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.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Our son was in need of representation, and we considered doing things on our own; but since we were unfamiliar with the law and procedures involved to resolve the issue, we contacted Schwartz and Waible. It was the best decision we could have made. The charges our son faced were unwarranted, and since the attorney succeeded in persuading the opposition to fairly evaluate the situation, we were able to sleep at night; and ultimately, the charges were dismissed. I give my highest recommendation for the law firm. We couldn’t be more pleased with their services and the outcome as a result.
- Shawn

I would refer Schwartz & Waible as attorneys to anyone that is in need. They take the time to make sure that you know what the process of the courts are and are always willing to answer any question no matter how big or small it may be. They are very kind and understanding. Any time I needed to check in to see where our case was going, I always got a returned call back in a timely manner. They are some of the good guys to have in your corner. Thanks Schwartz & Waible for holding my hand through everything we went through the summer of 2010.
- Lisa

The law firm of Schwartz & Waible responded very quickly to my e-mail when I needed a lawyer in Fort Collins. The attorneys listened very attentively and offered sound advice, which put me at ease when my case came in front of the judge. They presented my case so well that the judge ruled in my favor. I was so thankful and would recommend them to anyone that needs an excellent lawyer.
- Connie

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