Patrick O'Donnell is a partner
with the firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where his practice focuses on government
enforcement matters, particularly white-collar criminal defense, and complex
enforcement practice includes both civil and white-collar criminal
investigations and prosecutions. His
clients have included private companies and individual executives, a
university, a Congressman, and other public officials. He has represented those clients in a wide
variety of substantive cases, including matters focused on the False Claims
Act, tax evasion, "off-label" use of pharmaceuticals, antitrust,
securities fraud, bribery, extortion, environmental crimes, accounting fraud,
and public corruption. Working with the firm's telecommunications practice, O'Donnell
has also guided communications companies in responding to federal regulatory
investigations, including several investigations involving the FCC's
universal-service subsidy program. Mr. O'Donnell
also has extensive experience with controversies related to complex
loan-securitization processes and the mortgage market.
He has worked adversely or cooperatively with a wide variety of enforcement
authorities -- U.S. Attorneys' offices, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S.
Congress, the New York Attorney General, the SEC, the FCC, FHFA, and other
federal administrative agencies.
Mr. O'Donnell's experience in complex civil litigation includes
winning the vacatur of a judgment and dismissal of a case against a nation
state on grounds of sovereign immunity and summary judgment for a major
international consumer-goods maker in a nationwide class-action antitrust case. Mr. O'Donnell also works closely with the
firm's telecommunications practice in cases involving the
communications-technology industry, where his past successes include the
dismissal of a multi-million dollar federal suit for telephone access charges.
his pro bono service, Mr. O'Donnell defends indigent clients
in "blue collar" criminal matters and low-income tenants fighting
eviction in landlord-tenant cases.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. O'Donnell worked on the staffs
of two U.S. Senators and served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of
the U.S. Treasury Department.
He has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine for White Collar
Criminal Defense, 2012-2014.