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Harnessing the Power of Communication

Wendy Patrick

Turn on the news in San Diego, and chances are you’ll hear Wendy Patrick ‘94 either hosting a show or commenting on the latest legal, political, or lifestyle topics of the day.

With over 4,000 media appearances to her credit, Dr. Patrick, who has a Ph.D. in Theology, regularly appears on Fox News and CNN breaking down the business news of the day with an enthusiastic mix of corporate savvy and expert analysis.

Patrick began her career as a deputy public defender and became a San Diego Deputy District Attorney three years later. To date, she has more than 165 trials under her belt ranging from hate crimes to domestic violence to first-degree murder—she is part of a Special Operations division handling cases involving sensitive issues and threat assessment.

“I have long enjoyed the camaraderie in the criminal bar across the aisle,” says Patrick. “Many of us have worked together for over 20 years, often in different roles, but maintaining great relationships.”

A native Californian who has lived and worked in San Diego for more than 30 years, choosing California Western School of Law was an easy decision for her.

“I have always loved engaging in lively debate—exchanging and debating ideas without taking it personally,” says Patrick. “A career in law was a natural fit and living in America’s Finest City, Cal Western was the ideal place to earn my JD.”

Patrick credits Cal Western for preparing her to be a trial lawyer, citing her time on the competitive trial team as a pivotal point in building her skills.

“Cal Western had a rigorous trial team program, which taught me many of the courtroom skills necessary for trial work,” says Patrick. “The law school then provided the contacts I needed to land a job as a trial lawyer.”

Patrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with a focus on the psychology of attraction. She decided to use the research and knowledge she gained to create a book designed to help people stay safe by increasing their ability to perceive dangerous and manipulative people. The book, Red Flags, was published in 2015 and has received many positive reviews.

From media appearances to motivational speaking to being a concert violinist with the La Jolla Symphony, Patrick’s talents seem to have no bounds, and her explanation as to how she achieves balance in her life is astonishingly simple.

“The common denominator is communication,” explains Patrick. “I have a passion for people, which fuels all of my interests, from the personal to the professional.”

Somehow, Patrick makes it all work, and her total commitment to the legal profession has been recognized by her peers, having been named one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript and recognized as one of San Diego’s Super Lawyers.

Patrick acknowledges that California Western’s alumni network is exceptionally strong in San Diego, and a perfect launching point for alums wanting to practice in this vibrant city. She always finds time to advise students and alums on following a career in law.

“As a Cal Western graduate, you are fortunate to live in a city with so many well-connected, talented alums, who are delighted to help you succeed. Take advantage of it!”