Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D.

Wendy Patrick

Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. is a career trial attorney, legal commentator, and expert in criminal law, recently named the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section.  She has also been recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  She has completed over 150 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.  

In her current assignment as a deputy district attorney in the Special Operations Division, she handles cases involving sensitive issues, including threat assessment.  She is also President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. In her prior assignment she prosecuted cases involving sexual assault, child molestation, human trafficking, and sexually violent predators. She began her career as a criminal defense attorney and is well versed in criminal law and advocacy from both sides of the aisle.

Dr. Patrick has over 300 media appearances. She appears regularly on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, HLN, Al Jazeera America, and a wide variety of national and international programs.  She guest anchors One America News Network, and is a frequent radio contributor, having also served as a radio host.

Dr. Patrick also specializes in business ethics and teaches upper division courses at San Diego State University. She had her own ethics column in the San Diego Daily Transcript for more than a decade, and teaches ethics nationally on a regular basis. She has been quoted in a variety of sources including USA Today, US News and World Report, Washington Post, Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek, CSNBC, CNN.com, and The Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared as an expert commentator on many media programs, locally and nationally, discussing issues concerning business ethics.

Bringing a well-rounded perspective to her commentary, Dr. Patrick also is author of Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Other Toxic People in Every Area of Your Life and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Reading People (revision, Random House 2008), and author of  She has a Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Bethel Seminary, and a PhD in Theology from the University of Wales.

*The views expressed by Dr. Patrick in this column are her own, are not made in any official capacity, and are not attributable to her employer.

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