David M. Chaiken is a partner in the firm’s white collar and government investigations practice. A former federal prosecutor, he defends companies and individuals in white collar criminal matters, grand jury investigations, government enforcement actions, internal investigations and complex civil litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, David served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Economic Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta for nine years. In that position, David led all phases of the investigation and prosecution of corporate and white collar crimes ranging from public company accounting fraud to employee embezzlement, including high-profile insider trading and accounting fraud cases and one of the largest law firm trust account embezzlements in U.S. history.
David also coordinated parallel proceedings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies, served as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group, and was a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) prosecutor for cybercrime matters.
He has significant jury trial experience, having tried several high-profile cases to verdict. His jury trials include a bribery and honest services fraud trial against three top corporate executives in September 2016, and one of the first criminal insider trading trials in Georgia history in August 2015, involving a remote-tippee hedge fund manager.
David has significant experience handling matters involving securities fraud, insider trading, fraudulent financial reporting, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, bribery, federal program fraud, cybercrimes, Bank Secrecy Act violations and anti-money laundering compliance issues.
Representative Matters :
- Defending a former executive of a NYSE-listed global automobile manufacturer in an SEC investigation and related federal civil litigation concerning sales reporting practices.
- Defending a former healthcare IT company executive in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation relating to electronic health records software sales.
- Defending the former CEO of a NYSE-listed public company in consolidated federal securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation arising out of a data breach incident.
- Defending the former president of a NYSE-listed public company in federal shareholder derivative litigation alleging improper business practices and insider trading.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of the board of directors of a nonprofit organization into potential crimes committed by a former officer.
- Defended a small-business owner against a federal fraud indictment, resolving the case with a below-guidelines sentence and a small fine.
- Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2001, Notes & Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal (2000-2001)
- Colgate University, B.A., 1995
BAR ADMISSIONS : Georgia, California.
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- California State Courts
- Georgia State Courts
Professional Experience :
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Economic Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, 2007-2016
- Law Clerk to the Honorable William C. O’Kelley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2001-2002
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