Chris has received awards from various legal publications and rankings. In 2014, Chris was named by Law360 as one of five White Collar Rising Stars, which recognizes “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.” Chris was named a “Super Lawyer” by New York Super Lawyers in 2016, and Benchmark Litigation recognized him in 2015 and 2016 for his litigation skills. In addition, Chris was recently selected as a member of the prestigious Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York where he represents indigent defendants in federal criminal cases. Chris has also argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
As a federal prosecutor and member of the SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Chris prosecuted a wide array of securities fraud offenses. Among other cases, Chris served as lead trial counsel in the insider trading trial of United States v. Doug Whitman, in which the founder of the Whitman Capital hedge fund was convicted of all insider trading counts after a multi-week trial. Chris also investigated and prosecuted numerous other insider trading offenses at hedge funds and expert network firms, as well as cases involving investment adviser fraud, hedge fund overvaluation schemes, and broker-dealer markup schemes.
Chris also worked in the SDNY’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, where he served as lead counsel in several of the Office’s highest profile international criminal prosecutions. Chris’ noteworthy cases include the successful prosecution of individuals charged with conspiring to export military parts and carbon fiber from the United States to Iran and China in violation of OFAC and other regulations, as well as prosecution of an MIT-educated neuroscientist (nicknamed “Lady al Qaeda”) for attempted murder of federal officials in Afghanistan. Chris also prosecuted several cases involving national security matters; foreign terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and al Shabaab; export and money laundering offenses relating to embargoed countries and entities; and cases involving foreign corruption.
In addition to his government service with the Department of Justice, Chris clerked for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and worked as an associate at another New York law firm where he focused on white collar criminal defense and securities litigation.