Chris is chair of the firm’s white collar and regulatory defense group and is a partner in the litigation group. He is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience litigating both criminal and civil matters. He co-leads the firm’s government enforcement and investigations practice, and leads its white-collar criminal defense practice. Chris frequently represents corporations, audit committees, and executives in internal investigations and before the DOJ, SEC, and other government enforcement agencies in a variety of matters, including: financial and accounting issues, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, U.S. export control and economic sanctions violations, unfair competition, trade secret theft, antitrust violations, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud, among others. In addition, he frequently advises corporations and boards on the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs, as well as corporate governance and disclosure issues.
Before joining the firm in 2007, Chris served as a federal prosecutor in San Francisco for six years where he was a member of the Securities Fraud Section and prosecuted a variety of white-collar crimes. Chris worked closely with the SEC in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere while conducting corporate fraud investigations. During his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chris represented the United States in over a dozen high-profile jury trials and evidentiary hearings and numerous appeals before the Ninth Circuit. He was lead counsel in several stock option backdating investigations involving Silicon Valley companies, investigations of technology companies for revenue recognition fraud, and other corporate fraud investigations.