Patricia G. Young, a Louisiana native, earned both her B.S. degree in Business and Public Administration and her Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University. While in undergraduate school, Patti was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a National Scholastic Honorary Society for students of business and management. During her law school senior year, Patti was a finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court competition and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Upon graduation from law school, and before entering the private practice of law, Patti worked for one year as a research associate for the LSU Mineral Law Institute, during which time she delivered a lecture on recent developments in mineral law at the Annual Mineral Law Institute program, and authored a paper on the same topic for the Institute’s annual publication. Patti went on to practice law in Louisiana for approximately eleven years in the areas of oil and gas, estate planning, successions and contracts, before moving with her family to Texas and, subsequently, to North Carolina.
In 2006, Patti earned her license to practice law in the state of North Carolina. That same year, she entered the master’s program at Campbell University in Trusts and Wealth Management and graduated magna cum laude from that program in 2007. During her master’s program, Patti graduated from the 38th Annual Southeaster Trust School hosted by Campbell University. Following graduation from Campbell, Patti went to work as a Senior Trust Officer of personal trusts, performing services for clients which included relationship management, trust administration, and estate planning. Patti performed such services with regard to trusts such as Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, among others.
Patti thereafter entered the practice of law in North Carolina, focusing primarily on estate planning and administration, probate, contracts, business entity formations and operation, and trust and fiduciary litigation. Following five years of law practice, Patti ventured back into the financial services industry, during which time she worked as a retirement planning and guidance consultant and as a Senior Trust Administrator for charitable trusts. In her role as a senior trust administrator, Patti administered primarily private foundations and various forms of charitable split interest trusts, including charitable remainder and charitable lead annuity and unitrusts, by servicing the requests and needs of beneficiaries, committee members, and board members of such trusts and by ensuring appropriate and timely trust distributions in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.
In 2017, Patti returned to the private practice of law and is utilizing the skills she learned during these ventures to broaden the scope of the services she provides to clients. As part of such return to private practice, Patti re-joined the Dutel Law Firm of counsel, having practiced with the firm from 1993-1996. Patti’s practice focuses primarily on business law and litigation, estate planning, successions, business entity formations, trust administration, and trust and fiduciary litigation.
Patti is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, all Louisiana State Courts, the North Carolina bar, and all North Carolina state courts.