Attorney Pat Lopez heads the firm’s transactions practice, which encompasses the wide array of legal services frequently called on by our business clients. He has over 30 years of experience in counseling and assisting businesses, entrepreneurs, lenders, and developers to help them reach their goals, solve their problems, and implement their business plans. Creativity, commitment, caring, knowledge, and enthusiasm best described his passion for the practice of law and his concern for his clients. These characteristics are no doubt some of the reasons for his recognition by his peers as an “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” attorney in the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Process, as well as his selection by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Superlawyers.
How I Serve Clients
I recognize that my job is to help my clients achieve their goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. An important part of my job is bringing my skills and creativity to bear on my clients problems. However, it is equally important to understand my client’s goals, objectives, and needs. I can’t just assume that every client is the same, or that I know what’s best for the client. I certainly have ideas, insights, and perspectives based on my knowledge and experience that I bring to the table when working with a client. Most importantly, however, I make sure that I understand the client’s desires and keep focused on meeting the client’s expectations.
Exceptional Client Service
As lawyers, we are in a service business. When we are called on, there is always a lot on the line. No one calls their lawyer unless the stakes are high. Our clients look to us to help them structure complex business transactions, resolve disputes, negotiate critical agreements, and carefully document all of these. Well I cannot guarantee results, I do promise my clients that I will always work to exceed their expectations and earn their trust. I tell every client I want to know if I, or the firm, is not living up to that promise. I recognize that my livelihood is dependent upon my client’s success and satisfaction, and I keep that in mind every day.
How My Background Helps Clients
My personal, educational, work and professional experiences are diverse. Throughout high school and college, I had a wide range of job experiences, including dishwasher, mine truck driver, construction laborer, newspaper advertising salesman, and accounting cost analyst. At the University of Arizona, I majored in psychology, but graduated with more units from the accounting department than was required of an accounting major. At Stanford, I took every tax class the law school had to offer, and taught an undergraduate course. In private practice, many think of me as a real estate lawyer, but there are many others who know me for my lending and finance work; as counsel to start up ventures; as counsel corporate attorney; as a specialist in the business law and contracts; as counsel to numerous governmental organizations and educational institutions; for my work assisting creditors and debtors in restructures; or an expert in advising tax-exempt organizations. All these diverse experiences help me better understand my clients, whatever their needs are, and provide me with a reservoir of knowledge and ideas that I can bring to bear on addressing any problem.
When I am Not in the Office
I enjoy my wife and three adult daughters; I ride my bike; and I take my camera on hikes. You can see some of my pictures at TheWeekendShooter.org.