ABOUT PATRICK C. CROWELL
Patrick Crowell lives in eastern unincorporated Orlando, Florida, but was born a sixth generation Californian on October 10, 1953. Raised in Orange County, California, it seemed he spent most of his time in the water – as a competitive swimmer, water polo player and surfer. When he wasn’t swimming or surfing, he enjoyed playing guitar. Today, he still enjoys swimming, guitar and surfing – especially when hurricane surf hits the Florida coast.
In 1958, Patrick’s father started his career with Disney, and became a high level executive when Disney expanded its operations and relocated him to Central Florida during the 1970s. After lifeguarding and attending junior college in California, Patrick soon followed his family to Florida. Between living in Orange County, California, the home of Disneyland, and Orange County, Florida, with Walt Disney World, Patrick has practically lived in “Orange County” all of his life. He has held numerous theme park positions including his first job at ten years old as a shoe shine boy at the employees’ barbershop in Disneyland – providing shines for 25 cents a pop.
It was while he was attending Rollins College in Winter Park that Patrick’s passion for rowing was sparked. Although a rookie to the sport, Patrick was physically fit enough to make a very fast varsity eight-man crew. His college crew won the Florida State championship and the Southeastern Regionals in 1976, and placed third at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia – considered to be the small-college Nationals. That crew went on to compete in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at Rollins, graduating with high honors, Patrick worked as a carpenter’s apprentice for a brief amount of time when, almost on a lark, he applied for and was accepted to the University of Florida College of Law – thus, beginning his legal career. A member of The Florida Bar since 1981, he has practiced law for more than 39 years. Patrick worked as the in-house construction attorney at Walt Disney World for over three years. Since then, he has also become a certified civil, family and appellate mediator and helps parties resolve their differences.
In 1991, Patrick became a world champion double sculler in the world of Master’s rowing, and rowed in an eight-man crew of local Orlando rowers who beat the 1980 Olympic gold medalist eight from Russia. In 1992, he won a first place national medal in his single shell. Patrick travels to Costa Rica often in search of bigger waves than those Florida has to offer.
Patrick is married to his beautiful wife, Lisa, and enjoys his entertaining dog, Frodo. Together, they reside in the country with over two acres on a Florida lake. Patrick enjoys his family and dog, rowing, surfing, guitar, and hiking.