Patrick O’Donnell is a partner with the firm of HWG LLP, where his practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement matters, legal ethics, and complex civil litigation.
Government Investigations + Enforcement Matters
For more than 25 years, Pat has helped clients facing civil and white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. His clients have included private companies, individual executives, and public officials facing serious allegations by federal and state governments. He has represented clients in a wide variety of substantive cases, including matters involving:
- mail, wire and securities fraud;
- the False Claims Act (FCA);
- tax evasion;
- environmental crimes;
- the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Pat frequently works closely with HWG’s telecoms team to help communications companies respond to federal regulatory investigations, including several investigations involving the FCC’s universal-service subsidy program.
Pat has advised corporate legal departments and individual lawyers on compliance with legal ethics and professional responsibility issues in Virginia and the District of Columbia and represented clients in investigations of alleged violations. In addition to counseling clients on legal ethics issues, Pat has served as General Counsel of HWG for almost 20 years, helping the firm proactively address potential ethics issues with a thoughtful, practical counsel.
Pat has secured major victories for clients in complex civil litigation, including:
- winning the vacatur of a judgment and dismissal of a case against a nation state on grounds of sovereign immunity;
- winning summary judgment for a major international consumer-goods maker in a nationwide class-action antitrust case; and
- winning the dismissal of a multi-million dollar federal suit for telephone access charges.
Pat’s civil litigation practice has a particular focus on international matters. He is an active member of an international consortium of lawyers and has defended foreign individuals against attempts by the United States to enforce its domestic criminal law extraterritorially.
April 23, 2020
July 23, 2019
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May 08, 2018
May 26, 2017
May 01, 2017
January 30, 2023
November 28, 2017
November 27, 2017