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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 (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Patrick’s success and experience spans cases involving bank fraud, commodities fraud, securities fraud, computer and cyber-crime, theft of trade secrets, racketeering (RICO), 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.

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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 internal investigation for an energy company relating to allegations of ethical violations by a United States Senator.

Conducted internal investigations for publicly-traded companies relating to allegations of accounting fraud and healthcare fraud.

Assisted in the representation of a CEO accused of securities fraud and insider trading by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

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Conducted an internal investigation for an energy company relating to allegations of ethical violations by a United States Senator.

Conducted internal investigations for publicly-traded companies relating to allegations of accounting fraud and healthcare fraud.

Assisted in the representation of a CEO accused of securities fraud and insider trading by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Assisted in the representation of a lead witness in the federal criminal prosecution of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The witness ultimately received immunity from the federal government.

U.S. v. Eric Bloom: Represented the government in a four-week trial of the former president and CEO of  commodities firm Sentinel Management Group, who was found 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 valuable 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 racketeering investigation and prosecution of the Hobos criminal enterprise, which engaged in violent and chilling robberies, shootings, and murders for over a decade. The trial, which spanned four months, resulted in guilty verdicts against all of the defendants.

Matters

Conducted an internal investigation for an energy company relating to allegations of ethical violations by a United States Senator.

Conducted internal investigations for publicly-traded companies relating to allegations of accounting fraud and healthcare fraud.

Assisted in the representation of a CEO accused of securities fraud and insider trading by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

See more
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Matters

Conducted an internal investigation for an energy company relating to allegations of ethical violations by a United States Senator.

Conducted internal investigations for publicly-traded companies relating to allegations of accounting fraud and healthcare fraud.

Assisted in the representation of a CEO accused of securities fraud and insider trading by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Assisted in the representation of a lead witness in the federal criminal prosecution of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The witness ultimately received immunity from the federal government.

U.S. v. Eric Bloom: Represented the government in a four-week trial of the former president and CEO of  commodities firm Sentinel Management Group, who was found 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 valuable 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 racketeering investigation and prosecution of the Hobos criminal enterprise, which engaged in violent and chilling robberies, shootings, and murders for over a decade. The trial, which spanned four months, resulted in guilty verdicts against all of the 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