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Patrick J. Knight


Patrick J. Knight
Patrick Super Lawyer Top 50 Patrick Super Lawyer 15 Year Patrick Super Lawyer 2023 AV 10.0Patrick J. Knight Healthcare Lawyers Biz Times Notable Litigator

Patrick J. Knight


Phone: 414‐224‐3644
Fax: 414-271-7680
Email: sserddA liamE wohS
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Patrick Knight's thirty plus years of litigation experience in the civil, white collar criminal and healthcare fields make him uniquely qualified to handle the complex legal issues that impact multiple areas of a client's interests.

Pat's experience with federal, state and local regulating and investigating agencies gives him the ability to guide clients through the multiple areas of risk that affect today's business and professional climate. This allows his clients the time to focus on maintaining business and professional concerns, while he controls any civil, criminal or regulatory risks that may affect their organization. His approachable manner allows him to create a comfortable client attorney relationship. More importantly, his experience and rapport with Federal and State agencies and prosecutors provides clients the necessary access to problem solutions.

In recent years Pat has successfully resolved large scale civil, criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions of clients involving qui tam litigation, alleged DEA violations, pharmaceutical fraud and quality of care matters. As a result, he is often called upon to conduct internal investigations and "take the point" on dealing with multiple federal and state agencies. Addressing potential problems early and aggressively has allowed many business and professional clients to grow and thrive while undergoing a government investigation. Peer recognition of his broad-based government investigation practice has resulted in Pat being honored by Best Lawyers in America for Healthcare Law, Wisconsin Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation Defense and AV Preeminent in White Collar Defense by the National Law Journal.

Pat is also frequently asked to advise and educate healthcare groups including the Wisconsin Medical Society, corporate healthcare counsel and the long-term-care industry.

When Pat is not advocating for his clients, he is on the basketball court or golf course, coaching for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. "While coaching these special athletes takes some time, the inspiration they provide is worth far more than the commitment I make."

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1997


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1979
  • St. Joseph's College
    • B.S. - 1976

Published Works

  • WI Medical Journal, "Prescribing Opioids during the Diversion Crackdown," Vol. 109, Issue 5, October 2010 (LINK)
  • Health Law Section Newsletter, "Physician Pain Management Vigilance Under The New Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program" (PDF)


  • Healthcare Fraud, Wisconsin, 2005
  • Healthcare Fraud, Wisconsin, 2004
  • White Collar/Healthcare Defense, 2003
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse, WACDL, 2005
  • Crisis Management in the Healthcare Arena, WI State Bar , 2010
  • Current Issues in Business Law, WI State Bar, 2010
  • A GPS for Health Law, WI Medical Society, 2010
  • Inside v. Outside v. Government Counsel, Business Counsel Institute, December 2011
  • Fraud and Abuse Annual Update, WI State Bar Health Law Section, January 2012
  • "So You're in the Middle of a Government Healthcare Investigation", WI Society of Medical Assistants Conference, April 2012
  • Healthcare Fraud, WI Bar Health, Labor and Employment Law Institute, August 2013
  • Marquette University Health Law Society, Keynote Speaker, November 2017

Honors and Awards

  • BizTimes Media, Notable Litigators and Trial Attorneys
  • Named in "2022 Best Lawyers in America" for Health Care Law and Criminal Defense (General Practice), Criminal Defense- White Collar
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers" for Health Care Law and Criminal Defense (General Practice), Criminal Defense- White Collar
  • AV Preeminent - Healthcare Defense - Corporate Counsel Magazine
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Named in top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – 2017
  • Leaders in the Law - Wisconsin Law Journal - 2009
  • Fellow; Wisconsin Law Foundation - 2011 - present
  • AV Preeminent, White Collar Criminal Defense, National Law Journal - 2012, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Healthcare - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Court Commissioner - Branch 39

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Health Law, Litigation and Criminal Law Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association: Health and Criminal Law Sections, Member
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Health Law Section, Board of Directors
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Eastern District of WI Bar Association (EDWBA)

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