Christopher LaVigne

Christopher LaVigne


A former federal prosecutor, Chris focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and high-stakes commercial litigation matters. Chris regularly represents corporate clients, financial institutions and hedge funds, and individual clients in matters involving the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC, OFAC, and other agencies.

Chris also represents clients at trials and hearings in high-stakes matters. Chris previously served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2005-2013. Chris was a member of the Securities and Commodities Task Force and served as lead trial counsel in the high-profile case United States v. Doug Whitman, in which the founder of a hedge fund was convicted of all insider trading counts after trial.

Chris also worked in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, where he served as lead counsel in several of the Office’s highest profile international criminal prosecutions involving national security matters, sanctions and export control violations, terrorism matters, and foreign corruption. Chris’ noteworthy cases include the prosecution of an MIT-educated neuroscientist (nicknamed “Lady al Qaeda”) who was convicted after trial of attempted murder of federal officials in Afghanistan.


Representative matters

SS&C Technologies as Plaintiff in a jury trial against Clearwater Analytics in Cook County, Illinois. Jury awarded SS&C $44 million for Clearwater’s misappropriation of its trade secrets, including $28 million in punitive damages for Clearwater’s willful and malicious conduct.

Convinced SEC to dismiss lead insider trading count against individual client shortly before trial in the SDNY. Resolved case on eve of trial with no admission of wrongdoing.

Individual client in SEC insider trading matter on eve of trial in the SDNY. Resolved case with no admission of wrongdoing.

Data colocation center client in the firm antitrust trial in Las Vegas (case settled before verdict).

Published Work

  • LaVigne, Christopher, Co-Author, (2017) “Hacking Scandals Highlight Vulnerabilities for Teams and Leagues”, SportsBusiness Journal
  • LaVigne, Christopher, Co-author, (2016) “Implications of Microsoft’s win in overseas server email case”, E-Commerce Law & Policy
  • LaVigne, Christopher, Co-Author, (2016) “Insider Trading Laws and Enforcement”, Practical Compliance & Risk Management For the Securities Industry, Vol. 9, No. 3
  • LaVigne, Christopher, Co-Author, (2016) “‘Litvak’ Dicta Provides Counsel Fodder for Challenging Proof of Intent”, New York Law Journal

Speaking Engagements

  • “Lessons From Recent Trials”, New York City Bar Association’s 8th Annual White Collar Crime Institute, May 2019
  • “Cybersecurity Hypotheticals”, 2018 Managed Funds Association Legal & Compliance Conference, March 2018 
  • “Effective Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Programs”, 2017 Columbia Law School Brazil Forum: Challenges and Perspectives, April 2017
  • “Addressing Current Legal Issues in Daily Fantasy Sports”, Cardozo Sports Law Symposium, March 2016

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Member, New York City Bar Association – White Collar Crime Committee
  • Law360 Sports Editorial Advisory Board
  • Federal Bar Council


  • Recognized as “Super Lawyer” for White Collar Criminal Defense, New York Super Lawyers, 2016 – 2020
  • Recognized in The Legal 500, 2015 – 2022
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, 2015 – 2022
  • George A. Spiegelberg Award for Best Oral Advocate, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 2002



New York, 2003


United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1998

J.D., Northwestern University, 2002

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.