Theodore Chung

Jones Day 

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West Wacker Drive 77
Chicago 60601 IL US

Theodore T. Chung, chair of the Firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, has deep experience conducting internal investigations, defending companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, and counseling clients on compliance programs and issues.

Throughout his career, Ted has helped participants in many different industries address some of their most complicated and sensitive problems. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has served as investigative and defense counsel in numerous high-profile criminal and administrative matters in the United States and across Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

These matters have involved allegations of bribery and other corrupt conduct, including alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Anti-Kickback Statute; financial and regulatory fraud (e.g., False Claims Act, tax, bankruptcy, federal programs); procurement fraud; accounting irregularities; violations of export / import and immigration laws; and violations of corporate policy.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Ted had a distinguished and multifaceted career in both private practice and public service, having served as General Counsel to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a partner at another major law firm, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office, the First Assistant Corporation Counsel in the city of Chicago’s law department, and Deputy Chief of Staff (Public Safety) for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Ted has held an appointment as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law and writes and lectures frequently on topics related to white-collar crime, corporate compliance, and ethics.


  • Northwestern University (J.D. cum laude 1993; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review);
  • Dartmouth College (A.B. in English cum laude 1989)



  • Law Clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr.,
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1993-1994)


  • General Counsel, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois (2009-2010);
  • Counsel, Illinois Admissions Review Commission (2009);
  • First Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Law (2005-2007);
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley (2004-2005); and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Criminal Division:
  • Deputy Chief of General Crimes Section (2002-2004) and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1998-2004)


  • Hyster-Yale acquires 75 percent of Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Truck
  • The Carlyle Group sells Signode Industrial Group Holdings to Crown Holdings, Inc. for $4 billion
  • Illinois victim of torture sentenced to life without parole at age 17 wins early release
  • U.S. company evaluates issues associated with filing an antidumping or countervailing duty petition
  • National retailer defends allegations of corruption in Latin American and Asia
  • Jones Day Chicago develops relationship with the Civic Consulting Alliance
  • Client’s sentence is substantially reduced and will be wiped clean upon satisfactory completion of the probationary term
  • Client charged with two counts of forgery receives sentence of probation
  • Major university conducts investigation into statistical data disseminated by law school.


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