Chris Niewoehner is an esteemed trial lawyer who defends prominent individuals and corporations in all phases of government investigations and prosecutions, and handles matters related to complex civil litigation. Chris plays a leading role in managing worldwide issues involving one of the largest US Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal settlements of all time (see United States v. Volkswagen).
Chris has 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor, during which time he handled some of the most notorious political corruption investigations ever brought in the Northern District of Illinois – most notably, the conviction of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
Chris also conducts government investigations involving healthcare, securities, financial institutions, pension systems, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In civil litigation, he focuses his practice on commercial matters. In addition to his trial work, Chris has argued many appeals in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Chris is co-chair of Steptoe’s White-Collar Criminal Defense group, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) – a distinction reserved for one percent of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada.
- US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Deputy Chief, Financial Crimes and Special Prosecution Section (2000-2012)
- Lead prosecutor in: US v. Antoin “Tony” Rezko, US v. William Cellini, and US v. Edward Vrdolyak
Bar & Court Admissions:
- US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1997, magna cum laude
- Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1994, International Studies, New Delhi, India
- A.B., Harvard College, 1992, magna cum laude
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