Patrick Miles Jr. is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg's Grand Rapids office and is a member of the Litigation Department. Patrick focuses his practice on corporate compliance, investigations, monitorships, and business transactions.
Most recently, Patrick served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan from July 2012 to January 2017, by appointment of President Barack Obama. As a federal prosecutor, he focused on prosecuting those who exploited children, committed violent crimes or defrauded taxpayers, seniors and institutions, as well as on improving relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Prior to his time in public service, Patrick spent 21 years in private practice for large law firms in Grand Rapids, where he counseled clients on entity formation, equity and debt financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, minority and women-owned business formation, financing and certification, contracts, and Michigan liquor licensing. He also represented local governments nationwide in connection with telecommunications provider public right-of-way management and litigation, cable television franchising, rate regulation and customer service, cellular antenna leases, as well as Federal Communications Commission litigation, rulemakings and proceedings.
He is a frequent author and speaker to professional audiences on legal issues, professionalism, diversity and inclusion and to youth audiences about leadership and service.
After graduating from high school at age 16, Patrick graduated from Aquinas College with a B.S. and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former president, Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2004-2005
Former trustee, Grand Rapids Bar Association, 1999-2002
Served more than two dozen charitable and professional boards and committees, including chairman of the board of trustees, Aquinas College; chairman, Inner-City Christian Fellowship/Nonprofit Housing Corporation; treasurer, Hope Network; treasurer, Spectrum Health Hospitals
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2011
Michigan Jaycees, Outstanding Young Michigander Award, 2005
State Bar of Michigan Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1996
Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under 40 business leaders, 2002, 2005 and 2007
Number of other awards from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan United Way, NAACP and the Grand Rapids Jaycees