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Patrick L. Woodward

Patrick L. Woodward

Davenport, Iowa

Pat Woodward is a Quad Cities native who after serving as a JAG in the U.S. Navy returned to the Quad Cities. A skilled and well-versed trial lawyer who over the past 30 years has tried over 120 civil jury trials in both state and federal courts, Pat has represented clients in many different types of cases from personal injury arising from automobile crashes, falls, death cases as a result of an explosion, automobile – semi truck collisions to injuries arising in the work place and has successfully represented clients in business disputes, construction cases and insurance coverage disputes and before the Workers Compensation Commissioner and has argued more than 20 cases in both state and federal appellate courts.

Recognized as an accomplished trial lawyer by his peers, Pat has been selected to the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of numerous professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of trial by jury. In his practice, while understanding that many cases resolve prior to trial, Pat approaches each case with a mindset to win at trial. He utilizes team approach in each case to ensure a complete and thorough representation and emphasizes client participation and involvement.

Pat is a certified mediator having successfully completed the University of Texas Center for Conflict Resolution mediation training and utilizes this experience and knowledge to assist his clients, often reaching the best and most fulfilling resolution of their disputes short of trial and if not, having ensured all such avenues have been fully explored.

Pat looks forward to having the opportunity to discuss your legal matters with you and if needed, having the honor and privilege of representing you.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Employment Law
  • Construction Law
  • Mediation
  • Industrial and Workplace Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000
  • Illinois, 2011


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • St. Ambrose University, Davenport
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors

Honors and Awards

  • AV peer review rating from Marindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • Scott County Bar Association, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • Iowa Association of Justice, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Navy, Lieutenant, JAGC, 1983 - 1986

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McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, P.C., Attorneys At Law
3432 Jersey Ridge Road
Davenport, IA 52807
Phone: 563-275-4998
Fax: 563-355-1354
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