Patrick Doherty


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2017
  • BA (History, International Relations), Tufts University, 2011


  • New York, 2018

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • French
  • New York City Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee)
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York

Patrick Doherty


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. His practice includes securities and shareholder actions, corporate governance, internal investigations, breach of contract, and other commercial disputes. Patrick also maintains an active pro bono practice, including civil rights impact litigation and asylum claims.

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. He also served as an editor with the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy. Before joining the firm in New York, he was a summer associate in the Boston office.

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 U.S. digital technology corporation in complex contract dispute in New York state court and in subsequent appeal before the New York Appellate Division.
  • Representing private equity investment firm in ongoing Lanham Act and tort action before New Jersey federal court.
  • Part of the independent investigation commissioned by the United States Olympic Committee into abuse of elite and Olympic gymnasts by Larry Nassar.
  • Representing private equity investment firm that has brought tortious interference and fraud claims in New York state court related to multimillion dollar sale of portfolio company.
  • Secured dismissal of contract claims against publicly-traded logistics provider in New York federal court.
  • Represented U.S. medical consulting firm that brought multimillion dollar contract claim before Missouri federal court, leading to favorable settlement.
  • Represented nonprofit U.S. health plan that brought contract claims before New York state court and JAMS arbitration, leading to favorable settlement.
  • Representing major investment firms in variety of ongoing matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery, New York state courts, Florida state court, and federal bankruptcy court.
  • Conducted significant English- and French-language anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions due diligence and risk monitoring for large private equity firms and other clients operating in high-risk international jurisdictions.

Pro Bono

  • C.P.X. v. Garcia (S.D. Iowa): 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.
  • Representing indigent client in ongoing statutory interpretation dispute regarding workers’ compensation before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • Served as the New York City Bar Association’s representative observer at pre-trial proceedings in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al. (“9/11 Trial”) before the U.S. Military Commission at Camp Justice, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
  • 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. 
  • Travelled to U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in South Texas to provide rapid response representation to immigrant families separated under 2018 U.S. policy changes. 


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2017
  • BA (History, International Relations), Tufts University, 2011
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