Patrick Doherty is an associate in the firm’s litigation and enforcement practice group. Patrick represents clients in a wide array of complex litigation matters from pre-suit strategy through trial and appeal, as well as internal investigations and international risk advisory. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including civil rights impact litigation, wrongful convictions, and asylum claims. Patrick is currently on assignment in the London office, temporarily relocated from New York.
During law school, Patrick worked at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to attending law school, Patrick served as a strategy and operations consultant with a leading management consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he supported transformation efforts at the Pentagon. He also worked as a transactional intelligence analyst for Kroll, Inc.
- Represented S&P 500 health care provider in multibillion dollar False Claims Act qui tam action brought in Florida federal court, leading to grant of summary judgment in client’s favor.
- Secured pre-discovery dismissal of all claims against private equity investment firm in New Jersey federal court, including for civil conspiracy and various theories of contributory and vicarious liability for false and misleading advertising under the Lanham Act, defamation, unfair competition, and tortious interference.
- C.P.X. v. Garcia (f/k/a C.P.X. v. Foxhoven) (S.D. Iowa / 8th Cir.): Part of the trial team that represented a class of adolescents—confined at the Iowa Boys State Training School and suffering from mental illness—who were subjected to excessive and punitive use of solitary confinement and fixed mechanical restraints. Ropes & Gray, along with co-counsel Children’s Rights and Disability Rights Iowa, litigated the case through a two-week trial, securing sweeping injunctive relief under the Fourteenth Amendment and the appointment of a monitor. Team was awarded firm-wide 2020 Pro Bono Team Award. Successfully briefed post-trial issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
- Represented European multinational pharmaceutical company before Massachusetts state court in contract dispute related to investigational vaccine program, leading to favorable settlement.
- Represented family investment firm before the Delaware Court of Chancery in multimillion dollar contract dispute related to post-acquisition financial obligations, leading to favorable settlement.
- Texas v. United States (S.D. Tex. / 5th Cir.): Part of the Ropes & Gray team defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on behalf of numerous DACA beneficiaries in federal district court and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Represented private equity investment firm before New York Appellate Division, First Department in relation to tortious interference and fraud claims brought in connection with multimillion dollar sale of portfolio company.
- Represented publicly-traded U.S. digital technology corporation in appeal before New York Appellate Division, First Department in relation to complex contract dispute, leading to favorable settlement.
- Jackson v. District of Columbia Dep’t of Emp’t Servs. (D.C.): Successfully represented client appealing the D.C. Compensation Review Board’s affirmation of a disputed worker’s compensation settlement agreement, resulting in unanimous decision from the D.C. Court of Appeals in client's favor.
Investigations & Government Enforcement
- Advised multinational environmental consulting firm on wide-ranging internal investigation into potential violations of U.S., UK, and EU financial and trade sanctions against Russia at client subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, and China.
- Managed multiple internal investigations for S&P 100 healthcare corporation regarding allegations of bribery and violations of company policies in France and Switzerland.
- Advised S&P 100 pharmaceutical company in internal investigation related to COVID-19 vaccine research and development in Latin America.
- Part of the independent investigation commissioned by the United States Olympic Committee into abuse of elite and Olympic gymnasts by Larry Nassar.
- Successfully briefed and presented oral argument in defensive proceedings before the Houston (TX) Immigration Court, winning grant of asylum for former Central American anti-gang detective and his son.
- Provided on-the-ground rapid response representation for separated immigrant families at U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in South Texas amidst 2018 U.S. immigration policy changes.
International Risk and National Security
- Advised multinational environmental consulting firm on voluntarily disclosures to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) related to potential violations of financial and trade sanctions against Russia.
- Advise private equity clients on enhancements to portfolio companies’ and acquisition targets’ anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions compliance policies and procedures.
- Advise corporate and private equity clients regarding the impact of evolving economic and trade sanctions on existing business operations and potential transactions.
- Partnered with the International Lawyers Project to advise European national government on repatriation of seized embezzled funds to Central African country; and to conduct trainings on anti-corruption, sanctions, and asset forfeiture for West African government officials and civil society organizations.
- Served as the New York City Bar Association’s representative observer at pre-trial proceedings in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al. (the “9/11 Trial”) before the U.S. Military Commission at Camp Justice, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Served as an accredited nonpartisan electoral observer at dozens of polling stations across Belfast East and Belfast South during the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.
- Author, “Guantanamo 9/11 Trial Is A Failure,” Law360, op-ed (May 3, 2020)
- Co-author, “Patients, Payers, Prosecutors, and the Role of the Copay,” Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Fraud Report (January 10, 2018)
- Author, “Revere and Adhere: Examining the Legality of Kurdistani Diplomatic Engagement,” 6 NIMEP Insights 96 (2011)
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- JD, New York University School of Law, 2017
- BA (History, International Relations), Tufts University, 2011
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2018
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- New York Super Lawyers Rising Star (2020-2022)