Christopher A. Ott, CIPP/US, advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber incidents, national security matters, white-collar investigations, government enforcement actions, and high-stakes litigation.
Chris has served as an influential law enforcement official for multiple administrations. In this capacity, Chris led some of the largest white-collar investigations in United States Department of Justice (DOJ) history, won dozens of trials as a first-chair litigator, and spearheaded some of the DOJ’s first successful cyber investigations. Most recently, Chris has served as Senior Counterintelligence and Cyber Counsel with the DOJ’s National Security Division.
Prior to assuming his role in the NSD, Chris served as senior trial counsel to Loretta Lynch in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). In that position, Chris pioneered the work of the DOJ in cases that combined white collar and cyber issues.
Chris also held various interim and permanent leadership positions as an assistant United States attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of California and the EDNY. As an AUSA, he prosecuted cyber-, fraud, and public corruption matters, among others, winning more than 30 cases jury trials as a first-chair litigator. Subjects of Chris’ investigations have also been featured on the true-crime TV show “American Greed.”
Chris’s work has been featured or cited in cyber-, economic espionage, and white-collar matters by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, CNN, CNBC, and Vanity Fair, among others.
Chris, who joined DOJ directly after his federal clerkships, has won the Assistant Attorney General Award for Excellence, DOJ Director’s Award for superior performance by a litigative team, DOJ National Victim Rights Champion, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF) Prosecutor of the Year, and other domestic and international awards.
Professional & Community Activities:
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2014-present
- Mortgage Fraud Coordinator, Eastern District of New York, 2013-2016
- Cyber Crime Working Group, Eastern District of New York, 2014-2018
- Sexual Abuse Peer Advisors Program, Dartmouth College
- J.D., with honors, Emory University School of Law, 2001
- B.A., Anthropology and Biochemistry, Dartmouth College, 1998
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