Christopher R.L. Davies

Christopher Davies has more than 15 years’ experience representing clients in complex civil, criminal and administrative matters, often involving crisis management, including communications and public policy strategy and outreach.

Mr. Davies has extensive international experience and has represented non-US-based entities from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and the UK in connection with both US and non-US proceedings.

Government Investigations

Mr. Davies has represented clients before federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including Main Justice, multiple US Attorneys’ Offices and the SEC. Investigations have concerned allegations of: securities, accounting, tax and other frauds; insider trading; corrupt payments; financial reporting and disclosure improprieties; noncompliance with professional and regulatory standards; environmental crimes; pretexting; anti-money laundering violations; and discriminatory conduct.

Litigation

Mr. Davies has litigated cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court. Matters have included: securities fraud, derivative actions, breaches of contract, unfair competition and other business torts; False Claims Act violations; discriminatory conduct; violations of professional standards; and breaches of duty.

Internal Investigations

Mr. Davies has led and participated in internal investigations concerning: improper document destruction; obstruction of government inquiries; potential corrupt payments; misappropriation of assets; misvaluation of securities and investments; discriminatory conduct; financial and tax fraud; and insider trading.

Counseling

Mr. Davies counsels clients on: cross-border discovery; privilege matters; compliance and other risk management policies and practices; document retention protocols and practices; and regulatory and risk management matters.

Pro Bono

Mr. Davies serves as counsel to a Washington DC-area private school; represents indigent defendants in state criminal appeals; has recovered assets stolen from a nonprofit mental healthcare provider through litigation in DC courts; has represented a non-profit healthcare entity in private litigation and in a suit against the DC government; has sued Richmond for pervasive noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in its schools; has served as Complaint Examiner for DC Police Complaints Board; and has advised National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and filed briefs on NACDL’s behalf concerning right to counsel and due process, expert testimony in financial fraud cases, attorney-client privilege, and structuring.

Mr. Davies is a vice chair of the firm’s Securities Department and chair of the DC office's hiring committee.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Investigations and Criminal Litigation, 2) Securities Litigation, 3) International Litigation and 4) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption
Law School Stanford Law School, J.D., 1996
Education Wesleyan University, B.A.,1993
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm WilmerHale
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