Patrick M. Collins is a highly accomplished former federal prosecutor who represents companies and individuals in government and internal investigations as well as in complex civil and criminal matters in federal courts throughout the United States.
A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Patrick is a Partner in the firm’s Special Matters & Investigations Group, twice named “White Collar Practice Group of the Year” by Law360.
Widely recognized as a top trial lawyer and passionate advocate for his clients, Patrick has tried 26 cases to verdict, including four successful trials during 2015 –2016. His experience spans civil and criminal claims, as well as high-profile investigations and other matters before United States Attorneys’ Offices across the country and before the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Law360 featured Patrick as a “Trial Pro” in 2016.
In 2018, Chambers USA recognized Patrick and noted client feedback that “he navigates extreme subtleties with incredible finesse to achieve the best possible outcome. Any client would be lucky to have Patrick represent them.”
Earlier in his career, Patrick served for 12 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago including four years as Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Section. He spearheaded the eight-year Operation Safe Road investigation and, with former U.S. Attorney and now K&S partner Zach Fardon, led the prosecution team in the six-month trial and conviction of former Illinois Governor George Ryan.
Chambers USA has recognized Patrick every year since 2013 noting his “impressive track record in taking criminal and civil cases to verdict” and as well as client feedback that he is “very knowledgeable and an expert in internal investigations. He’s very candid and rigorous. He has a great deal of integrity in the work that he does.”
Throughout his professional career, Patrick has been deeply involved in the Chicago community. In 1991, he founded Horizons for Youth, the only organization in Chicago that provides scholarship, mentoring, enrichment programs, and other support for children from kindergarten through college.
He served as the organization’s President and as Co-Chair of its Leadership Council, and continues to serve as a volunteer. Patrick has served as a Supervising Attorney for Cabrini Green Legal Aid and a member of the Board of Trustees for Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago.
- J.D., University of Chicago Law School
- B.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Member
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