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Patrick M. Collins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Perkins Coie LLP

Patrick Collins is a highly accomplished trial attorney and investigator who focuses on representing companies and executives 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 has been selected for numerous high-stakes engagements and has achieved successful outcomes for individual and corporate clients. Recently, Patrick led Perkins’ successful representation of Google and Boeing in sensitive, high-profile matters.

As institutions of higher education have come under increasing levels of scrutiny, Patrick has conducted independent internal investigations and counseled officials across a range of sensitive issues, from allegations of False Claims Act violations to misconduct in athletic departments to claims of impropriety in the admission process.

While at Perkins Coie, Patrick also has been selected for numerous independent, high-profile public engagements. In 2008, Patrick was selected 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. 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 and in 2007, Patrick was selected as lead trial counsel for the Indiana Attorney General's Office and obtained a $108 million federal court judgment for the State of Indiana.

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.

Case History

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


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

Client Comments

  • "Patrick brings tremendous ability and credibility to bear. He is a straight-forward communicator, a style which is very much appreciated."


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131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
Phone: 312-324-8558
Firm Phone: 312-324-8400

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation


  • University of Notre Dame (BA)
  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association