Patrick Mincey is a white collar defense and trial attorney.

As Chair of the firm’s White Collar & Criminal Defense Group he represents domestic and foreign clients in criminal and complex civil litigation throughout the United States.

Government Investigations & Prosecutions

Mr. Mincey defends individuals and institutions in investigations and prosecutions involving state, federal and foreign governments in a range of sensitive matters.

He represents private and Fortune 500 companies, securities and real estate brokerages, accounting and law firms, professional associations, their boards, officers and executives.

His clients include health care organizations, higher education institutions, defense contractors and elected public officials.

In addition to cross-border investigations and prosecutions, Mr. Mincey has experience defending criminal maritime investigations of international cargo vessels, their owners and crew.

Complex Business & Regulatory Litigation

Mr. Mincey represents clients in matters concerning antitrust, health care compliance, environmental regulation, the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Stark Law / Anti-Kickback, financial and sexual employment misconduct, RICO, securities fraud, qui tam relators and government whistleblowers, unfair and deceptive business practices, trade secrets and economic espionage.

The Media & Crisis Management

Mr. Mincey has extensive experience guiding individuals, organizations, and public officials through public relations crises. He is proud to have kept many of his most difficult cases confidential by keeping them out of public reporting.

Mr. Mincey maintains close personal relationships with national media personnel and routinely works with PR firms to manage broader communications strategies and reassure clients’ standing in the business community.

Insurance Defense in Grand Jury Investigations & Civil Investigative Demands

Mr. Mincey regularly advises insurance companies navigating federal grand jury and regulatory investigations of their insureds.  He helps corporate clients with internal investigations and to develop policies to mitigate a myriad of collateral exposure.

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.

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, Mr. Mincey and his family enjoy sailing in Down East Maine throughout the summer.  In cooler months, they love working cattle and wing shooting at their south Georgia family farm, Old Agency Reserve.

They reside on the North Carolina coast with their young daughter.

Honors & Awards

Patrick has received numerous accolades and awards from his peers and top legal publications.

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow— 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List for White Collar Crime – 2019
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite in Criminal Law— 2018, 2019
  • Martindale Hubbell—AV Preeminent Rating since 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star in White Collar Criminal Defense—2018, 2019


Cases or matters referenced do not represent the attorney’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

  • In international weapons smuggling case, obtained dismissal of claims arising from scheme to move firearms and ammunitions arsenal from North Carolina to East Africa through United Kingdom for anti-piracy arming of merchant vessels by Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and other United States intelligence agencies.
  • In federal RICO case alleging law firm’s participation in money laundering scheme exceeding $1,000,000,000, dismissal of claims against client affirmed in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • In prosecutions in District of Oregon and District of North Dakota, representation of physicians in international fentanyl trafficking conspiracy involving illicit manufacturers in mainland China, the first instance of United States government prosecuting fentanyl ring under federal “Kingpin” Statute.
  • Represented Asian owned cargo vessel owners in MARPOL environmental crimes investigation by United States Coast Guard leading to no charges filed.
    In health care fraud investigation and prosecution located in District of New Jersey and Northern District of Texas, represented physicians group engaged in telemedicine practice.
  • In multi-billion dollar federal RICO investigation and public corruption prosecution of business executive and political officers, representation of professional services firm.
  • Representation of real estate brokerage in Department of Justice antitrust investigation with collateral multidistrict class actions in Western District of Missouri and Northern District of Illinois.
  • Representation of Colorado software firm in multi-million dollar federal securities fraud prosecution and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.
  • Represented AMTRAK official in federal cybercrimes investigation in District of Columbia resulting in no charges filed.
  • In federal prosecution of North Carolina executive for money laundering following decade-long narcotics trafficking investigation, obtained dismissal of most serious charges and probationary sentence for client.
  • Represented defense contractor in False Claims Act case involving Classified Information Procedure Act where client allegedly defrauded United States Air Force.
  • Represented Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator in criminal neglect investigation resulting in no charges filed.
  • Represented psychology clinic in criminal investigation involving alleged sexual assaults of minor patient resulting in no charges filed.
  • In prosecution of prominent businessman and community leader for alleged sexual offenses against minor at his own corporate-hosted event, quickly settled civil disputes to mitigate future business losses and end widely-disruptive street protests outside client’s business establishments.
  • In federal environmental crimes case, obtained dismissal of claims arising from unlawful disposal and attempted cover-up of more than 300,000 gallons of agricultural waste into federally protected waterways.
  • Not guilty verdict for pulmonologist charged with assault in clinic.
  • Represented Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator in criminal neglect investigation resulting in no charges filed.
  • Represented hospice facility in internal investigation and criminal prosecution involving various crimes committed on campus.
  • In multi-million dollar financial fraud case against real estate attorney, obtained dismissal and defended through Supreme Court involving “quasi-judicial immunity” defense.
  • In first degree rape of a child trial, obtained dismissal of all charges and set case law precedent in Supreme Court on psychologists’ expert testimony involving “repressed memory theory.”
  • In manslaughter trial where son fatally shot his own mother, charges dismissed at conclusion of government’s evidence based on “imperfect self-defense” theory.

Practice Areas

In addition to offering general compliance and internal investigation counsel to corporations and health care institutions, Mr. Mincey represents clients in a range of legal areas such as:

  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Antitrust
  • Campaign Finance
  • Corporate Internal Investigations
  • Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs)
  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission (FTC) Regulation
  • Dodd Frank Act & Sarbanes Oxley
  • Economic Espionage
  • Election Fraud
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulation
  • False Claims Act
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Investigations Regulation
  • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) & Life Sciences Regulation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations & Grand Jury Subpoenas
  • Health Care Fraud
  • IRS Investigations & Tax Fraud
  • Maritime Environmental Crimes (Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships & MARPOL)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Public Corruption
  • Qui Tam Relators & Whistleblowers
  • RICO (Racketeering Conspiracies)
  • Stark / Anti-Kickback
  • State Attorneys General Investigations
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulation & Securities Fraud
  • Title IX / Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Most Recent Posts


Patrick Mincey to be Featured on Webinar

Patrick Mincey will be a featured presenter of the PLAN webinar entitled “Anatomy of the Corporate Federal Investigation.” The webinar will cover strategies and best practices for carriers and their counsel navigating Federal probes of and enforcement against their insureds.… Read More


Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey Recognized by Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List

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Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey, attorneys in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, were recently recognized among the Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List. The list recognizes law firm partners in the United States and Canada who are accomplished in their practice areas. Benchmark compiles the list based on several phases of research, including a review of candidates’ recent case work, peer review, and client feedback on their performance.… Read More


Patrick Mincey Featured in Business North Carolina

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“Protect directors, officers with coverage,” an article by Patrick Mincey, has been published in the September edition of Business North Carolina magazine. The article explains the role of Directors and Officers liability insurance in protecting businesses and professionals that are investigated by the United States government.… Read More


Patrick Mincey and Matt Gambale to Lead PLAN Webinar

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Patrick Mincey and Matt Gambale will lead the upcoming “D&O Policies And Federal Criminal Investigations: The Law, Strategies and Best Practices for Carriers and their Counsel” webinar by PLAN. The webinar is scheduled for 1PM EST on July 26 and is designed for D&O claims professionals, coverage counsel, and defense counsel.… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys Featured in Wrightsville Beach Magazine

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John Martin and Patrick Mincey are featured in the latest edition of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. “Longevity, Profitability and Personality” examines the process of becoming a partner in a legal services firm. John and Patrick share their personal insights and experiences in the article.… Read More


Government Pursuit Of Health Care Fraud

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“Government Pursuit Of Health Care Fraud,” an Insights article that examines fraud in the health care industry by Patrick Mincey, was published on the online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal on Dec. 1.… Read More


Cybersecurity Vigilance In The Boardroom

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An Insights article by Patrick Mincey was published on the online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal on July 15. The article entitled “Cybersecurity Vigilance In The Boardroom” examines the importance of cybersecurity for businesses.… Read More