Patrick Hurford is an experienced trial lawyer.

Patrick has served as lead counsel for multiple complex jury trials and appeals.  He has experience with federal criminal trials, federal and state civil trials, arbitrations, and mediations.  These proceedings have involved civil rights, property and estate law, contracts, art restitution claims, shareholder derivative actions, bank, wire and mail fraud, healthcare fraud and illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, money laundering, embezzlement, bank robbery, and prescription controlled substance offenses.  Patrick is equipped to handle trial work of any nature and is particularly familiar with the federal courthouses in the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Patrick’s former experience as a Trial Attorney (United States Department of Justice) and Assistant United States Attorney (United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan) makes him suited to represent companies and individuals when facing enforcement issues, civil and criminal investigations, and criminal charges.

Patrick is also able to conduct efficient and meaningful internal investigations.  He has government experience conducting complex, multi-agency investigations, as well as private sector experience (particularly in the financial services industry) concerning investigations for public and private companies dealing with issues involving fraud, theft, sanctioned transactions, and employment, among others.



Representative Matters

  • As a federal prosecutor, investigated and prosecuted bank, wire and mail fraud, healthcare fraud, unlawful distribution of controlled substances by prescribers, illegal healthcare kickbacks, tax evasion, money laundering, identity theft, bank embezzlement, and bank robbery cases

  • In private practice, has represented major financial institutions, individuals, and government agencies in government enforcement proceedings and conducted internal investigations for such clients. Has handled state, federal, and arbitral proceedings on various matters. Has represented multinational corporations in various matters, including shareholder derivative actions, securities litigation, and commercial disputes. Has represented foreign governments in matters implicating the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Has represented major art museums in matters involving art restitution claims.

Prior Experience

  • United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2011-2013 and 2015-2018
  • United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, 2013-2015
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, 2006-2011
  • Pfizer, Inc., 2000-2003 




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