G. Patrick Hunter III grew up in Charlotte, N.C.. He comes from a family that has produced four other well known lawyers who have also practiced law in Charlotte, including his father and brother. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration, Patrick attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan where he was awarded his Juris Doctor. He returned to Charlotte where he established his own law practice with a focus on wrongful death, construction accident, and auto accident cases.
He is married and has two young daughters who attend school in Charlotte. His wife, Ingrid, is a Librarian who has worked in public libraries and schools throughout Charlotte. Their family enjoys the outdoors, swimming and hiking together.
Beginning at a young age, Patrick worked on numerous commercial construction projects undertaken by his father. He always enjoyed construction work and today he continues to work as a commercial builder in addition to his legal practice. This lifelong involvement in the construction industry has provided Patrick with unique knowledge and interest in the safety aspects of construction. He has used his experience to develop a successful practice in handling construction accident cases. Knowledge of construction safety codes and regulations helps Patrick quickly analyze and vigorously pursue claims an behalf of this clients who are injured or killed on construction sites.
Fifteen years ago, Patrick was appointed to serve as Legal Counsel to the Mexican Consulate. Since that time, the Latino population in North Carolina and the surrounding States has grown dramatically. Patrick's work with the Consulate has helped thousands of Mexicans recover full compensation for their injuries or deaths of their family members.
In 1997, his dedication to immigrant rights caused him to draft and work for the passage of an important change in North Carolina workers' compensation law. North Carolina's then existing law permitted workers' compensation benefits paid to a foreign family to be reduced by half. Patrick drafted a revised version of the law and found a Senate sponsor to introduce the legislation. Two years of intense lobbying and political maneuvering finally paid off with the passage of Senate Bill 263; which changed North Carolina General Statute 97-38(3) to allow families of foreign workers killed in North Carolina to receive full workers' compensation death benefits. Since that time, millions of dollars of benefits that would have otherwise been withheld have been paid to these families of deceased foreign workers.
Although he lives and maintains his law office in Charlotte, Patrick handles cases in States all along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. He has represented clients in cases located in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Texas. In over twenty years of practice, he has brought actions against major trucking companies, large construction contractors, major industrial employers, and virtually every large insurance company in the country.