Christopher LaVigne is a partner in the Litigation practice. Chris previously served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2005-2013, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Chris has extensive trial experience, having conducted multi-week, complex trials involving securities fraud, foreign corruption, terrorism, and international narcotics trafficking. Chris’ practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex, commercial litigation matters.
In 2014, Chris was named by Law360 as one of five nationwide 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 2017, and Benchmark Litigation recognized him in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for his litigation skills. Chris is also a member of the prestigious Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York where he represents indigent defendants in criminal cases.
As a federal prosecutor and member of the SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Chris investigated and prosecuted a wide array of securities fraud offenses. 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 securities fraud cases involving insider trading, 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, as well as the successful prosecution after trial of an MIT-educated neuroscientist (nicknamed “Lady al Qaeda”) for attempted murder of federal officials in Afghanistan. Chris also prosecuted cases involving national security matters; foreign terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and al Shabaab; and cases involving foreign corruption.
In addition, Chris has argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 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.
J.D., cum laude
B.A., cum laude