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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.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1991||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The Judge Robert Smith Ethics in Government Award||Justinian Society of Lake County||2010|
|Listed||Illinois Super Lawyers||2010|
|Listed||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|"Top 10" of 10||Chicago Law Bulletin||2010|
|Listed||Illinois Super Lawyers||2009|
|Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership Award||Perkins Coie LLP||2009|
|Listed||Illinois Super Lawyers||2008|
|Attorney's General Award||Operation Safe Road||2006|
|Stars of Distinction Award||Chicago Crime Commission||2006|
|Chief Postal Inspector's Award||Operation Safe Road||2003|
|40 Under 40||Crain's Chicago Business||2003|
|Partner, Investigations & White Collar Crime||Perkins Coie LLP||2007 - Present|
|Deputy Chief, Public Corruption Section||U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern Disitrict IL||2004 - 2007|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District IL||1995 - 2004|
|Associate||Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd.||1991 - 1995|
|Financial Analyst||The First Boston Corporation||1986 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Public Corruption and Extortion Subcommittee||Co-chair||2010 - Present|
|State of Indiana v. Robert A. Pastrick, et al||District 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 Authority||The 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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|Bloomberg Law Reports||FCPA Enforcement Officials Up the Ante on Self-Disclosures||2010|
|Directorship Magazine||Can Dodd-Frank Deliver on Its Whistleblower Protection Promise?"||2010|
|ABA Criminal Justice Newsletter||FCPA Practitioner Tips for Running a Foreign Language Document Review and Interviews||2010|
|White Collar Crime Report||"Off to the RICO Races? Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision in Boyle"||2009|
|White Collar Crime Report||"Someone's Listening: How Wiretaps Can Transform High-Profile White Collar Investigations"||2009|
|University of Chicago Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Notre Dame University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|2011 General Counsel Institute||The GC and Crisis Managment||2011|
|FCPA National Institute||Managing Multi-Jurisdictional Internal & Government Investigations||2010|
|Annual Meeting of the Seventh Circuit Association & Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit||Honest Services||2010|
|ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime||Cash in the Freezer: An In-depth Analysis of Public Corruption Prosecutions||2010|
|Practicing Law Institute||Internal Investigations 2009: How to Protect Your Clients or Company||2009|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Chicago||Sage Counsel in Crisis: Responding Effectively When a Crisis Comes Knocking||2009|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Public Corruption Investigations & Government Ethics||2009|