Los Angeles, CA. Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Grigg, a veteran federal prosecutor and former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, has joined the global law firm as a partner in the Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice. Chris will be based in Los Angeles.
As the National Security Division Chief at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Chris led and supervised investigations of suspected export and sanctions violations, fraud, money laundering, trade secret theft, economic espionage, cybercrime, and terrorism. During his 15 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he also previously served as chief of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section, led the office’s export enforcement task force, and managed numerous complex domestic and international investigations involving counterintelligence, export controls, sanctions-driven efforts to combat Russian aggression, cyber investigations and cases, fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.
Chris’s practice will focus on representing entities and individuals in federal and state enforcement and litigation, government investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory proceedings. He also leverages his experience as a federal prosecutor to advise and guide businesses through continued risk on multiple global fronts, including in connection with export controls, sanctions, and cybersecurity matters.
“Chris’s profound experience and impressive leadership are strong assets to our clients, both in California and across our international practice,” said Robert Fisher, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice. “He knows firsthand how government agencies investigate and prosecute high-profile cases. As DOJ priorities continue to evolve, the need for experienced counsel to advise on international regulatory and compliance matters has never been greater, and Chris is very well positioned to help our clients achieve positive results.”
Chris led and prosecuted some of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s largest national security cases, including the office’s critical incident response to the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, and its related prosecutions, which earned him the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.
“We are very fortunate to welcome Chris to the firm and NP’s Los Angeles office,” said Sonia Nayak, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office. “Chris brings a dynamic background in litigation, compliance, and crisis management work that adds to the full-service spectrum of our team of cross-practice attorneys in Southern California. His experience with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and United States Attorneys' Office, leading investigations and prosecutions at both domestic and international levels that include economic espionage, cybercrimes, terrorism, fraud, and numerous additional complex matters, will be a highly valuable asset to our clients regionally and across our firm.”
Prior to becoming an attorney and prosecutor, Chris served as a team leader in the United States Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude.