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Patrick Zitek

Negotiator & Attorney

Patrick Zitek is an experienced negotiator and attorney. His negotiation experience includes corporate deal-making in diverse areas such as software contracts, shareholder buy-outs, and federal tax liabilities. He practices law in Minnesota where he also serves an an Adjunct Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He teaches negotiation and theories of conflict. Patrick has been a coach of the Mitchell Hamline Negotiation Competition Team since 2016 and was a coach of the Hamline University School of Law's Negotiation Competition Team from 2010-2016. During this time, several of Patrick's teams have advanced to the Final Round of the American Bar Association's Annual Competition, including a 3rd place finish (2013) as well as coaching the 2016 National Champions. In addition, he has coached teams to the International Negotiation Competition, where his 2017 team took home the title of World Champions.


  • Partner & Negotiator, Kennedy & Zitek | Dallas, TX
  • Attorney, Zitek Law Firm | Minneapolis, MN
  • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law | St. Paul, MN
    • Negotiation
    • Theories of Conflict
  • Negotiation Competition Coach, Mitchell Hamline School of Law | St. Paul, MN
    • 2013 American Bar Association National Finalists
    • 2016 American Bar Association National Champions
    • 2017 International Negotiation Competition Champions,  Oslo, Norway



  • J.D. Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul Minnesota
    • Region 7 ABA Negotiation Moot Court Champion,  Omaha, NE
    • Semi-finalist, ABA Negotiation Moot Court National Competition, Boston, MA
    • CALI Award for Excellence: Constitutional Law Seminar
    • CALI Award for Excellence: Advanced Deposition Skills
    • Best Oralist, Legal Research and Writing III
  • B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato Minnesota

Associations & Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer Appellate Attorney, The Veterans Consortium, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Committee Member, Civic Education Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association (former)
  • Member, American Bar Association Advisory Panel (2012)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Minneapolis, MN (former)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Wills for Hero's, Minnesota State Bar Association (former)

Speaking & Teaching Engagements

  • Visiting Professor, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • Visiting Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 Stakeholder Meeting, Nashville, TN
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Stakeholder Meeting, Denver, CO
  • Minnesota Department of Health Stakeholder Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2015 International Radon Symposium, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2015 CRCPD (Cancer Research & Control Program Directors) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2014 International Radon Symposium, Charleston, SC
  • AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists), Continuing Education Instructor (Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Liability & Contracts)

Contact Patrick at or call our office at 972.895.3342