Patrick M. Collins
Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
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
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
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 Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois