Patrick J. Lorio

Patrick J. Lorio practices commercial litigation, with a focus on construction litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and securities litigation.


Patrick has extensive experience in insurance litigation, advising insurance companies on coverage issues and representing insurers in coverage and bad faith disputes.  


Patrick also represents construction companies, contractors, architects, and suppliers in disputes involving breaches of contract, open accounts, construction and design defects, and bid contests.  He also has litigated cases under both the Louisiana Private Works Act and the Louisiana Public Works Act. 


As part of his securities litigation practice, Patrick has represented national broker-dealers and registered representatives before FINRA arbitration panels in both customer and member disputes.


Patrick’s general commercial litigation experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in disputes concerning the Louisiana Products Liability Act, defamation, invasion of privacy, corporate buyouts, and limited liability company member disputes.


Patrick has practiced before the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana’s circuit courts, the U.S. Fifth Circuit, all of the federal district courts in Louisiana, and FINRA. 


Patrick received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Tulane University.


Practice Areas

  • Appellate

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

  • Securities Litigation


Notable Representations

  • Successfully prosecuted breach of contract and open account claims for contractors, winning several money judgments on motions for summary judgment. 

  • Prevailed on motions for summary judgment declaring no insurance coverage for plaintiffs under commercial liability and auto policies.

  • Defeated claims for bad faith penalties on motions for summary judgment. 

  • Served on trial team that won money judgment for registered broker before FINRA arbitration panel. 

  • Prevailed on appeal that upheld large attorneys’ fee award for client. 


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2018

    • James Kent Scholar

    • Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, Notes Editor

    • Moot Court, Editor

  • Tulane University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2014

    • Phi Beta Kappa, Karlem Riess Memorial Award, 2014

    • William Wallace Peery Society



  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.





  • Louisiana


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021