Patrick Otlewski is a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice, twice named by Law360 as “White Collar Practice Group of the Year.” Patrick advises and represents corporate and individual clients in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.
An accomplished trial lawyer, Patrick is an effective advocate for his clients in criminal and civil cases. Patrick has taken a dozen cases to trial in federal court, with successful verdicts in each case.
Patrick’s experience includes investigations and enforcement matters with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Patrick’s success and experience spans cases involving bank fraud, commodities fraud, securities fraud, computer and cyber-crime, theft of trade secrets, racketeering, and corruption.
Before joining King & Spalding, Patrick served for more than seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. There, Patrick led grand jury investigations, prosecuted complex and high-profile criminal cases through to trial, and argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Notable cases include a four-week trial involving the largest fraud by dollar amount in Chicago’s history including fraud and manipulation by the president and CEO of a commodities firm, the prosecution of two defendants engaged in computer intrusion and theft of trade secrets from a global Chicago-based financial institution, and the investigation, prosecution and four-month trial of defendants who led a decade-long deadly criminal enterprise.
While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Patrick served as a Deputy Chief of General Crimes. In that leadership role, Patrick trained new Assistant U.S. Attorneys on federal criminal procedure, trials, grand jury practice, and investigative techniques. He also was responsible for supervising all aspects of these new federal prosecutors’ cases, from investigations to charging and plea decisions.
Earlier in his career, Patrick spent three years as a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where Patrick represented companies and individuals in white-collar criminal, securities and commodities, and class action litigation. Before that, Patrick clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.
- J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
- B.S. Mathematics, University of Notre Dame
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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