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Patrick M. Collins



Patrick Collins 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 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. 

Patrick brings a responsive and results-driven approach to his client’s matters, and has achieved successful outcomes for individual and corporate clients in high-profile cases.

  • Represented the Boeing Company in a high-profile securities class action litigation related to the 787 Dreamliner airplane; case was dismissed with prejudice
  • Represented Google in negotiating a NPA (non-prosecution agreement) with the District of Rhode Island related to Canadian online pharmacy ads
  • Obtained a rare dismissal of a federal criminal complaint against a business executive; the dismissal of a federal indictment against an international executive; and immunity from prosecution for the CEO of an international trading firm  
Patrick also has been selected for numerous high-stakes public and private engagements where integrity and independence is paramount.   Patrick previously served on the Executive Committee of Perkins Coie.  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.

Other Representative Matters

Internal and Government Investigations 

  • Represented FORTUNE 500 company on competitive bidding matter; investigation concluded and matter closed without regulatory action 
  • Conducted internal investigation for Audit Committee of FORTUNE 500 company 
  • Represented FORTUNE 500 company in ongoing federal grand jury investigation; investigation concluded with no charges 
  • Conducted internal investigation for a FORTUNE 500 company in matters involving possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act 
  • Represented FORTUNE 500 company in an international risk assessment project 
  • Represented multi-national corporation in OFAC matter; obtained "no action" letter from federal government 
  • Represented public company in internal investigation following whistleblower disclosure 
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of executives and corporate entity related to claims of misconduct by company executives 
  • Represented board of public company in a matter relating to officer misconduct 
  • Conducted internal investigation for a private equity firm following acquisition of manufacturing company
  • Served as lead trial counsel in successfully obtaining a $14.8 million verdict on behalf of Ameritox Ltd. over alleged false advertising and unfair competition in the drug-testing market case against rival Millennium Laboratories Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The verdict found that Millennium giving physicians drug-test cups violates anti-kickback and other laws. The court further rejected all of Millennium’s counterclaims against Ameritox in the suit
  • Served as lead trial counsel for The Boeing Company in a product liability lawsuit
  • Represented CEO of e-commerce company in FTC investigation involving deceptive advertising; CEO was not named in enforcement action
  • Represented CEO of an international trading firm in CFTC and U.S. Attorney's Office investigation; CEO obtained immunity from prosecution 
  • Represented former supervisor of financial institution in grand jury investigation of financial misconduct 
  • Represented former CEO of financial firm in CFTC, SEC and USAO investigations 
  • Served as Chapter 11 Trustee for the A & O Life Fund LLC, September 2009 - March 2010  
  • Represented companies in large Chicago-based, antitrust class action matters 
  • Represented business executive in federal fraud matter; obtained dismissal of complaint 
  • Represented construction company executive in criminal case; achieved probationary sentence
University Related  
  • Conducted internal investigation for a major university into a potential false claims violation relating to federal grant funding 
  • Represented Midwestern college in federal lawsuit against Chief Financial Officer 
  • Represented top university officials in state inquiries regarding inappropriate influence in admissions policies

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA as "America's Leading Lawyers" for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2013 - 2014
  • Appointed Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, Public Corruption and Extortion Subcommittee, 2010 - 2012
  • Selected as one of Chicago's "Top Ten" attorneys over the last decade, Chicago Law Bulletin, 2010
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 - Present: Commercial Litigation
  • Listed as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" as published by Law & Politics, 2008 - 2014
  • Rated superb on
  • Chicago Lawyer,  "Ex-Prosecutor Begins to Build a Book of Business," 2007
  • Operation Safe Road
    • Attorney General's Award for Superior Performance by Litigative Team, 2006
    • Chicago Crime Commission, "Stars of Distinction Award," 2006
    • Director's Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA, 2003
    • Chief Postal Inspector's Award, 2003
  • The American Lawyer, "Fed Hots - Eleven AUSAs Worth Tracking," 2003
  • Crain's Chicago Business, "40 Under 40," 2003

Community Involvement

  • The Judge Robert Smith Ethics in Government Award, sponsored by Justinian Society of Lake County, 2010
  • Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2009
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Supervising Attorney, 2007 - present
  • Horizons for Youth, Founder, Former President, Co-Chair Leadership Council, Longtime Volunteer, 1991 - present
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Board Member, 2007 -present
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, Board Member, 2007 - present
  • Better Government Association, Board Member, 2008 - present
  • Perkins Coie Pro Bono Committee, Member, 2007 - present

Related Employment

  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Chicago, IL, Assistant United States Attorney, 1995 - 2007; Deputy Chief, Public Corruption Section, 2004 - 2007 
  • Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, IL, Associate, 1991 - 1995
  • The Collins Law Firm, Chicago, IL, Partner, 1995
  • The First Boston Corporation, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL, Financial Analyst, 1986 - 1988


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1991
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois