Rina McDonald

Born and raised near Munich, Germany, Patrick has called Fort Collins his home since 2001, with the exception of a brief sojourn to obtain his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.  In 2015, Patrick joined the Law Firm of Schwartz and Waible, LLC after spending nearly seven years representing the indigent accused as a member of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office.

Patrick has extensive experience representing clients charged with all levels of misdemeanor and felony offenses.  During his career as a public defender, Patrick honed his trial skills litigating multiple complex cases, including attempted homicide, arson, burglary, securities fraud, sexual assault, drug possession, theft and many more.

Realizing that a person should not be defined by their worst mistake, Patrick seeks to apply his extensive experience to protect the rights of those confronted with criminal prosecution.  Patrick believes that everyone is guaranteed the right to have someone prepared to fight for them when the vast and nearly unlimited resources of the government are arrayed against them.  The right to a fair trial and representation by competent counsel are fundamental rights Patrick seeks to champion every day in his practice.

Patrick also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), representing the best interests of children in juvenile delinquency cases by accepting court appointments through the Colorado Office of Child Representative.  Both challenging and rewarding, Patrick’s work as a guardian ad litem provides him with unique insight into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.