Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Patricia Sawyer earned her J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2011 where she graduated with a certificate in Health Law. Patricia previously attended Oklahoma City University where she obtained her B.S.N., Magna Cum Laude. She worked as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until her admission to the bar in 2011.
Before joining Whitten Burrage, Patricia worked as a staff attorney at the OU Health Sciences Center (“OUHSC”) where she served as primary counsel for the College of Nursing, College of Public Health, and College of Allied Heath. Her work at OUHSC focused on healthcare law, regulatory compliance, healthcare acquisitions, and contract law.
At Whitten Burrage, Patricia enjoys a diverse legal practice with a primary focus in the areas of Native American law, corporate transactional law, employment law, healthcare law and litigation. Patricia frequently teams up with Michael Burrage to litigate high stakes, complex matters involving a variety of legal issues, including bad faith insurance practices, healthcare disputes, wrongful termination and wrongful death. Patricia was a member of the legal team that successfully litigated a divorce with assets in the billions of dollars. She has also represented the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations in negotiations with the federal government and the State of Oklahoma, before the Tenth Circuit of Appeals, and in international business transactions.
Patricia has real world experience in the healthcare industry and frontline critical patient care experience in one of the most stressful and important settings, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Combining that knowledge with her legal training makes Patricia uniquely qualified and able to relate to clients that find themselves in need of legal help and to effectively deliver that help through results-driven advice and action.
She practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the District Courts for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission. Patricia is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Chickasaw Nation Bar Association and Choctaw Nation Bar Association. Continuing her lifelong commitment to her community, Patricia provides legal services to clients at the YWCA Inez Kenney Gaylord Emergency Shelter through Legal Aid of Oklahoma.