judgments on appeal or seeking to overturn erroneous decisions of trial courts and administrative agencies. Pat frequently represents clients in complex, high-stakes appeals, and has handled numerous appeals before the Second, Third, Sixth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as certiorari-stage proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States.