Patricia was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies with a minor in History and Diversity. After college, she worked for the University of Washington Foundation as a Project Manager and Assistant Director.
In 2016, Patricia and her husband made the cross-country journey to Columbia, South Carolina where she then attended law school at the University of South Carolina. While there, Patricia was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Education, President of Women in Law, and a Pro Bono Board Member. Patricia became a law clerk for Susan R. Strom during her time in law school and through that position was able to gain vast experience in family court litigation. She was also a student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic and a student member of the Inn of Court. Patricia graduated cum laude, with a concentration in Children’s Law and at graduation was awarded the prestigious Bronze Compleat Lawyer Award—an award given to three students who demonstrated potential to be outstanding lawyers through their high standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism.
Patricia is an active member of the Richland County Bar Association, and of the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Bar Association.