Patrick M. Dennis

Patrick was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is a proud graduate of The University of Houston, summa cum laude, and The University of Texas School of Law, with honors.

Patrick’s mom taught him the importance of hard work, and his father, who was a long-time union member, raised him to be the type of person who believes in the importance of doing the right thing and protecting those who are the most vulnerable from wrongful conduct.  It is from this upbringing that Patrick developed his passion of helping employees who are subjected to unfair or discriminatory employment practices.

As a founding partner of Doyle Dennis Avery, Patrick has substantial involvement in the firm’s trial practice on behalf of employees who have been subjected to retaliation or wrongful termination, such as the following:  reporting work injuries (under Texas Labor Code 451.001, protected acts the Seaman’s Protection Act), seeking advice under the National Labor Relations Act, organizing and engaging in Union activities, reporting Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations, reporting Fair Labor Standards Act or wage-hour violations, and nurses or doctors who report safety issues (including under Texas Occupational Code 301.413 and Texas Health and Safety Code 161.134 and 161.145).  In addition, Patrick is committed to protecting workers from discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, or other protected class, under State and Federal law.

Through his years of practice, Patrick has become a strong advocate for employees throughout the United States.  Patrick prides himself on holding employers responsible for following the law and ensuring that his clients receive fair treatment and respect.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2004
  • Arizona, September 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

    • J.D.
    • Honors: Graduated with Honors
    • Law Journal: The Review of Litigation, Staff Member
  • University of Houston, Houston


    • B.S.
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law, Tort
    Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Volume 42/Issue 2, Winter
    2007, 2007


  • “Insurance Bad Faith: Into the Heart of Darkness”, Texas Advanced Personal
    Injury Law Course 2011, State Bar of Texas, September 15, 2011 and
    November 3, 2011
  • “Insurance Bad Faith Case Law Update”, Workers’ Compensation New
    Legislation and Case Law Update Seminar, Workers’ Comp Publications and
    Rogers, Booker and Lewis, P.C., July 24, 2009
  • “Insurance Bad Faith”, Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Conference,
    The Center for Injured Workers, Inc., August 14, 2009
  • “Damages from the Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Trucking Litigation and D.O.T.
    Regulations Seminar, Lorman, December 13, 2008
  • “Damages Available in Trucking Litigation Personal Injury Actions”,
    Trucking Litigation and D.O.T. Regulations in Texas Seminar, Lorman,
    December 13, 2007
  • Contribution and Indemnity, University of Houston Advanced Civil
    Litigation Course, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Star, a Thomson Reuters business, 2009 – 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2020-2021
  • Included in H Texas magazine’s “Houston’s Top Lawyers” in the area of
    Maritime Law , 2011, 2012, 2013



  • Phi Delta Phi
Patrick M. Dennis – Partner