White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Patrick Gilman is an Associate in Brown Rudnick’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group. Patrick has experience leading teams and managing complex trials and investigations, working on investigations, depositions, evidence collection, discovery and eDiscovery, and the use of forensic experts.

Before joining Brown Rudnick, Patrick was an award-winning Judge Advocate in the United States Army focused on foreign and domestic criminal law, cybersecurity, privacy and regulatory compliance. He has worked globally across Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia and is a decorated combat veteran with over 13 years of experience in litigation, national security, and disrupting financial crimes.


Led a legal team responsible for advising law enforcement agents and analysts within the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, and the Intelligence community on U.S. and international law — including cyber intelligence, disruption of finance networks, investigation of financial crimes, and prosecution of international terrorists. This resulted in international and national seizures in the millions of dollars

Led multiple highly sensitive internal investigations involving unauthorized access to classified information, misuse of government funds, systemic institutional child neglect, and workplace misconduct including sexual harassment and assault

Successfully litigated ten hearings before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Provided strategic guidance and recommendations for military law enforcement agents in Hawaii to answer questions regarding lawful investigative techniques, evidence collection, and preparing special agents to testify at trial

Collaborated with local Iraqi political, judicial, and law enforcement leaders to promote adherence to human rights, the law of armed conflict, and protections under the Iraqi Constitution

Chief legal advisor for organization of 3,500 members in the United States. Successfully prosecuted 40+ felony trials

Negotiated $3 million terms and land lease agreements with Iraqi tribal leaders for wartime damages. Managed $10 million infrastructure build


The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School – Master of Law, June 2015
Chicago Kent College of Law – J.D., 2005
University of Illinois at Chicago – B.A., Political Science, College Honors

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Army Court of Criminal Appeals
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Supreme Court
District of Columbia
“Operation Billy Goat: The Targeting and Killing of a United States Citizen on United States Soil", The Military Law Review, Vol. 223, Issue 4, Winter 2015.
Book Review of The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King – The Five Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea: The Army Lawyer, 9 September 2015.
Awards and Honors
Named Army’s Best Prosecutor, 2017
Named Army’s Best Chief of Military Justice 2016, 2017
The Expert Military Justice Practitioner Skill Identifier, 2016
Purple Heart | Bronze Star Medal | Meritorious Service Medal | Army Commendation Medals | Combat Action Badge