Patrick D. Boyle, Attorney at Law

Professional Background
Patrick became licensed in Illinois in 2005, and subsequently worked in two boutique Chicago litigation firms specializing in Landlord/Tenant lawsuits and general civil litigation. In 2010, Patrick moved to Minnesota and accepted a position as an associate attorney at Skjold Barthel Business Attorneys (later Skjold Parrington). Patrick worked at Skjold Barthel/Skjold Parrington from October 2010 to April 2012, during which time he was again involved in all manner of civil disputes and general business litigation. Patrick was involved in all manner of complex commercial litigation including mortgage foreclosures, homeowners’ insurance claims and litigation, securities litigation, FINRA arbitrations, shareholder disputes, insurance disputes, labor and employment issues and contractual disputes.

In 2012, Chris Parrington and Ben Skjold, the principals of Skjold Parrington, accepted positions at Foley Mansfield. As a result, on May 1, 2012, Patrick opened his own firm and became a solo practitioner focusing his practice on mortgage foreclosure defense and homeowners’ insurance disputes from the perspective of the homeowner. Since opening his firm, Patrick has also begun assisting individuals in declaring Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, settling general personal debts, and helping clients to repair and better manage their finances.

Patrick’s practice now focuses on Mortgage Foreclosure and Bankruptcy and he has assisted dozens of Minnesota homeowners in saving their homes and achieving modifications of their mortgages. He has become a staple as a representative of borrowers in mortgage matters and has appeared before both the Minnesota Court and Federal Court on these matters countless times. He has been commended by clients, judges, attorneys acting on behalf of banks, and bank employees for his knowledge, understanding, responsiveness and communicativeness.

Professionally, Patrick’s passion remains assisting individuals in resolving their legal and financial difficulties.

Personal Background
Patrick grew up near Baltimore, MD and is the fourth of six children in a wonderful family with whom he remains very close. After a childhood and adolescence spent studying, reading, playing sports and debating with his elders (which left more than one adult demanding that he attend law school as soon as he was old enough to do so), Patrick attended The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Amid occasional studying and more frequent shenanigans, Patrick met his future wife (Julia), managed to graduate, and finalized his applications to law school. After college, Patrick and Julia moved to Chicago, where they attended law school and graduate school, respectively. Ultimately, Patrick and Julia spent eight years in Chicago before moving back to Edina, MN where Julia grew up.

On January 3, 2014, Patrick and Julia were blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Grady Ryan.

When he is not working, Patrick can be found running, playing golf, reading, and generally enjoying Minnesota’s many parks and lakes with Grady and Julia.

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Juris Doctorate.
2002 – 2005

Activities and Awards: Finalist, Rovner Oral Argument Competition for Appellate Advocacy; Recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Telecommunications Law.

The College of William and Mary
B.A., English, History
1998 – 2002

Amber Runkle, Paralegal/Office Manager

Amber has been in the legal field for 14 years, after being offered the opportunity as a legal secretary in a small boutique law firm in Edina, Minnesota in 1999, and prior to obtaining her degree as a Paralegal. After attending Inver Hills Community College and Hamline University, she quickly advanced and loves all aspects of law. She began as a Legal Administrative Assistant in Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, and Transactional Law in mid-sized Firms in downtown Minneapolis in 2002, and has also been a Dakota County Senior Court Clerk and Bail Bond Agent.

In 2004, Amber began her career at Lamey & Pacyga, P.A., a small boutique law firm practicing in Bankruptcy law and Criminal Defense law. She carries an array of responsibilities but was mainly the Paralegal to Ryan Pacyga. Within one year, the Partnership dissolved, and Amber was asked to continue on as the Paralegal and Office Manager creating, managing and assisting the solo attorney/firm of Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, P.A. until December 2011.

Amber joined Patrick on May 1, 2012, as the Paralegal, Office Manager, and Billing Manager. Along with the many tasks and duties of multiple titles, she was asked to assist, implement and facilitate the start-up of The Law Office of Patrick D. Boyle, P.A., as she had previously and successfully done. She created and is responsible for firm’s technology infrastructure, polices procedures, and other basic/advanced aspects in managing the firm. She currently manages the firm and performs the everyday tasks of an Office Manager, alongside her main duties as a Paralegal to Patrick.

Amber assists Patrick in the areas of Bankruptcy Law, Mortgage Foreclosure, Insurance Disputes, and General Business litigation. She is responsible for assisting with daily case management, case work, research, drafting pleadings and other documents, filing and serving court documents, meeting with potential clients and performing intake assessments alongside Patrick. She is the first point of contact for all bankruptcy clients, and is primarily responsible for the management and maintenance of the firm’s bankruptcy practice.

Amber is married for over 10 years, and lives in the South suburbs of St. Paul. She has two young school aged children to manage along with her busy work schedule.

Char Johnson

Charmaine (“Char”) joined the firm in November 2011, as an administrative assistant and receptionist. Char works with Patrick and Amber on mortgage foreclosure cases, and is directly responsible for client communications, gathering and submitting documentation and information from our clients, and providing it to the appropriate individuals. Char attends to all office duties of the firm, and answers incoming calls, keeps clients informed of case status, assists in managing the firm’s office and court calendars, assists in Amber in all the firms’ accounts payable/receivable and in bankruptcy cases, and maintains the client files. Char also assists Patrick with case work, including submission of documents to banks and mortgage lenders, preparation of correspondence, and management of the firm’s client lists. Char has gained a significant place in the firm’s daily operation, and is constantly working her way into the firm’s areas of practice very quickly. She has grown during her time with the firm, and is currently moving forward to obtain her degree in as a Legal Administrative Assistant.

Outside of work, Char enjoys spending time with her daughter, Laney (8 years old). Char and Laney enjoy ice skating, playing games, and being outside. Char likes staying active and is busy playing softball in fall and summer leagues in town. Char is a self-proclaimed artist and enjoys painting on the weekends.

Anna Bishop

Anna is a third year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School where she will graduate in May 2014. Anna has focused her studies on personal income and corporate tax law and is interested in assisting individuals and businesses navigate the tax system. Anna has worked with Patrick for 3 years, beginning at Skjold Barthel/Skjold Parrington from September 2010 to December 2011 and then assisting Patrick as his law clerk beginning in May 2012. She has also spent time clerking at Siegel Brill P.A. in Minneapolis and at Snap Fitness, Inc. in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Anna is currently serving as the lead Managing Editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law.
Prior to law school, Anna received a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Bethel University in St. Paul, graduating summa cum laude in 2010.

While not studying or working, Anna can be found running, reading, or enjoying a Minnesota Twins game.

University of Minnesota, J.D. expected, May 2014
Bethel University, B.A., summa cum laude, December 2010

Lead Managing Editor, Minnesota Journal of international Law, 2013-2014; Staff, 2012-2013
Dean’s List, University of Minnesota Law School

Failure of Complementarity: The Future of the International Criminal Court Following the Libyan Admissibility Challenge, 22 Minn. J. Int’l L. 388 (Summer 2013)

Other Services

By utilizing the firm’s extensive experience and resources, the Law Office of Patrick D. Boyle will utilize any means necessary to achieve the objective of each matter with which it is presented. The Law Office of Patrick D. Boyle represents clients with respect to the following areas of law.