Patrick Hanley


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

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

Associations & Memberships:
Boston Bar Association
American Bar Association

Mr. Hanley is a trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in connection with
government investigations, 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.

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
involving narcotics, firearms, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion and related offenses, 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. During
his time in the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Hanley tried the greatest number of cases 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’s extensive government experience has provided him with deep knowledge and
contacts within local, state, tribal and federal government, including the regulatory agencies that
oversee alcohol, cannabis, lottery, casinos, sports betting, daily fantasy sports and other closely
regulated industries and their products. Mr. Hanley has led or supervised hundreds of grand jury
investigations and presented hundreds, if not thousands, of witnesses before the grand jury, in
cases of all kinds, including investigations of allegations of violent crimes, extortion, fraud,
loansharking, illegal gambling, money laundering, public corruption, drug trafficking, human
trafficking and animal cruelty. Mr. Hanley has extensive experience conducting investigations
of government employees suspected of misconduct, including the preparation of government
officials in advance of interviews, as well as grand jury and trial testimony.

Mr. Hanley has successfully tried criminal and civil cases in Federal, Superior, District,
Municipal and Juvenile Courts across Massachusetts.

Practice Areas:
Criminal and Civil Trial Practice
Government Investigations and White Collar Defense
Gaming Law
Regulatory, licensing, civil service and administrative matters
Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)
Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC)
Cannabis Control Commission (CCC)
Board of Bar Overseers (BBO)
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
Civil Service Commission (CSC)
Asset Forfeiture
Wage and Hour Matters

Representative Experience:
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
Advise gaming company as to Massachusetts market and its unique legal framework
Advise group developing new thoroughbred racing facility in Massachusetts

Additional Biographical Details:
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

Patrick Hanley and Widmaier Marcus Charles, Should State Law Enforcement Official be
Required to Develop and Implement Minimization Protocols to Govern the Execution of Digital
Search Warrants, 100 Mass. Law Review 1, 5 (2018).

Teaching Experience:
Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop Guest Faculty (2008-2020)
Brandeis University Guberman Fellow (2014)
National Cyber Crime Conference Guest Faculty (2016-2019)

Patrick Hanley