Robert L. Patterson

Bob-Patterson

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
650 Town Center Drive, Suite 1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Telephone: 714.435.9592
Fax: 714.850.9011

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
103 Carnegie Center Blvd., Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540

Telephone: 609.955.3393
Fax: 609.520.8731

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262

Telephone: 760.322.2275
Fax: 760.322.2107
Email: patterson@sbemp.com

Robert Patterson is an experienced transactional attorney who practices in the areas of real estate, business and public agency law at Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy & Pinkney.  Mr. Patterson has over 20 years of experience in the purchase and sale of commercial, agricultural, residential and undeveloped real estate.  He also represents landowners in the preparation, negotiation and interpretation of leases, covenants conditions and restrictions and other real estate documents.  He represents both banks and businesses in real estate secured loan transactions, related foreclosure and enforcement actions as well as loan workouts.  He also has personal knowledge and experience concerning the healthcare and agricultural industries that is useful to his clients in these areas.

Mr. Patterson represents both hospitals and physicians.  He is General Counsel to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning California.  He has represented the sellers of public and private Hospitals. He has also represented many physicians in a number of different specialties and is knowledgeable about their businesses and the legal issues that they encounter.  He is familiar with the Health & Safety Code Sections covering California Healthcare Districts.  He advises physicians and hospitals on the federal Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and California law equivalents. He is experienced structuring professional service agreements, lease agreements and management contracts for hospitals and physicians given the fraud and abuse and Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) restrictions.  He has represented the buyers and sellers of medical practices.  He has also represented physicians in the development, sale and operation of medical office buildings.

Mr. Patterson has negotiated and closed numerous mergers and acquisitions of businesses such as television and radio stations, restaurants, professional practices, a payroll company and other businesses.  He is experienced in forming and advising corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.  He also drafts and interprets business contracts including healthcare related contracts, employment contracts, professional service contracts and consulting agreements.

Mr. Patterson has served as Assistant City Attorney for several cities in California and as General Counsel to healthcare districts and a community services district.  In these roles he has experience in the Brown Act open meetings laws, conflicts of interest law, including the Political Reform Act and Government Code Section 1090, the Public Records Act and other provisions of the Government Code.  Mr. Patterson attends meetings of public agencies and advises them on legal issues both in open and closed session, as appropriate.  He has also worked on public finance transactions, taxes and assessments and public contracting issues for his public agency clients.

Mr. Patterson was born at UCLA Medical Center and grew up in Los Angeles.  He graduated from UCLA, cum laude, in 1985 and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1989.  He is interested in history, horticulture and farming.