Patrick Bouldin, Esq. (502) 905-8177

Patrick Bouldin
Patrick began his litigation career at the Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 1992 where, as a legal intern, he prosecuted felony cases while attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. After graduating near the top of his law school class, Patrick became a trial attorney with the Jefferson County Public Defender's Office. He began his tenure in the Adult Trial Division, and was later promoted to the Major Litigation Division. In his four years with the office, Patrick successfully tried dozen of cases ranging from misdemeanor offenses, to serious and complicated murder cases. In 1998, Patrick joined the Western Kentucky Community Defender’s Office (Federal Defender's Office), as the youngest attorney ever hired. As both a trial and appellate attorney, Patrick has tried dozens of federal cases in all divisions of the district, and successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Since 2006, Patrick has been an adjunct professor in both Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice at the Brandeis School of Law. Additionally, he has lectured numerous times at the local and national level, presenting on topics involving trial techniques, federal law, evidence, and ethics. After successfully utilizing focus groups, mock trials and a jury consultant himself for a seven-week death-penalty murder trial in 2009, Patrick founded Trial In Focus to assist other litigators as they prepare for trial. Patrick soon partnered with accomplished attorneys Brian Butler and Alex Dathorne.

Patrick Bouldin's Legal Experience

Assistant Federal Defender, Western District of Kentucky

An Assistant Federal Defender since 1998, Patrick practices in the Federal Courts of Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, Fort Knox and Owensboro. According the United States District Court Clerk’s Office, Patrick has defended over 800 federal cases in the district. He has tried and litigated federal cases involving murder, organized crime, drugs, fraud, robbery, environmental crime and death penalty cases. Additionally, Patrick has successfully argued a number of appeals at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

ssistant Public Defender / Major Litigation Division, Louisville, Kentucky

As a trial attorney with the Major Litigation Division of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender, Patrick litigated death-penalty eligible murder cases, and other complicated cases.

Assistant Public Defender / Adult Trial Division, Louisville, Kentucky

As a trial attorney in the Adult Trial Division of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender, Patrick obtained significant trial experience trying cases involving white collar fraud, murder, robbery, domestic violence, sexual offenses, theft, and drug trafficking.


Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, J.D. (1993)

  • Dean's List
  • Law Review
  • Top 10% of class
  • Campus Senator

University of Kentucky, B.A. (1990)

  • Dean’s List
  • Vice-President & Treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity


  • Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville (Trial & Advanced Trial Practice)
  • Federal Defender National Training Group (Ethics)
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Advocacy in Federal Court)
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (Advocacy in Federal Court)
  • Louisville Bar Association (Federal Evidence & Law)
  • National Business Institute (Trial Skills)
  • Lorman Educational Services (Trial Skills involving DUI trials)


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
  • Top Louisville Lawyers, Louisville Magazine
  • Kentucky's Super Lawyers
  • Business First’s Forty under 40
  • Louisville Bar Association’s Young Criminal Justice Lawyer of the Year
  • 500th Acquittal Award, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender