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Patrick Coffey is a partner who has more than 30 years of experience successfully representing corporations and individuals in a wide range of investigations and enforcement matters brought by federal, state and foreign government authorities.

Pat’s practice concentrates on criminal, civil and administrative proceedings and the defense of claims under the False Claims Act, including qui tam whistleblower actions.

Pat represents clients in matters involving regulation of the healthcare industry, as well as the defense of civil and criminal investigations and trials involving securities enforcement, tax fraud, banking and financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust, export and trade regulation, government procurement, environmental, and government contract laws and regulations.

Pat also leads sensitive internal investigations for corporate clients, including boards of directors and audit committees, and counsels clients on the design and implementation of effective corporate compliance and ethics programs in a variety of industry and business sectors. He has led settlement monitoring and other significant internal compliance oversight engagements. In business litigation, Pat represents corporations, directors and officers, and other business concerns in breach of contract, fraud, securities fraud, hostile work environment, retaliation, negligence, product liability and business tort cases.

Pat writes and is frequently invited to speak on regulatory enforcement and compliance-related subjects, and he teaches a health law course focusing on regulatory enforcement subjects.




  • Panel of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Appointed to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Chambers USA, Healthcare Law, 2012-2018
  • Attorneys Who Matter: Healthcare/Pharma, Ethisphere Institute, 2011-2012
  • Nightingale’s Healthcare News, Outstanding Health Care Litigator
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2008-2011, 2014-2017
  • Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2004-2016
  • The United States District Court, in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2018 Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service award


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin


  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Special Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defender Program
  • Advisory Board for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Compliance
  • Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys
  • Advisory Board for the American Society of Physician Advisors
  • Defended qui tam lawsuit alleging unnecessary services to behavioral health patients and related parallel criminal investigation of provider.
  • Obtained Department of Justice (DOJ) declination in criminal investigation of owner and chief executive of home healthcare agency.
  • Represented long-term care provider and obtained settlement of qui tam lawsuits.
  • Represented executive of public company in SEC securities fraud investigation and enforcement proceeding.
  • Defended antitrust and Title VII claims against community hospital in connection with termination of surgeon’s medical staff privileges.
  • Obtained Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) declination of enforcement against bank director in connection with investigation relating to oversight of banking practices and fiduciary duty.
  • Defended public company in SEC investigation addressing fraud, revenue recognition and other accounting practices.
  • Represented companies and individuals in DOJ and SEC investigations involving fraud, FCPA and accounting issues.
  • Defended private equity firm in litigation over post-closing price adjustments and related claims arising out of healthcare billing practices.
  • Defended global medical device company executive in state and federal investigations relating to marketing of implantable device.