R. Patrick Dover Counsel

Patrick practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, focusing on litigating and arbitrating business torts, franchise-related litigation, banking-related litigation, and railroad-related litigation. Patrick's practice has a particular emphasis on appellate work, having successfully handled numerous appeals in state and federal appellate courts.

Patrick also assists corporate clients on electronic discovery and preservation issues, and has prepared multiple presentations on recent e-discovery trends for bar associations and records preservations trade groups.

From August 2014 to August 2015, Patrick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry F. Floyd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Patrick served as a legal intern for the Federal Programs branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Patrick also completed his third year of law school at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.


Representation of Class I railroad carrier in three appeals in the Eleventh Circuit. Resulted in favorable federal preemption opinions in each, including a published opinion on preemption subsequently cited by other federal courts of appeals.

Representation of software company in appeal of adverse order granting summary judgment (client was represented by another law firm in trial court). The appellate court agreed with our arguments, and reversed the trial court in a published opinion.

Representation of Cypriot energy company in shareholder derivative lawsuit seeking over 80 million dollars in damages. The suit was filed in Florida state court in conjunction with parallel actions in Cyprus and Switzerland. The trial court granted our motion to dismiss, finding that governing Cypriot law, unlike United States law, did not permit the “multiple” derivative suit filed by the plaintiff.

  • American University Washington College of Law, JD, Member, American University Law Review, 2009
  • Davidson College, BA, History, 2006
Named a "Rising Star," Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation, Legal 500 US, 2019, 2020
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
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