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Patrick S. Coffey
Attorney
161 N. Clark St.
Suite 4700
Chicago, IL 60601-3206
Phone: (312) 523-2080
Cell:  (847) 736-0231
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5538
Fax: (414) 223-5000


Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense
Patrick Coffey is the leader of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.’s Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense Team. He has more than 25 years of experience in successfully representing companies and individuals in a wide range of complex investigation and white collar defense matters at the federal, state and local levels. He is experienced defending complex investigations and representing clients in high-stakes litigation. He also advises clients on all aspects of corporate compliance.

Mr. Coffey’s experience includes the defense of individuals as well as major domestic and foreign companies in cases involving serious criminal and civil allegations, including health care fraud, financial fraud, securities violations, antitrust, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental and government contracting claims. He also represents companies and individuals facing debarment, exclusion and related proceedings.

Mr. Coffey is also experienced in leading sensitive and high-profile internal investigations for corporate clients, and regularly counsels clients on effective responses to industry-wide and client focused enforcement probes that mitigate risks of reputational damage as well as litigation and related financial risk. As part of this practice, Mr. Coffey has assisted clients in the design and implementation of effective corporate compliance and ethics programs, provided related training and education support, and led internal assessments of programs to confirm and measure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

He is also well versed in the management of parallel criminal and civil proceedings involving federal and state prosecutors as well as government enforcement authorities including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Treasury, Office of Thrift Supervision, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Department of Defense, Attorneys General and other federal and state authorities.

Practice areas of focus include:

– Accounting fraud
– Antitrust
– Asset seizure/forfeiture
– Computer privacy/security
– Corporate compliance and ethics
– Defense contracting/procurement
– Environmental
– False Claims Act
– Financial fraud
– Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
– Health care fraud
– Privacy
– Public corruption
– Racketeering
– Securities fraud
– Tax fraud

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1980

Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Awards & Distinctions

  • Appointed to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel of the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2013)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Healthcare Law (2012-2013)
  • 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)
  • Leading Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • 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

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Health Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Articles and Presentations

  • The White Collar Roundtable, Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA) Webinar (June 27, 2014)
  • Federal Enforcement of Deficiencies Associated With Quality of Care in Long Term Care Facilities, ALFA International 2014 Health Care Seminar (May 8, 2014)
  • Handling Government Investigations: What to do if the Government is Investigating Your Client, Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (April 18, 2014 and May 14, 2014)
  • Shedding Light on What HR Professionals Should Know About the False Claims Act and Whistleblowers, WHD Madison Annual HR Law Conference (April 8, 2014)
  • Scanning the Environment for Risks, Health Ethics Trust and Florida Hospital Association, Southeast Regional Intensive Compliance Certification Course (January 28, 2014)
  • Internal Investigations: Risks, Rewards and Ethical Issues, WHD University (January 21, 2014)
  • Shedding Light on What HR Professionals Should Know About the False Claims Act and Whistleblowers, WHD Milwaukee Annual HR Law Conference (October 9, 2013)
  • The Enforcement and Compliance Perils Confronting the Spectrum of Long Term Care Providers, American Health Lawyers Association 2013 Fraud and Compliance Forum (September 30, 2013)
  • Health Care Fraud & Abuse Panel Discussion, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE's Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute (August 22, 2013)
  • Protecting Privileges and Ethical Issues in Internal Investigations, WHD Corporate Counsel Forum (June 27, 2013)
  • The False Claims Act—Why is it so Scary?, Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Annual Meeting (June 10, 2013)
  • The Enforcement and Compliance Perils Confronting Health Care Providers, co-presenter with Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Annual Conference (May 22, 2013)
  • The Government is Knocking: Mitigating the Risks of Billing Fraud, False Claims Act Violations and Other Abuse and Waste, American Conference Institute's 3rd Annual Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes & Litigation (May 9, 2013)
  • The State of Health Care Fraud Enforcement and Compliance in 2013, Keynote address, Healthcare Financial Management Association–Indiana Chapter (IHFMA) Spring Institute (April 25, 2013)
  • Current Trends in Home Health Care Investigations & Litigations, Keynote address, Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care, Inc. (WiAHC) 2nd Annual Conference (April 10, 2013)
  • 20 Tips for Ensuring an Effective Corporate Compliance and Ethics Program, author, WHD article (February 15, 2013)
  • How Health Reform Has Reduced Fraud Enforcement Risk for Hospitals and Physicians: Wishful Thinking or the New Reality?, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute (February 13, 2013)
  • How Health Reform Has Reduced Fraud Enforcement Risk for Hospitals and Physicians: Wishful Thinking or the New Reality?, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Physicians and Physicians Organizations Law Institute (February 12, 2013)
  • Has Health Reform Reduced Fraud Enforcement Risk for Providers?, Health Ethics Trust, Compliance Certification Intensive Course: Have a Best Practice Compliance Plan (February 7, 2013)
  • Responding to Investigators at the Door, WHD Special Report (February 2013)
  • Responding to Health Care Enforcers at the Door, WHD Special Report (February 2013)
  • The Role of Compliance in Achieving Favorable Enforcement Outcomes, Health Ethics Trust Certification Intensive Course (January 20, 2012)
  • Defending Against False Claims Actions and Identifying the Other Fraud & Abuse Implications of Managed Care Litigation, American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation (November 8, 2011)
  • Enforcement in the Era of Healthcare Reform, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys 29th Annual IAHA Health Law Symposium (October 25, 2011)
  • The Postville Raids and Agri-Processors Case: Internal Investigations, Criminal Prosecutions, and Immigration Consequences for Corporations and Individuals, ABA Criminal Justices System (August 5, 2011)
  • Update on Healthcare Enforcement, Health Ethics Trust Advanced Compliance Education Program (August 3, 2011)
  • Defending Against False Claims Actions and Identifying the Other Fraud & Abuse Implications of Managed Care Litigation, ACI's Managed Care Litigation Conference (May 17-18, 2011)
  • Healthcare Reform and Its Impact on Law Enforcement Activities and Related Legal Implications, HFMA's Spring Institute & Vendor Show (April 18-20, 2011)
  • What Physician Counsel Need to Know about Healthcare Reform, Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute (February 9-10, 2011)
  • Impact of Provena Covenant Decision in Illinois and Beyond Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations, AHLA (October 11-12, 2010)
  • Enforcement Risk Following Healthcare Reform: The Role of Effective Compliance in Reducing the Threat, AHLA Annual Meeting (June 2010)
  • Expert Panel: Getting Ahead of New Ethics & Compliance Risks, HFMA 2010 ANI: The Healthcare Finance Conference (June 2010)
  • Not-For-Profit Hospital Status Under Tight IRS Scrutiny, Webinar, Strafford Publications (May 2010)
  • Enhancing Compliance Programs to Meet Evolving Standards of Health Care Fraud, 2010 National Bar Association Healthcare Law Summit (May 2010)
  • Outlook for Tax Exempt Hospitals: Continuing Challenges in 2010, HFMA Indiana Chapter Spring Institute (April 2010)
  • The Provena Covenant Case: The Lessons for Tax Exempt Hospitals, McMahan-Illini Chapter HFMA Spring Meeting (March 2010)
  • Ramped Up Enforcement Scrutiny of Health Plans: Is Your Compliance Program Ready, California Association of Health Plans (March 2010)
  • Outlook for Tax Exempt Hospitals: Continuing Challenges in 2010, VHA Mid America Executive Leadership Conference (March 2010)
  • Why Compliance Programs Fail to Reduce Whistleblower and Fraud Enforcement Risk, BlueCross BlueShield Association (November 19, 2009)
  • Why Compliance Programs Fail to Reduce Whistleblower and Fraud Enforcement Risk, American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) (November 17, 2009)
  • Preparing for Intensifying Healthcare Enforcement, 27th Annual Health Law Symposium Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA) (October 21, 2009)
  • The Case for Better Compliance and Ethics Programs in the Downturn, AdvaMed 2009 Conference (October 12-14, 2009)
  • Emerging Property Tax Issues for Non-Profits: The Provena Covenant Case Saga, AHLA - Tan Issues for Healthcare Organizations (October 12 – 13, 2009)
  • Top 10 reasons Why Your Compliance Plan Won’t Keep You Out of Hot Water, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) (September 15, 2009)
  • Executive Certification Course, Council of Ethical Organizations: Health Ethics Trust (August 3 - 5, 2009)
  • Form 990 For Hospital Reporting, Webcast; The Knowledge Congress (July 9, 2009)
  • Whistleblower and False Claims Act Enforcement: Can Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs Really Mitigate the Risk?, AHLA 2009 Annual Meeting & In-House Counsel Program (June 28, 2009)
  • Tax-Exempt Status and Financial Assistance Programs: A Panel Discussion, HFMA’s 2009 ANI: The Healthcare Finance Conference (June 15, 2009)
  • Tax-Exemption and Charity Care - What’s Next?, Wisconsin HFMA Annual Meeting “Next Generation Health Care” (May 22, 2009)
  • Form 990 New Disclosure Requirements for Not-for-Profit Hospitals, Teleconference Strafford Publication (May 6, 2009)
  • The Reasons Your Compliance Program Does Not Reduce the Risk of Whistleblower Claims and FCA Enforcement, AHLA - Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute (February 2009)
  • A Checklist For Managing Tax-Exemption and Related Disputes, author, hfm Magazine, Toolbox Section (February 2009)
  • How Tax-Exempt Hospitals Become Targets of Fraud Claims and Other Controversy, McMahon-Illini HFMA Chapter (October 2008)
  • Understanding Compliance Expectations, Enforcement Priorities, and Government Targets in White Collar Law, author, Aspatore's Inside the Minds Managing White Collar Legal Issues Leading Lawyers on Key Defense Strategies, Responses for Civil and Criminal Investigations, and Recent Enforcement Trends (October 2008)
  • Whistleblower Claims in Healthcare, Health Care Compliance Association Audiocast, (October 2008)
  • Not-For-Profit Hospital Status Under Scrutiny, Teleconference Strafford Publication (October 2008)
  • Corporate Governance Update, American Health Lawyers Association (September 2008)
  • The 'Filip Memorandum' and Stein: Relevance to Healthcare Providers, American Health Lawyers Association (September 2008)
  • The Increasing Threat of Whistleblower and False Claims Act Enforcement, AdvaMed 2008 Conference (September 2008)
  • How Tax-Exempt Hospitals Become Targets of Fraud Claims and Other Controversy, National Congress for the Un and Underinsured and National Congress on Health Reform (September 2008)
  • Whistleblower Claims in Healthcare, Health Care Compliance Association Audiocast Part I - A Compliance Perspective (September 2008)
  • Executive Certification Course, Council of Ethical Organizations, Health Ethics Trust (August 2008)
  • Nonprofit Hospitals and Property Tax Challenges: Managing Exemption and Valuation Disputes, Health Financial Management Association’s Annual Meeting, (June 2008)
  • PCI-Developing a Compliance Division, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Compliance Subcommittee (May 2008)
  • Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act, National Teleconference Sponsored by Stratford Publications (May 2008)
  • Current Perspectives on the Threat of ‘Whistleblower’ Claims Under False Claims Acts, American Health Lawyers Association-Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute (February 2008)
  • The Provena Covenant Experience: Thoughts on Avoiding Controversy Over Hospital State Charitable Tax Exemptions, author, American Health Lawyers Association Tax and Finance Practice Group (February 2008)
  • Is Your Non-Profit Client’s Real Estate Really Exempt?, Bank of America, CBA Federal Taxation - Exempt Organization Subcommittee (January 2008)
  • Not-For-Profit Hospital Status Under Tight IRS Scrutiny Teleconference, Health Law Week, Hospital Litigation Reporter, and New York Health Law Update (December 2007)
  • Roundtable on Law and Regulation and Serving the Uninsured, and The Legal and Regulatory Framework's Federal Community Benefit and State Property Tax Compliance Strategies, National Congress on the UN and Under Insured (December 2007)
  • Nonprofit Hospitals: Responding to Challenges to Property Tax and Related Exemption and Valuation Disputes, AHLA - Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations (October 2007)
  • Managing Enforcement Risks with Corporate Compliance Effectiveness Assessments, HFMA’s Fall Institute & Golf Outing (October 2007)
  • Non-Profit Under the Microscope: Thriving in an Era of Increased Scrutiny "Is Your Real Estate Really Exempt?", Bank of America Seminar (September 2007)
  • Is Your Real Estate Really Exempt?, Plymouth Place Senior Living (September 2007)
  • Not-For-Profit Hospitals Under IRS Scrutiny: Strategies For Protecting Tax-Exempt Status, Strafford Publications (July 2007)
  • Challenges to Charitable Tax Exemptions: When Did Hospitals Cease to be Charitable?, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountant’s Advanced Healthcare Conference (July 2007)
  • Community Benefit: Attack of the Regulators, American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) 2007 In-House Counsel Program and Annual Meeting (June 2007)
  • Is the End of Charitable Exemption in Sight?, Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) 2007 Annual National Institute: The Healthcare Finance Conference (June 2007)
  • Managing the Threat of Whistleblower Actions Under False Claims Acts, BlueCross BlueShield Association’s LDC National Teleconference (May 2007)
  • The Whistleblower Threat: Suggestions for Managing The Rising Tide Of False Claims Act Controversy, AHLA’s 2007 Life Sciences Law Institute (April 2007)
  • Ongoing Exemption and Related Challenges to Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations, HFMA’s Iowa Chapter Meeting (April 2007)
  • Charity Care Update: Provena Covenant and Related Exemption Controversies, HFMA’s Indiana Pressler Memorial Chapter Spring Institute (April 2007)
  • Hospital Sales and Property Tax Exemptions Webinar, Illinois Hospital Association (February 2007)
  • Managing Enforcement Risk with Effective Corporate Compliance Programs, SAI Annual Compliance Summit (February 2007)
  • Implications of the Provena Tax-Exemption Ruling, HFMA’s McMahon-Illini Chapter Meeting (January 2007)
  • The Provena Covenant Case: Is the End of Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Hospitals in Sight?, HFMA Winter Meeting (January 2007)
  • Implications of the Provena Tax-Exempt Status Ruling, HFMA Winter Meeting (January 2007)
  • Provena Covenant and Charitable Tax Exemption Litigation, CBA Health Law Committee Meeting (November 2006)
  • The Charitable Tax Exemption Controversy and Provena Covenant Decision, IAHA’s 24th Annual Health Law Symposium (October 2006)
  • Managing the Elements of a Corporate Compliance Program, Mealey’s Insurance & Reinsurance Corporate Counsel Conference (September 2006)
  • Review of Community Benefit Standard Exposes Concerns About Other Approaches, author, BNA’s Health Law Reporter (September 2006)
  • Community Benefit and Effectively Managing Exposure to Local, Community and Regulatory Challenges to Nonprofit Healthcare, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (June 2006)
  • Challenges to Property Tax Exemption: A New Day?, HFMA’s 2006 Annual National Institute: The Healthcare Finance Conference (June 2006)
  • Healthcare Challenges, Nyhart’s New Corporate Campaign Seminar, Chicago, IL (November 2005)
  • Points/Counterpoints in the Debate Over Continued Charitable Exemption, HFMA’s McMahon-Illini Chapter, Fall Meeting (October 2005)
  • Risk Avoidance Measures for Healthcare Providers, Wisconsin Hospital Association (September 2005)
  • The Litigation Challenges for Hospitals and Health Systems, Wisconsin Hospital Association (September 2005)
  • Managing Exposure to NFP Challenges, Illinois Hospital Association, Lisle, IL (June 2005)
  • Maintaining the Veil, author, The National Law Journal (June 2005)
  • The New Challenges Facing Hospitals: A Recap of Federal and State Litigation, Illinois Hospital Association, Lisle, IL (June 2005)
  • The New Challenges Facing Hospitals: A Recap of Federal and State Litigation, Illinois Hospital Association, Springfield, IL (May 2005)
  • Challenges Confronting Healthcare Providers - Charity Care and Uninsured Patients, Renaissance American Management, Inc. & Beard Group, Sixth Annual Healthcare Transactions Conference, Chicago, IL (April 2005)
  • Charity Care Panel Discussion: "Accounting and Reimbursement: Who Moved My Cheese?",, Healthcare Financial Management Association Seminar, Countryside, IL, First Illinois Chapter (January 2005)
  • Charity Care Panel Discussion, HFMA’s First Illinois Chapter (January 2005)
  • Responding to Government Investigations, author, Practical Guide Series (2005)
  • Nonprofit Hospital Action Litigation: Suggestions for Managing Exposure to Claims, author, Tax and Finance Practice Group American Health Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C. (2005)
  • Panel on Class Action Litigation, AHLA, Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations, Washington, D.C. (October 2004)
  • Charity Care Litigation: What to Do Today, What to Think About for Tomorrow, The Health Management Academy CFO Forum, Carefree, AZ (October 2004)
  • Nonprofits in the Crosshairs: State Governmental Interference in Nonprofit Healthcare (and other) Transactions”, (June 2004)
  • Responding to the Unknown: The Threat of Enforcement Under Privacy Regulations, (September 2003)
  • The "Charitable Trust" Doctrine: Lessons and Aftermath of Banner Health, author, ABI Journal, Intensive Care Section (May 2004)
  • Responding to Government Intervention/How to Conduct an Internal Investigation, Healthcare Corporate Compliance Symposium (May 2003)
  • Protecting Non-Attorney Consultant Work Product, A Guide for Managers, author, (May 2002)
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Initiatives, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar (February 2002)
  • The Current Regulatory Environment and Consequences of Noncompliance, (May 2001)
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Trust Laws Move to the Forefront: The Lessons of the Intracoastal Controversy, (April 2001)
  • The Regulatory Consequences of Noncompliance, Holy Cross Health System Corporate Compliance Training (February 2000)
  • Internal Investigations, HCCA Region 5 Compliance Conference (July 1999)
  • U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, (June 1999)
  • Suggestions for Avoiding Whistleblower Suits, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Conference (March 1999)
  • Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Guidelines, Criminal Law Seminar (February 1999)
  • Humana v. Forsyth: How Much RICO Liability for Health Insurers and Managed Care Organizations?, author, (February 1999)
  • The Use of Collective Knowledge to Prove Corporate Anti-Kickback Violations, author, ABA Health Care Fraud 1998 (May 1998)