Christopher P. Hotaling - Government Investigations & White Collar Defense - Nixon Peabody LLP

Christopher P. Hotaling



Christopher Hotaling is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. After 16 years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Chris focuses his practice on representing entities and individuals in all types of government investigations, criminal prosecutions, and regulatory enforcement actions. A seasoned trial attorney, clients also come to Chris for their most significant complex commercial litigation.

What do you focus on?

Leveraging my years of experience as a federal prosecutor in Chicago, I represent clients on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters covering a broad scope of industries, including health care, financial services, and securities. I regularly interact with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory agencies in enforcement actions and investigations. I also have significant experience investigating and litigating an expansive array of white collar and regulatory areas including securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, health care fraud and the False Claims Act, tax fraud, money laundering, RICO, and public corruption.

Relying on the skills I developed as the section chief covering domestic and international money laundering, I further focus on conducting investigations and advising clients across industries, including financial services and the emerging cannabis industry, on anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act issues. These same skills allow me to counsel clients who are the subject of corruption investigations involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. I’m well positioned to help our clients not only ensure their AML compliance systems are adequate, but also advise and negotiate on their behalf if they are the target of a money laundering or FCPA investigation.

Before joining the firm, I was the Chief of the Narcotics and Money Laundering Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. During my tenure as section chief, I personally led or supervised over 500 complex investigations touching on virtually every corner of federal criminal law. Additionally, while acting as section chief, I served as the DOJ Opioid Coordinator for the Northern District of Illinois. In that role, I coordinated the federal response, together with state and local stakeholders, to address the rampant opioid crisis, including the deadly role fentanyl and its’ analogues played in that crisis, affecting the entire northern Illinois area. I also have extensive courtroom experience, including 24 federal jury trials, many involving complex fraud and financial issues, and arguments in over 12 matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

What do you see on the horizon?

The Biden administration’s DOJ, under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland, is going to have vastly different enforcement priorities than the previous administration and will, in all likelihood, look quite similar to the Obama era. Specifically, the Biden/Garland DOJ is going to put a heavy emphasis on certain white-collar areas, such as environmental crimes and corporate financial fraud, including securities fraud, and stimulus/pandemic fraud, including fraud targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and other Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs. There will also likely be a renewed focus on civil rights crimes. Additionally, the Biden/Garland DOJ will continue to prioritize FCPA investigations in an effort to root out foreign corruption.

Together with a re-energized DOJ, expect to see state attorneys general continue to be significant players in the enforcement arena, much as they were during the previous administration. In addition to their traditional role of protecting consumers and enforcing state regulations, state AGs across the country have already flexed their muscle in opioid/public nuisance lawsuits, and they will continue to do so in the larger life sciences and health care space. Expect to see state AGs and their offices investigate and seek to prosecute companies and executives involved in fraud and abuse, price-fixing, bid-rigging, and other anti-competitive conduct in these critical industries.

Healthcare fraud probes grow in number, intensity

Modern Healthcare | October 03, 2020

Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chis Hotaling is quoted in this article for his outlook on the financial incentive that may be driving larger information requests by government investigators.

Indicted Flynn Associate Wants To Weigh In On DOJ Dismissal

Law360 | June 05, 2020

This article mentions Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes associate Scott Dinner for representing Ekim Alptekin, who on Friday requested permission to file an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice's bid in U.S. v. Flynn.

Managing Risks That Come with Federal Funds

Corporate Compliance Insights | April 17, 2020

NP’s Christopher Hotaling, Adam Tarosky, Scott O’Connell and Colin Missett authored this article detailing key considerations for businesses to consider, given that funds under the CARES Act come with associated responsibilities for recipients, creating potential criminal and civil liability if not properly handled.

Career tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | October 01, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

Nixon Peabody nabs Adduci Mastriani IP pro in DC

Law360 | September 30, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

News digest: On the move

World Trademark Review | September 27, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

Nixon Peabody’s white-collar team adds former prosecutor

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 25, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling to Nixon Peabody following his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-prosecutor as partner in Chicago

Law360 | September 25, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling to Nixon Peabody following his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Contact

Christopher P. Hotaling

Partner

Chicago

Phone: 312-977-4418


Fax: 833-968-0535

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

Duke University, A.B., cum laude

Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

  • Executive Office for the U.S. Attorney’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team (2010)
  • Chicago Crime Commission Stars of Distinction Award for Law Enforcement Excellence (2016)
  • OCDETF Strike Force Appreciation Award (2015)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee (former chairperson)
  • Federal Bar Association
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