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A former federal prosecutor and now a partner in our Special Matters and Government Investigations practice, Patrick Otlewski has a proven track record of navigating clients through their most sensitive and challenging matters. Patrick defends entities and individuals in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and complex civil litigation; he leads company and Board-driven internal investigations; and he advises clients on crisis management and compliance matters. He has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA as an Up and Coming lawyer in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (Illinois).

Patrick brings his clients the perspective of an accomplished trial lawyer—having won each of the dozen cases he has taken to trial in federal court. He also calls on his prior experience with criminal and civil investigations across the full range of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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. Patrick was a Deputy Chief of General Crimes, responsible for training and supervising new Assistant U.S. Attorneys on federal criminal procedure, grand jury practice, investigative techniques, and trials. Patrick led hundreds of grand jury investigations, prosecuted high-profile criminal cases through to trial, and briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Patrick’s notable cases as a federal prosecutor include the trial and conviction of the president and CEO of Sentinel Capital Management who bankrupted the company in the largest fraud by dollar amount in Chicago’s history, the cutting-edge prosecution and conviction of two individuals engaged in computer intrusion and theft of trade secrets from a Chicago-based hedge fund, as well as the investigation, prosecution and four-month long trial of defendants who led a decade-long racketeering enterprise.

Patrick serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on Chicago’s gun violence epidemic.

Earlier in his career, Patrick clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

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Credentials

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.S. Mathematics, University of Notre Dame

Illinois

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

Judicial Clerk, Honorable Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team


U.S. Department of Justice

Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award


Chicago Crime Commission, 2014 and 2017

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Recognition

Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team


U.S. Department of Justice

Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award


Chicago Crime Commission, 2014 and 2017

Matters

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Trustees of a public university into allegations of unlawful and improper activity, including sexual misconduct.

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Directors of a publicly-held company into allegations of employee misconduct, mismanagement, and control failures, with advice and counseling on responsive remedial measures.

Conducted an independent investigation into allegations of improper outsourcing of legal services at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Published a public report detailing factual findings and proposing remedial measures.

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Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Trustees of a public university into allegations of unlawful and improper activity, including sexual misconduct.

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Directors of a publicly-held company into allegations of employee misconduct, mismanagement, and control failures, with advice and counseling on responsive remedial measures.

Conducted an independent investigation into allegations of improper outsourcing of legal services at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Published a public report detailing factual findings and proposing remedial measures.

Conducted an internal investigation for a publicly-held company into alleged accounting fraud and misleading public disclosures.

Represented the Chairman of the CFTC, two CFTC Commissioners, the CFTC Director of Enforcement, and other CFTC officials in contempt proceedings and successfully obtained mandamus relief on their behalf with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. See In re: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 7th Cir. Case No. 19-2769.

Advised and assisted a corporation victimized by a phishing scheme in cooperation with a federal criminal investigation.

Counsel to a publicly-held credit reporting company with state attorneys’ general investigations and litigation related to a cybersecurity incident.

Defended an individual who was the target of a federal criminal investigation involving allegations of commodities fraud and insider trading, and successfully obtained a full declination of all federal charges by the Department of Justice.

U.S. v. Eric Bloom: Represented the government in a four-week trial of the former president and CEO of futures commission merchant Sentinel Management Group. The jury found Bloom guilty of wire fraud and a criminal violation of the Investment Advisers Act. This was the largest fraud trial in Chicago’s history by dollar amount lost ($665 million).

U.S. v. Yihao Pu, Sahil Uppal: Led the prosecution of two employees who stole high-frequency trade algorithm data and code from a global Chicago-based financial institution and a New Jersey financial firm, resulting in their convictions for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

U.S. v. Gregory Chester, et al.: Led the investigation and trial team against leaders of the Hobos criminal enterprise. After a trial that spanned more than four months, the jury returned guilty verdicts against all defendants.

Matters

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Trustees of a public university into allegations of unlawful and improper activity, including sexual misconduct.

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Directors of a publicly-held company into allegations of employee misconduct, mismanagement, and control failures, with advice and counseling on responsive remedial measures.

Conducted an independent investigation into allegations of improper outsourcing of legal services at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Published a public report detailing factual findings and proposing remedial measures.

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Matters

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Trustees of a public university into allegations of unlawful and improper activity, including sexual misconduct.

Conducted an independent investigation for the Board of Directors of a publicly-held company into allegations of employee misconduct, mismanagement, and control failures, with advice and counseling on responsive remedial measures.

Conducted an independent investigation into allegations of improper outsourcing of legal services at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Published a public report detailing factual findings and proposing remedial measures.

Conducted an internal investigation for a publicly-held company into alleged accounting fraud and misleading public disclosures.

Represented the Chairman of the CFTC, two CFTC Commissioners, the CFTC Director of Enforcement, and other CFTC officials in contempt proceedings and successfully obtained mandamus relief on their behalf with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. See In re: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 7th Cir. Case No. 19-2769.

Advised and assisted a corporation victimized by a phishing scheme in cooperation with a federal criminal investigation.

Counsel to a publicly-held credit reporting company with state attorneys’ general investigations and litigation related to a cybersecurity incident.

Defended an individual who was the target of a federal criminal investigation involving allegations of commodities fraud and insider trading, and successfully obtained a full declination of all federal charges by the Department of Justice.

U.S. v. Eric Bloom: Represented the government in a four-week trial of the former president and CEO of futures commission merchant Sentinel Management Group. The jury found Bloom guilty of wire fraud and a criminal violation of the Investment Advisers Act. This was the largest fraud trial in Chicago’s history by dollar amount lost ($665 million).

U.S. v. Yihao Pu, Sahil Uppal: Led the prosecution of two employees who stole high-frequency trade algorithm data and code from a global Chicago-based financial institution and a New Jersey financial firm, resulting in their convictions for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

U.S. v. Gregory Chester, et al.: Led the investigation and trial team against leaders of the Hobos criminal enterprise. After a trial that spanned more than four months, the jury returned guilty verdicts against all defendants.

Credentials

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.S. Mathematics, University of Notre Dame

Illinois

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

Judicial Clerk, Honorable Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team


U.S. Department of Justice

Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award


Chicago Crime Commission, 2014 and 2017

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Recognition

Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team


U.S. Department of Justice

Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award


Chicago Crime Commission, 2014 and 2017