About Patrick

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Hi there, I’m Patrick Kolasinski, and it is my pleasure to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about who I am and why I am running for this seat.

So, Who Is Patrick Kolasinski?

That’s me! I am an attorney who practices primarily immigration and criminal defense law in Stanislaus County. Having grown up here, I have a deep love for our county and region, and I look forward to serving the community that has given me so much. Much of my childhood was spent in Denair, Hughson, and Modesto, where I now make my home.

When I started my law practice, I returned to my roots and opened up shop in downtown Modesto, in the office where I had met my first lawyer as a child. I have spent the last seven years building my practice and giving back to the community, and am proud to be active in and with a variety of local organizations, including:

  • The Tuolumne River Woodworking Association
  • The Stanislaus County Court Criminal Bar Association
  • The Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • The Wray Ladine American Inn of Court
  • The Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • El Concillio
  • The Stanislaus Latino PAC
  • The Stanislaus Family Justice Center
  • Lightbox Theatre

I also run an active mentorship program for local students, ranging from High School through Law School, volunteer with the annual Stanislaus County Mock Trial Competition, and volunteer my time at local schools and organizations to educate the community on immigration issues and civic engagement.

When I’m not doing all these fun things, I like to relax with my incredible wife, Vallerie, sailing, woodworking (especially woodturning), and just plain, old-fashioned relaxing. We have had the great fortune of sharing our home with a wonderful exchange student from Germany, Damian, for most of this school year, who has convinced me to give rock climbing at Stonehenge in downtown Modesto a shot, so that may be a new hobby soon.

And Why Do You Want to Be the District Attorney?

I am motivated to run out of a sense of duty to my community. In my work in our courts and as part of the Stanislaus County Court Criminal Bar Association, I have seen first-hand the problems facing our District Attorney’s office. It seems clear to me that many of these problems are the result of bad management, and I finally realized that I should do something more than just complain about it.

After spending years managing businesses and organizations both large and small, I have the skills and abilities that our community needs to ensure that our District Attorney’s office is an example for California to follow, rather than an embarrassing stain on our county’s reputation. I will be addressing the challenges I see and my solutions to those challenges on the platform page shortly.