Patrice earned her B.A. from the University of Houston, an M.A. from Abilene Christian University, and an M.S. from Texas Tech University. She then received her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Pro Bono College State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Further, she is involved with the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Women Lawyers, the Association of Women Attorneys, the American Association of Justice, and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.