Patrick W. Dudding was called to the BC bar in the spring of 2016. Prior to joining Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota LLP, he completed summer articling terms with Harper Grey LLP, an insurance defence firm in Vancouver, and RORRGA LLP, a Toronto criminal defence firm. While both firms invited Patrick to return to complete his articles, his love of the city of Victoria and his passion for helping the underdog led him to our firm.
From 2014-2015, Patrick completed a clerkship with the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Victoria, during which he rendered legal research, editing, and other assistance to five judges as they presided over and decided matters before the court. During his clerkship, Patrick helped both his assigned judges and others draft judgments which substantially advanced British Columbia law in several important areas, including personal injury, civil procedure, costs, class action certification, privilege claims, privacy protection, and the law of warrants.
The University of Victoria, Faculty of Law recognized Patrick’s academic excellence on more than one occasion, both for overall achievement and for obtaining best standing in the Evidence course, for which he received the Chris Considine Prize. He provided his class notes to disabled law students as a volunteer notetaker, and also documented school events as a photographer. Through his work with the Environmental Law Centre clinical program, Patrick advised two clients, a BC First Nation and an environmental non-profit group, in relation to an environmental matter of national significance. He graduated from law school in 2014.
Prior to law school Patrick engaged in a variety of non-legal work, including freelance software development and sales. He graduated from Carleton University with a B.A. (Psychology) with Distinction in 2010, and also received that institution’s Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement for placing in the top 3% of his graduating class. Patrick spent several of his formative years growing up on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka while his parents worked there on an international development project.
Patrick loves the outdoors and hikes avidly in the BC wilderness. When not tramping through the woods or skipping stones on the beach, you will find him glued to a film, voraciously tearing through books, or knee deep in intense contests of euchre or cribbage. With proper persuasion, he has been known to deliver a passable (but highly entertaining) karaoke rendition of Fergie’s well-known hit, “Fergalicious.”