Chris Grigg leverages his 20 years of experience as a litigator, including 15 years serving as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, to represent entities and individuals in federal and state enforcement litigation, government investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory proceedings. He also advises and guides businesses through continued risk on multiple global fronts, including in connection with export controls, sanctions, and cybersecurity matters. Before becoming an attorney, Chris served as a team leader in the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.
For more than 15 years as a federal prosecutor, including in my most recent role as Chief of the National Security Division at the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, I led and supervised hundreds of investigations of suspected export and sanctions violations, fraud, money laundering, trade-secret theft, economic espionage, cybercrime, and terrorism. I also managed numerous complex domestic and international investigations involving counterintelligence, export-control, and sanctions-driven efforts to combat foreign aggression, foreign malign influence, cyber intrusions, and identity theft. I have been a litigation and trial lawyer for more than 20 years and bring my wealth of experience and insight to bear helping clients navigate the world around them. My practice focuses on four areas.
Whether undertaking internal investigations of suspected wrongdoing or seeking guidance in addressing subpoenas or other government inquiries or allegations, clients increasingly need experienced counsel who understand government and can anticipate emerging regulatory and enforcement risk. I offer unique insights and apply lessons learned from my years of experience as a federal prosecutor leading matters at the forefront of the government’s national enforcement priorities. I have extensive experience in matters involving: the FBI; the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security; the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section and other components of the Justice Department’s National Security Division; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including US Customs and Border Protection and DHS’s Homeland Security Investigations; the IRS; NASA; and the Department of Defense. Clients find my experience managing complex federal investigations and prosecutions particularly valuable, especially when weighing the potential costs and benefits of voluntary disclosure, cooperation, and settlement against a constantly evolving business environment and shifting government enforcement priorities.
I assist clients with export control and sanctions matters involving goods and technology regulated by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Throughout my time as a federal prosecutor, including several years overseeing the Los Angeles US Attorney’s Office’s Export and Anti-proliferation Global Law Enforcement Task Force, which leverages the authorities and capabilities of over twenty federal agencies to investigate and prosecute violations of export and trade sanctions laws, I led and supervised investigations involving violations of the Export Administration Regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, the Foreign Trade Regulations, the Export Control Reform Act, the Arms Export Control Act, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
Clients directly benefit from my experience in investigations spanning the globe, including partnering with foreign officials to obtain records and interview witnesses and victims. Many of my cases have featured international businesses and academic institutions as perpetrators, victims, and witnesses. And I’ve led and supervised export and cyber investigations leveraging mutual legal assistance treaties to pursue evidence in dozens of countries around the world.
The illicit conduct in these and similar cases frequently jeopardized US companies’ most valuable intellectual property assets and data holdings, the compromise of which threatened the IP holders’ bottom line and, in some cases, their very existence. I have extensive experience investigating how such compromises happen and identifying weaknesses in victim companies’ defenses.
Clients facing litigation and the prospect of trial must quickly implement strategies that minimize risk, effectively manage costs, and maximize opportunities for favorable outcomes both before trial and after. I assist clients by leveraging more than two decades of experience preparing and taking civil and criminal cases to trial. In both my own cases, and later in virtually every national security matter prosecuted in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, I developed, implemented, and supervised litigation tactics and strategies to manage risk, reach settlements, admit evidence, and persuade judges and juries to accept my client’s view of the facts and the law. My experience helps me advocate for clients’ interests in ways that are engineered to succeed in courtrooms and administrative tribunals.
Robust compliance and well-considered interaction with government regulators are vital for success in today’s increasingly complex global economy. I draw on my extensive litigation and law enforcement experience to help clients diagnose compliance needs, meaningfully engage with regulators, and develop and improve best practices as they seek to compete in the global business world.
As DOJ priorities continue to evolve and global economies strive for stability and growth, the need for experienced counsel to navigate compliance and enforcement issues has never been greater. Federal agencies likely will continue to ramp up their focus on white-collar crime and pursue sanctions and trade enforcement as tools of national policy, especially as competition from China and Russia intensifies. The federal government and many state attorneys general will increasingly scrutinize and seek to regulate digital assets and markets, emerging DeFi technologies, cybersecurity practices, and efforts to protect digital privacy. Businesses are correctly focusing on identifying and resolving new compliance challenges, but they must also look around the next corner because enforcement efforts are sure to follow.
Boston Corporate partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Los Angeles Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Chris Grigg, and Boston Corporate counsel David Crosby contributed this article, which discusses the additional export controls and sanctions imposed on trade with Russia on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This article focuses on the Bureau of Industry and Society’s (BIS) Office of Export Enforcement increasing its outreach to exporters amid a rise in new restrictions against Russia and China. The article quotes Los Angeles Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Chris Grigg from a recent Massachusetts Export Center webinar, where he discussed what he is seeing in the space and how companies can prepare for possible BIS outreach.
Los Angeles Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Chris Grigg is quoted on a new voluntary self-disclosure policy that was created to encourage consistency across Main Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country when determining if a company has made a voluntary self-disclosure and can receive credit for cooperating with government investigations into potential criminal conduct.
Los Angeles Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Christopher Grigg is quoted in this article, which covers recent revisions to the Department of Justice’s corporate enforcement policy. Chris discusses whether he believes the policy changes will actually incentivize companies to cooperate and self-disclose.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude
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