Patrick Mincey is a white collar defense and trial attorney.

A partner in the Raleigh and Wilmington offices, he Chairs the firm’s White Collar & Criminal Defense Group. Patrick is licensed to practice in the courts of North Carolina and New York.

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

Patrick defends individuals and institutions in investigations and prosecutions involving state, federal or foreign governments.

He represents public and private companies, their boards, officers, executives and professionals.

His clients also include health care organizations, higher education institutions, and public officials in a range of sensitive matters.

Bet-the-Company Civil & Regulatory Litigation

Patrick represents clients in matters concerning health care compliance, breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, False Claims Act, Stark / Anti-Kickback, conspiracy, financial and sexual employment misconduct, negligence, RICO, antitrust, securities fraud, tortious interference of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

The Media & Crisis Management

Patrick has extensive experience guiding individuals, organizations and public officials through public relations crises.  He has managed to keep many of his most difficult and sensitive cases out of public reporting and therefore confidential.  Patrick 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 & Prosecutions

Patrick regularly advises insurance companies navigating federal grand jury and regulatory investigations of their insureds to prevent detrimental criminal, civil and regulatory consequences. He helps corporate clients with internal investigations and to develop policies to mitigate a myriad of collateral exposure.

Outside the Courtroom & Boardroom

Patrick 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 who was reared in Tanzania and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They live on the North Carolina coast with their daughter, Marielle.  An avid conservationist, Patrick and his family enjoy skiing out west, fishing and wing shooting at their south Georgia farm— Old Agency Reserve—and sailing in Down East Maine.

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 CIA, NSA 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 affirmed in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • In federal prosecution of executive of car dealership for money laundering, obtained dismissal of most serious charges and probationary sentence for client.
  • Represented AMTRAK official in investigation by Office of Inspector General resulting in no charges filed.
  • Represented Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator in criminal neglect investigation resulting in no charges filed.
  • Represented defense contractor in False Claims Act case involving Classified Information Procedure Act where client allegedly defrauded United States Air Force.
  • Represented Durham County District Attorney in high-profile public official removal proceedings.
  • 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.
  • Obtained not guilty verdict for pulmonologist charged with assault in clinic.
  • 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.
  • In corporate derivative lawsuit, set case law precedent in appellate court on standing to bring action against non-profit Board of Directors.

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
  • Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs)
  • Death Penalty (State & Federal)
  • Dodd Frank Act & Financial Fraud
  • Economic Espionage
  • Election Fraud
  • EPA & Environmental Investigations
  • False Claims Act & Qui Tam
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations & Grand Jury Subpoenas
  • Health Care Fraud
  • IRS Investigations & Tax Fraud
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Public Corruption
  • RICO (Racketeering & Conspiracies)
  • Stark / Anti-Kickback
  • State Attorneys General Investigations
  • SEC Investigations & 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