Patrick M. Collins - Perkins Coie LLP

Patrick M. Collins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 312-324-8558

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.

University of Notre DameBA The University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.

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

Client Comments

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

Office Location

131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation