Patrick Miles, Jr.

Of Counsel
  • 171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
    Suite 1000
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

Patrick Miles Jr. is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg’s Grand Rapids office and is a member of the Litigation Department. Mr. Miles focuses his practice on corporate compliance, investigations, monitorships, and business transactions.

Most recently, Mr. Miles served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan from July 2012 to January 2017, by appointment of President Barack Obama. As a federal prosecutor, he focused on prosecuting those who exploited children, committed violent crimes or defrauded taxpayers, seniors and institutions, as well as on improving relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Prior to his time in public service, Mr. Miles spent 21 years in private practice for large law firms in Grand Rapids, where he counseled clients on entity formation, equity and debt financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, minority and women-owned business formation, financing and certification, contracts, and Michigan liquor licensing. He also represented local governments nationwide in connection with telecommunications provider public right-of-way management and litigation, cable television franchising, rate regulation and customer service, cellular antenna leases, as well as Federal Communications Commission litigation, rulemakings and proceedings.

Mr. Miles has been recognized on Michigan’s Super Lawyers list since 2006. He received the 2005 Outstanding Young Michigander Award from the Michigan Jaycees, the 1996 State Bar of Michigan Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and a number of other awards from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan United Way, NAACP and the Grand Rapids Jaycees. He also has been named to the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 business leaders in 2002, 2005 and 2007. He served as president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association from 2004 to 2005 and as a trustee from 1999-2002. He has also served more than two dozen charitable and professional boards and committees, including chairman of the board of trustees of Aquinas College, chairman of Inner-City Christian Fellowship/Nonprofit Housing Corporation, treasurer of Hope Network, and treasurer of Spectrum Health Hospitals, a multibillion dollar nonprofit hospital group.

He is a frequent author and speaker to professional audiences on legal issues, professionalism, diversity and inclusion and to youth audiences about leadership and service.

After graduating from high school at age 16, Mr. Miles graduated from Aquinas College with a B.S. in business administration, majoring in economics. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Record.

Mr. Miles is admitted to practice in Michigan and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.