Patrick H. Foley

Patrick H. Foley specializes in complex litigation, with particular focus on employment, commercial, and health care-related cases.  He has represented both large and small clients in a wide array of industries, including healthcare systems, hospitals, auction houses, moving and storage companies, life science companies, physician groups, accountable care organization, and individuals.  He has also represented numerous public-sector clients, including public agencies and local municipalities.

Mr. Foley also advises corporate and individual clients on employment and regulatory issues and conducts internal investigations relating to corporate fraud, discrimination and other matters of corporate concern.  He also provides comprehensive legal services to clients of the firm’s corporate counsel practice, including contract negotiations and IP portfolio management and development.  

In his five years at Holtz & Reed, Mr. Foley has played an integral role in several of the firm’s major litigation victories, including Shervin v. Partners HealthCare System, Inc. et al. (successfully defending Partners and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization against claims of gender discrimination and retaliation); Steward Health Care System LLC v. Boston Globe Media Partners LLC (winning declaratory action to relieve health care provider of HIPAA privacy restrictions to rebut patient’s allegations of mistreatment in prospective Boston Globe news story); Lopez v. Massachusetts General Hospital, et al. (obtaining dismissal of all claims, including wrongful termination and defamation, in action brought by former employee); and Toussaint v. Brigham and Women’s Hospital (winning defense jury verdict for hospital in employment discrimination case).

Prior to joining Holtz & Reed, Mr. Foley served as a judicial clerk at the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and worked for a private firm specializing in admiralty law.  Mr. Foley attended Suffolk University Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served on Law Review.   His publications include Oil and Water: How the Polluted Wake of the Exxon Valdez Has Endangered the Essence of Punitive Damages, 43 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 475 (2010).  Patrick is also a graduate of Belmont Hill School and Trinity College.