Patrick K. Hanly



Sacramento, CA



(916) 492-2680



Patrick K. Hanly has been practicing criminal law since 1989. He is a former federal prosecutor of 15 years and a graduate of the University of Southern California Law Center. Mr. Hanly represents individuals and businesses throughout California who are being investigated or who have been charged by state or federal authorities. He practices in all areas of criminal law, with a special emphasis on business and professional crimes.

Mr. Hanly uses his experience in criminal matters in state and federal courts to help his clients who are under investigation or who have been charged with crimes in  state and federal court. An accomplished and respected trial lawyer with over 60 criminal jury trials to his credit, Mr. Hanly knows his way around a courtroom and he puts that knowledge to work for his clients every day in all areas of criminal law. 

As a former prosecutor, Mr. Hanly knows the inner workings of the prosecutor's office. He knows what does and does not work in the criminal prosecution game. Moreover, his experience allows him to quickly spot the weakness in the government's case and use that weakness to his client's advantage. 

Navigating the treacherous waters of a criminal prosecution is difficult. To deal with the awesome power of the government you need someone with experience; someone who has been there. Mr. Hanly will put his knowledge of the inner workings of the prosecutor's office to work for you. Put knowledge and experience on your side. 

Mr. Hanly's experience can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that you are in capable, experienced hands.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Fraud
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • Civil and Criminal Matters Involving the SEC
  • Criminal Tax Defense
  • Forgery
  • Computer Crime
  • Environmental Crime
  • Major Narcotics Defense
  • Official Misconduct
  • Criminal Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1980


  • Speaker, White Collar Crime Issues, California Lawyer, 2005
  • "Honest Services Fraud," State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) Spring Conference 2006, Sacramento, California, May 10, 2006
  • "Health Care Fraud," California Association of Health Plans, Indian Wells, California, October 20, 2005
  • "Confidentially Under Fire: How In-House Counsel Can Survive the Onslaught against the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Attorney Work Product Doctrine," Association of Corporate Counsel, SoCal Chapter, Los Angeles, California, July 20, 2005
  • "Handling Administrative Law Cases In the Face of Criminal Law Issues" Sacramento County Bar, Administrative Law Section, April 13, 2007
  • "Anatomy of a Public Corruption Case" Conference Lecture for League of California Cities, Monterey, July 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sacramento Federal Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Prosecutor, Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California
  • Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, Partner