Patrick Hanley2022-11-07T16:17:34+00:00

Patrick Hanley


Admission Details:
2003, Massachusetts; 2007, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Brandeis University, B.A., 2000; Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Professional Affiliations:
Boston Bar Association, American Bar Association

Birth Information:
Waltham, Massachusetts


Areas of Practice

Mr. Hanley is a trial and gaming lawyer representing businesses and individuals in connection with government investigations, professional discipline, business disputes and regulatory matters. Mr. Hanley maintains an active criminal and civil caseload in Massachusetts state and federal courts. As part of his practice, Mr. Hanley also serves as General Counsel to the State Police Association of Massachusetts, commonly known as SPAM, the largest police association in New England. Immediately prior to joining Butters Brazilian, from 2012-2019, Mr. Hanley served as the first Chief of Gaming Enforcement for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Hanley has been practicing law since 2003 as an adviser to businesses, government entities and individuals, and as a criminal prosecutor. From 2008-2019, Mr. Hanley worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, initially as an Assistant Attorney General in the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, where he prosecuted organized criminal enterprises, then as Massachusetts’ first Chief of Gaming Enforcement, where he oversaw all investigations and prosecutions statewide of cases impacting or relating to the Commonwealth’s growing casino industry. Mr. Hanley led the investigation and prosecution of some of the largest and most complicated criminal cases that the Attorney General’s Office brought during his tenure, including the largest search and seizure operation in Massachusetts State Police history. Mr. Hanley has led or supervised hundreds of grand jury investigations and examined hundreds of witnesses to the grand jury, in cases of all kinds, including investigations of violent crimes, extortion, fraud, loansharking, illegal gambling, money laundering, public corruption, drug trafficking, human trafficking and animal cruelty. During his time in the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Hanley tried the greatest number of cases of anyone in the Criminal Bureau, which included nine separate wiretap trials.

Mr. Hanley worked closely with all stakeholders in the rollout of casinos under Massachusetts’ Expanded Gaming Act, which was passed in 2011. He participated in all facets of its implementation, including statutory interpretation, promulgation of regulations, selection of personnel, budgeting, procurement, community engagement and developing expertise in an industry new to Massachusetts. Consequently, Mr. Hanley is intimately familiar with casino operations and the unique licensing, compliance and enforcement challenges that casino licensees, gaming and non-gaming vendors and key gaming employees face, and he has the legal knowledge and relationships to address these challenges. Mr. Hanley has spoken extensively about casino enforcement, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, compliance, money laundering/FinCEN and electronic surveillance and wiretaps.

Mr. Hanley represents attorneys and police officers in connection with disciplinary investigations.

Mr. Hanley has successfully tried criminal and civil cases in Federal, Superior, District, Municipal and Juvenile Courts across Massachusetts. He has also tried cases before administrative bodies and arbitration panels.

Mr. Hanley serves on the Board of Editors of the Massachusetts Law Review.

Notable Cases

  • Conducted independent investigation for Wilmington Public Schools and reported findings of abuse by an educator
  • Represent State Police Association of Massachusetts as General Counsel
  • Successfully represented Massachusetts casino qualifier before Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau
  • Successfully invoked Valor Act on behalf of Massachusetts State Trooper
  • Successfully defended Cambridge landlord against G.L. c. 93A claims
  • Successfully represented travel company in connection with inquiry by Massachusetts Attorney General of refunds necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic resulting in no penalties
  • Successfully represented deputy sheriff in connection with excessive use of force allegations, resulting in no criminal charges
  • Successfully represented teacher in connection with an investigation by Department of Children and Families (DCF), resulting in no finding of misconduct
  • Successfully represented small business owner in connection with investigation by Customs and Border Protection
  • Advised gaming company as to Massachusetts market and its unique legal framework
  • Advise ownership group developing new thoroughbred racing facility in Massachusetts
  • Represent Massachusetts municipal Police Chief in connection with an employment matter

Teaching Experience

  • Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop Guest Faculty (2008-2021)
  • Brandeis University Guberman Fellow (2014)
  • National Cyber Crime Conference Guest Faculty (2016-2019)

Professional Experience

  • 2003-2004 – Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court
  • 2004-2007 – Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • 2007-2008 – Associate, Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP
  • 2008-2019 – Assistant Attorney General & Division Chief, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • 2019-present – Partner, Butters Brazilian LLP

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