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Patrick Collins, a member of the firm's Executive Committee, is a highly accomplished trial attorney and investigator who focuses on representing companies and individuals in complex civil and criminal matters in federal courts throughout the United States. Considered one of the highest-profile attorneys in Chicago, Patrick has tried over 20 federal cases to verdict, and prevailed in each of them. In January 2010, Patrick was selected by the Chicago Law Bulletin as one of Chicago's "Top Ten" attorneys of the last decade. 

Since joining the firm in April 2007, Patrick has established and aggressively grown the Chicago Office's Investigations and White Collar practice. Patrick has led teams conducting internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies and public entities; Patrick also has represented individuals and companies in high-profile federal court litigation and in sensitive financial probes before various U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the SEC, and the CFTC.

Drawing heavily on his experience as a nationally recognized authority in public corruption matters, Patrick has provided preventive counseling and has conducted internal investigations regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.  He also has counseled universities and top university officials on a broad range of sensitive legal issues.

While at Perkins Coie, Patrick also has been selected for numerous independent, high-profile public engagements. In September 2009, Patrick was appointed by the United States Trustee and confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as the Chapter 11 trustee for the A & O Life Fund LLC and six related estates. In January 2009, Patrick was appointed by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn to chair the Illinois Reform Commission, which was tasked with making recommendations for ethical reform for Illinois government. In 2007, Patrick was selected as lead trial counsel for the Indiana Attorney General's Office in a ground-breaking civil RICO case, and, in 2008, as outside counsel for Wayne County Airport Authority's investigation of its multimillion dollar Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program (DBE), which led to a Department of Justice civil settlement with airport contractors for fraudulent DBE activities.

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 12 years in Chicago, the last four of which were as a supervisor in the corruption unit for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. During his tenure, he spearheaded the eight-year Operation Safe Road investigation and led the prosecution team in the six-month trial and conviction of former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Patrick regularly speaks to in-house counsel and corporate audiences on a variety of white collar topics, including conducting internal investigations and responding to sensitive inquiries by government agencies.  In January 2010, following his leadership role on the Illinois Reform Commission, Patrick authored a book entitled Challenging the Culture of Corruption: Game Changing Reform for Illinois.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Consumer Protection: 30%

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Perkins Coie

131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60603-5559


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199111/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Judge Robert Smith Ethics in Government AwardJustinian Society of Lake County2010
ListedIllinois Super Lawyers2010
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
"Top 10" of 10Chicago Law Bulletin2010
ListedIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership AwardPerkins Coie LLP2009
ListedIllinois Super Lawyers2008
Attorney's General AwardOperation Safe Road2006
Stars of Distinction AwardChicago Crime Commission2006
Chief Postal Inspector's AwardOperation Safe Road2003
40 Under 40Crain's Chicago Business2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Investigations & White Collar CrimePerkins Coie LLP2007 - Present
Deputy Chief, Public Corruption SectionU.S. Attorney's Office, Northern Disitrict IL2004 - 2007
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District IL1995 - 2004
AssociateSachnoff & Weaver, Ltd.1991 - 1995
Financial AnalystThe First Boston Corporation1986 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Public Corruption and Extortion SubcommitteeCo-chair2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Indiana v. Robert A. Pastrick, et alDistrict court Judge James Moody ordered former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick and his former aides to pay more than $108 million in damages for their role in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.
Wayne County Airport AuthorityThe DOJ announced a $1.4 million settlement with two former contractors for fraudulent participation in the WCAA's DBE program. The investigation and settlement resulted from Patrick's team's findings, which were turned over to the federal government.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Notre Dame UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2011 General Counsel InstituteThe GC and Crisis Managment2011
FCPA National InstituteManaging Multi-Jurisdictional Internal & Government Investigations2010
Annual Meeting of the Seventh Circuit Association & Judicial Conference of the Seventh CircuitHonest Services2010
ABA National Institute on White Collar CrimeCash in the Freezer: An In-depth Analysis of Public Corruption Prosecutions2010
Practicing Law InstituteInternal Investigations 2009: How to Protect Your Clients or Company2009
Association of Corporate Counsel ChicagoSage Counsel in Crisis: Responding Effectively When a Crisis Comes Knocking2009
ABA Annual MeetingHot Topics and Recent Developments in Public Corruption Investigations & Government Ethics2009