Christopher LaVigne is a partner in the Litigation group and his practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex, commercial litigation matters. Chris has an active trial practice covering both criminal and complex civil litigation matters. Chris recently obtained a favorable verdict for a fintech software and services company after a two-week jury trial in a misappropriation of a trade secrets case. Previously, Chris 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 and conducted trials involving securities fraud, foreign corruption, terrorism, and international narcotics trafficking.
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 from 2016 to 2018, and Benchmark Litigation recognized him from 2015 to 2020 for his litigation skills.
As a federal prosecutor and member of the Southern District of New York 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 worked in the Southern District of New York 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 prosecution of an MIT-educated neuroscientist (nicknamed “Lady al Qaeda”) who was convicted after trial of attempted murder of federal officials in Afghanistan. Chris also prosecuted cases involving national security matters; sanctions and export control offenses; 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.
J.D., cum laude
B.A., cum laude