Patrick Mincey is a trial lawyer, trusted advisor in public relations crises, and counselor to any situation.

He represents domestic and foreign clients in litigation throughout the United States and investigations worldwide.

Patrick is a founding member of Mincey Bell Milnor, an affiliate boutique group of Cranfill Sumner LLP.

Patrick founded and manages Cranfill Sumner’s White Collar, Government Investigations & Special Matters practice group and the Administrative, Regulatory & Government Law Group.

Global Investigations & Government Prosecutions

Mr. Mincey represents prominent corporations and professionals in their most challenging criminal, civil and regulatory cases— including at jury and bench trials, and on appeal— before federal and state courts throughout the United States and investigative forums around the world.  He regularly advises executives and their boards on corporate governance during high-profile crises.

He has represented clients in prosecutions and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Reserve System, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the SEC, OFAC, EPA, FDA, IRS, USPS, CFTC, FinCEN, Departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, the National Security Council, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, numerous Offices of Inspectors General, United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, U.S. bank and financial regulators, and their international counterparts on six different continents.

Mr. Mincey has extensive experience in numerous cases where criminal and civil exposure reaches billions of dollars, and he is routinely involved in prosecutions where individuals face decades of imprisonment.  His clients include a diverse group of professionals and c-suite executives, international conglomerates, private and Fortune 100 companies, securities and real estate brokerages, accounting, investment advisors and law firms, national politicians and political campaigns.  His clients operate in disparate industries, ranging from international finance and tech to defense, energy, media, agriculture, real estate development, health care, insurance and education.

Mr. Mincey also has experience representing elected officials and those serving in high-level government positions.  In addition to litigation involving cross-border matters, Mr. Mincey has defended clients in criminal maritime investigations and prosecutions of international shipping vessel owners and their officers.

Qui Tam Relators & Whistleblowers

Mr. Mincey represents select qui tam relators and other whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, FinCEN / Anti-Money Laundering Act, and related federal programs.  While many whistleblower matters remain confidential or under seal, his high-profile whistleblower matters include separate multi-billion dollar matters involving two candidates for President of the United States:

  • SEC Office of the Whistleblower. In parallel investigations by U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission and United States Senate already leading to $31,000,000 in settlements and with investigations ongoing, representation of whistleblower Will Wilkerson concerning former President Donald Trump’s social media company which owns and operates Truth Social. The case— which concerns alleged securities violations and suspicious loans into Trump’s company with ties to the Kremlin and a Vladimir Putin ally— has received extensive international media coverage including multiple front-page stories in international media including here and here.
  • SEC Office of the Whistleblower.  In parallel investigations by U.S. Federal Reserve, DOJ and SEC—as well as numerous foreign government counterparts in Europe and South America— representation of whistleblower Mark Coffey, former registered investment advisory chief compliance officer who exposed alleged $ 2 billion international conspiracy involving Venezuela’s Oil Minister and United Nations Ambassador to launder stolen money from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) through major U.S. financial institutions.  See additional Wall Street Journal coverage here and here and Miami Herald coverage here.  Media coverage of U.S. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s role advising a firm tied to the scandal is available here.

Complex Business Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Mr. Mincey advises professionals, boards and companies in disputes concerning international finance and securities fraud, the False Claims Act, Anti-Money Laundering Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Sherman Act, Stark Law / Anti-Kickback and health care compliance, antitrust, environmental regulation, Treasury Department sanctions, cryptocurrency and digital assets, class actions, financial and sexual employment misconduct, RICO, qui tam relators and government whistleblowers, cyber security and data breaches, unfair and deceptive business practices, trade secrets and economic espionage.

The Media & Crisis Management

Mr. Mincey understands that practical realities mean businesses operate in an environment where public judgment will be rendered long before a court room verdict.  In crisis, existential business decisions vital to survival must be reached based on imperfect information. He and his colleagues are the confident, calm hand at the helm because they have spent their careers guiding individuals, organizations, and public officials through public relations crises.

Because his cases typically involve bet-the-company litigation, high-profile individuals, extremely significant financial exposure and/or the prospect of lengthy prison sentences, they have been reported on in numerous languages by major news outlets in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Mr. Mincey is proud many of his most difficult cases have remained confidential by keeping them out of public reporting.  Because that is not always possible, he maintains close personal relationships with international media personnel and routinely helps manage communications strategies to reassure clients’ standing in the business community.

Grand Jury Subpoenas, Civil Investigative Demands & Internal Investigations

Mr. Mincey regularly advises clients navigating federal grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands and regulatory investigations.  He has extensive experience guiding large legal teams comprised of dozens of attorneys on internal investigations involving fraud or other employment-related misconduct, including under the False Claims Act and other government whistleblower programs.

Outside the Courtroom & Boardroom

Mr. Mincey studied at the London School of Economics and New York University’s Paris Campus. He is fluent in French and a fourth-generation trial lawyer trained at Mercer University.

His wife, Lydia, is a classically trained artist reared in Tanzania and Jackson Hole, Wyoming who worked in France and the Czech Republic before returning to the United States.  An avid conservationist and hunter, Mr. Mincey and his family enjoy sailing in Down East Maine during the summer and, in cooler months, wing shooting at their Georgia family farm where they raise Santa Gertrudis cattle.  They reside on the North Carolina coast where he likes to paddleboard and fly fish the inland skinny waters.

Leadership, Honors & Awards

In 2022, Mr. Mincey accepted an invitation to join IR Global, a Chambers and Partners Band-1 ranked professional network comprised of legal, financial, and accounting professionals from around the world.  With its global reach, Mr. Mincey and his White Collar team bring expansive relationships and expertise across all time zones to enhance client service no matter where a crisis may arise.

In 2021, Mr. Mincey was appointed to a four-year term on the North Carolina Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  The Commission is a bipartisan, independent body that investigates, reports on and makes recommendations to, the President of the United States and Congress concerning pressing civil rights issues of our time.

Mr. Mincey has received numerous accolades and awards from his peers and top legal publications, including:

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, White Collar Crime — 2019, 2020, 2023
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite in Criminal Law — 2018-2023
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite in Litigation — 2021
  • Martindale Hubbell—AV Preeminent Rating since 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense — 2018-2021,2023


Selected Matters: International Investigations, Enforcement & Prosecutions

  • Representation of whistleblower Will Wilkerson, co-founder of Trump Media & Technology Group which owns and operates Donald J. Trump’s social media platform Truth Social—in federal investigation into alleged securities fraud and suspicious loans from a “porn friendly” Caribbean bank with ties to Kremlin allies of Vladimir Putin.
  • Representation of whistleblower Mark Coffey, former registered investment advisory chief compliance officer who exposed international conspiracy led by Venezuela’s Oil Minister and United Nations Ambassador to launder $2 billion from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) through major U.S. financial, accounting and credit rating firms.
  • Representation of international audit firm in multi-billion dollar prosection for alleged money laundering by insurance company executives through Malta, with parallel enforcement proceedings by SEC and public corruption prosection of former United States Congressman for attempted bribery of North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner.
  • In Western District of Pennsylvania, obtained probationary sentence and return of more than $3,000,000 seized by DOJ for owner of dietary supplement firm in Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act in case concerning supplements imported from southeast Asia and China.
  • Representation concerning investigation into American organization allegedly facilitating illicit Latin American gold mining, Turkish cryptocurrency exchange and Russian-backed weapons smuggling and narcotrafficking operations through the African Maghreb.
  • Representation concerning investigation into international money-launder-for hire network allegedly facilitating funding for narcotrafficking of cocaine precursor chemicals from China and Cameroon to Latin America.
  • In multijurisdictional federal and state investigation concerning alleged securities and tax fraud, representation of Chief Executive Officer for renewable energy biogas company operating in United States and Ukraine.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal and state claims against American lawyer arising from defense contractor’s scheme to smuggle firearms and ammunitions arsenal through United Kingdom to cargo vessels off Somalia and Horn of Africa for U.S. Department of Defense anti-piracy missions defending maritime merchants.
  • In United Kingdom, representation of world-renowned photographer David Alan Harvey in #MeToo investigation at Magnum Photos.
  • In multijurisdictional criminal prosecution in Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Louisiana and Eastern District of North Carolina, representation of Singaporean cargo vessel owner in environmental crimes prosecution for alleged use of “magic pipe” on oily water separator.
  • Representation of Colorado software firm in multi-million dollar federal securities fraud prosecution and FCPA investigation of contract procurement for Somali refugee camps constructed in Kenya resulting in no charges filed.
  • In Southern District of Texas, representation of highline automotive dealer in Department of Commerce investigation into its Chinese exporting practices resulting in no charges filed.
  • In District of North Dakota, representation of two American physicians in international fentanyl trafficking conspiracy involving illicit manufacturers from China operating through Canada; case was first instance of United States government prosecuting fentanyl ring under federal “Kingpin” Statute.

Selected Matters: Domestic Investigations, Enforcement & Prosecutions

  • In Northern District of Georgia, representation of real estate company in alleged $1.3 billion tax fraud concerning syndicated conservation easements.
  • In District of Nevada, representation of Chief Executive Officer for largest residential real estate brokerages in Arizona, Nevada and southern California in antitrust investigation by Department of Justice for alleged Sherman Act violations leading to no enforcement action, with parallel multi-billion dollar class actions in Northern District of Illinois and Western District of Missouri.
  • In Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Tennessee, representation of national online retailer in criminal antitrust grand jury investigation manipulation of Amazon Marketplace resulting in no charges against client.
  • In Eastern District of North Carolina, representation of addiction treatment center in False Claim Act investigation and litigation concerning alleged qui tam relator retaliation involving Department of Housing and Urban Development funding.
  • Representation of North Carolina physician and medical practice in Medicaid fraud and medical licensing enforcement action concerning $176,000,000 in liabilities.
  • In Northern District of California, representation of accounting firm in investigation concerning financial fraud in religious organization leadership exceeding $10,000,000.
  • In Western District of North Carolina, representation of urine testing lab owner concerning False Claims Act enforcement by Department of Justice for alleged antikickback violations concerning Medicare payments totaling $136,000,000.
  • In District of Columbia, representation of client concerning the events of January 6, 2021 at the United States Capitol Building and the election of the President of the United States.
  • In North Carolina, representation of multiple corporate officers in criminal OSHA investigation following death of employee at poultry processing plant.
  • In Eastern District of Pennsylvania, representation of Singaporean shipping conglomerate in maritime compliance investigation by United States Coast Guard.
  • Representation of registered investment advisor in SEC investigation concerning alleged insider trading at publicly traded cannabis company.
  • In Eastern District of North Carolina, obtained dismissal of claims arising from unlawful disposal and attempted cover-up of hundreds of thousands of gallons of agricultural waste into federally protected waterways.
  • In Northern District of Florida, represented defense contractor in prosecution involving Classified Information Procedure Act where client allegedly defrauded United States Air Force.
  • Representation in corporate internal investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member.
  • In health care fraud investigation and prosecution from District of New Jersey and Northern District of Texas, represented physicians group engaged in telemedicine practice.
  • In District of Columbia, represented AMTRAK official in cybercrimes investigation by OIG resulting in no charges filed.
  • In federal prosecution of North Carolina business executive for money laundering following decade-long narcotics trafficking investigation, obtained dismissal of most serious charges and probationary sentence for client.
  • In prosecution of prominent North Carolina businessman and community leader for alleged sexual offenses against minor at corporate-hosted event, quickly settled civil disputes to mitigate future business losses and end adverse media and widely-disruptive street protests outside client’s business establishments.
  • Represented skilled nursing facility administrator in criminal neglect investigation involving alleged mistreatment of quadriplegic resident resulting in no charges filed.
  • Represented psychology clinic in criminal investigation involving alleged sexual assaults of minor patient resulting in no charges filed.
  • Not guilty verdict for pulmonologist charged with assault in clinic.

Selected Matters: Complex Business & Regulatory Litigation

  • Representation of North Carolina municipality in environmental regulatory enforcement, agency rulemaking and legislative proceedings concerning discharge of carcinogenic “forever chemical” into state and federal waterways allegedly impacting drinking supply for nearly 1 million downstream users.
  • In Eastern District of North Carolina, representation of international real estate and construction conglomerate in class action lawsuit concerning on-base housing at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
  • In Eastern District of North Carolina, representation of large health care provider in litigation concerning alleged False Claims Act retaliation.
  • In RICO litigation alleging South Carolina-based law firm’s participation in telemarketing fraud scheme exceeding $1 billion, dismissal of claims against client affirmed in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Selected Matters: Representation in Novel Matters & Cases of First Impression

  • Representation of political campaign concerning #MeToo allegations against former U.S. Congressional candidate.
  • In multi-million dollar fraud case against real estate attorney, obtained dismissal and affirmed through North Carolina Supreme Court involving “quasi-judicial immunity” defense.
  • Represented Durham County, North Carolina District Attorney in public official removal proceedings.
  • In first degree rape of a child trial, obtained dismissal of all charges and set case law precedent in North Carolina Supreme Court on psychologists’ expert testimony concerning “repressed memory theory.”


  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) Whistleblower Program
  • Antiterrorism
  • Antitrust
  • Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • Campaign Finance
  • Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs)
  • Class Actions
  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Regulation
  • Congressional & State Legislature Investigations
  • Corporate Internal Investigations
  • Cross-Border Investigations & Prosecutions
  • Cryptocurrency Regulation
  • Customs and Border Protection Investigations
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Dodd Frank Act
  • Economic Espionage
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Election Fraud
  • Employment Misconduct
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulation & Enforcement
  • False Claims Act (FCA)
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC) Investigations
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Investigations
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) & Life Sciences Regulation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Grand Jury Subpoenas
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Investigations & Tax Enforcement
  • Kleptocratic Enforcement / Task Force KleptoCapture
  • Law Firm Defense
  • Mail Fraud
  • Maritime Environmental Enforcement
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
  • #MeToo Misconduct
  • Money Laundering
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
  • Patriot Act
  • Port State Control Inspections
  • Public Corruption
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
  • Qui Tam Relators & Whistleblowers
  • Racketeering and Organized Crime Conspiracies (RICO)
  • Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sherman Act
  • Stark Law / Anti-Kickback (AKS)
  • State Attorneys General Investigations
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulation & Securities Enforcement
  • SEC Office of the Whistleblower
  • Tax Enforcement
  • United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office
  • United States Housing and Urban Development Department
  • United States Postal Service Investigations (USPS)
  • United States Treasury Department Enforcement
  • Unregistered Securities Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

    Most Recent Posts


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    “Towards the end of last year, federal prosecutors started examining two loans totaling $8m wired to Trump Media,” President Trump’s tech company which owns and operates Truth Social, “from two obscure entities that both appear to be controlled in part by the relation of an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin,” The Guardian reports in a March 15 article.  “Federal prosecutors’ interest in the two payments appear to have started when [client Will] Wilkerson, through his attorneys Patrick Mincey, Stephen Bell, and Phil Brewster, alerted the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York to the payments.”… Read More


    NC Lawyers Weekly Features Patrick Mincey and Stephen Bell

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    Patrick Mincey and Stephen Bell are featured in the Jan. 18 edition of NC Lawyers Weekly. “Blowing the whistle” discusses their practice representing whistleblowers, including their who exposed alleged securities violations involving Trump Media & Technology Group Corporation and  a $2 billion Venezuelan kleptocracy fraud in U.S. financial institutions.… Read More


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    The New York Times discussed the whistleblower who exposed alleged securities violations involving Trump Media & Technology Group Corporation (“Trump Media”).  The publication discusses the whistleblower claim in the Oct. 25 article, “SPAC Tied to Trump Media Says Early Talks Were not ‘Substantive.’” Patrick Mincey, Stephen Bell, and Phil Brewster are the attorneys representing the whistleblower.… Read More


    White Collar Attorneys Patrick Mincey & Stephen Bell Invited to Join Prestigious International Legal Organization

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    Attorneys Patrick Mincey & Zac Bolitho Secure Return of More Than $3 Million for Client Following Seizure in Western District of Pennsylvania

    Attorneys Patrick Mincey and Zac Bolitho secured the return of more than $3,000,000 that had been seized from a client during an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mincey and Bolitho represented a business owner who was prosecuted on federal fraud charges for claims he made about the nutritional supplements that his business sold. In addition to obtaining the return of $3,000,000, Mincey and Bolitho successfully argued for a probation-only sentence—a rare occurrence in federal cases. … Read More


    Patrick Mincey Quoted in BC Law Magazine

    Patrick Mincey is quoted in the latest edition of BC Law, the magazine for Boston College Law School. “The Weight of the Whistle” profiles his co-counsel, Phil Brewster, and their case representing a whistleblower who exposed an alleged $2 billion kleptocracy conspiracy in the U.S. financial system. … Read More


    Whistleblower Lawyers Issue Statement on Kleptocratic Money Laundering Investigation Involving Morgan Stanley and Interactive Brokers

    Two attorneys, Patrick Mincey of North Carolina and Phil Brewster of Illinois, were recently discussed and quoted in the Miami Herald for their representation of a North Carolina whistleblower who exposed an alleged international conspiracy to launder more than $100 million through major U.S. securities firms, including Morgan Stanley and Interactive Brokers. … Read More


    Statement From Attorneys Patrick Mincey and Phil Brewster

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    Two attorneys, Patrick Mincey of North Carolina and Phil Brewster of Illinois, were recently mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article for their representation of a North Carolina whistleblower who exposed an alleged international conspiracy to launder no less than $100 million through major U.S. securities firms, including Morgan Stanley and Interactive Brokers. … Read More