For more than a decade, Chuck Connolly served as a federal prosecutor in white-collar, complex fraud cases in the Eastern District of Virginia. There, he not only learned how to investigate and build complex financial cases—including those involving accounting fraud, bank fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and corporate fraud—but also tried two of the largest corporate fraud cases in the history of the district.
Chuck brings that experience and his understanding of how prosecutors evaluate potential cases into his representation of individuals and companies facing scrutiny from federal authorities in the United States. He has conducted investigations in multiple domestic jurisdictions, as well as in Latin America, China, Europe and the Middle East. He is commercially pragmatic and works tirelessly to achieve positive results for his clients.
Chuck represents clients in a wide range of matters related to federal and state criminal and regulatory enforcement, including:
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
- Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
- Anti-money laundering (AML) statutes.
- Federal procurement.
- Public corruption.
- S. sanctions regimes.
- False Claims Act (FCA).
- Served as chief of the Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Represents companies and individuals in government and corporate investigations.
- Defends against allegations of violations of federal and state regulations related to financial crimes.
- For a global Fortune 50 company, investigating numerous allegations of financial misconduct, accounting issues and potential fraud, determining the extent, if any, of illegal conduct in thorough, yet cost-effective, investigations that identified issues and offered solutions.
- Successfully represented a significant government contractor by winning a summary judgment on FCA allegations related to a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Represented an international company in a World Bank corruption investigation. The investigation was closed without any action against the company or any of its employees.
- Provided legal advice to a casino facing a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in a BSA/AML enforcement action.
- Served as lead counsel to a monitor of an international financial institution and advised on legal and strategic issues related to the evaluation of AML, BSA and sanctions systems, procedures, compliance and controls. Assisted in the drafting of extensive monitor reports and engaged in frequent meetings and presentations to the relevant law enforcement agency.
- Counseled a group of large, institutional, private equity investors in a matter in which the general partner improperly removed more than $20 million in fees. Guided the clients through federal court litigation, taking an aggressive litigation posture. After deposing the lead plaintiff and lead expert witness—who withdrew his expert opinion during the deposition—achieved a settlement of 98 cents on the dollar from the general partner.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.
- Counselor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.
- Chief, Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Deputy Chief, Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, 1995
- B.A., Johns Hopkins University, with honors, 1991
- District of Columbia
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