Patrick Murphy


Senior Advisor

Former F.B.I. Superadvisory Special Agent & Prescient Practice Lead


For the majority of Prescient's history, Patrick (Pat) led Prescient’s Investigations Practice, working with corporate stakeholders and global law firms to address complex disputes; mitigate internal risks; and gain the upper hand in litigation proceedings. He has over 30 years of professional experience advising clients on their highest impact and most sensitive challenges.

A former Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pat led investigations of high-profile public corruption and financial crimes during his over 25 years of service. His achievements include the successful investigation, prosecution, and conviction of former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, for which he received both the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Investigation. Pat later co-wrote a detailed article on the arrest of Governor Blagojevich, published by Chicago Magazine in 2018. He was also interviewed in the "Blago!" episode of Netflix series Trial by Media. While with the FBI, Pat has served at a variety of U.S. and overseas field offices, including Chicago, Sacramento, Detroit, and Baghdad.

Before joining Prescient, Patrick served as a Director of Forensic, Investigative & Dispute Services at Grant Thornton. In addition to his law degree, Patrick is a licensed Private Detective in Illinois, as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Public Accountant.

Professional Experience

  • Public Corruption
  • Complex Financial Crimes
  • White Collar Crime
  • Securities Fraud
  • Litigation Support
  • Internal Investigations
  • Threat Investigations


He earned a B.Sc. in Accounting from DePaul University and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.