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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

Languages

  • Spanish

Christopher A. Ott

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Partner
Admitted to practice in California only. Supervised by partners in the Washington, D.C., office.
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Christopher A. Ott, CIPP/US, advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber incidents, national security matters, white-collar investigations, government enforcement actions, and high-stakes litigation.

Chris has served as an influential law enforcement official for multiple administrations. In this capacity, Chris led some of the largest white-collar investigations in United States Department of Justice (DOJ) history, won dozens of trials as a first-chair litigator, and spearheaded some of the DOJ’s first successful cyber investigations. Most recently, Chris has served as Senior Counterintelligence and Cyber Counsel with the DOJ’s National Security Division.
While with the DOJ, Chris:
  • Investigated and charged the first insider trading case based upon hacked information. The international investigation was a joint effort with the Securities and Exchange Commission that resulted in charges against dozens of defendants located throughout the world.
  • Investigated and charged the largest data breach in history: the hacks of Yahoo by Russian intelligence operatives, which resulted in the loss of more than a billion customers’ personally identifiable information to a foreign intelligence organization, the theft of valuable trade secrets, and the reduction of more than $350 million in the multibillion dollar acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon.
  • Led a joint DOJ/FBI outreach program across industries to raise awareness of national security, cybersecurity, and espionage threats against American companies.
  • Led threat analysis teams to study potential national security challenges posed by various classified cyber threats.
  • Participated as the National Security Division representative to cross-agency governmental crisis groups convened to prevent hacking of ballot boxes in the 2016 election.
  • Led numerous multi-agency governmental investigations, including Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), defense contracting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, market manipulation, and assorted misconduct by C-suite executives.
  • Led numerous public and non-public counterintelligence investigations.
  • Participated in DOJ’s contributions to the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS).

Prior to assuming his role in the NSD, Chris served as senior trial counsel to Loretta Lynch in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). In that position, Chris pioneered the work of the DOJ in cases that combined white collar and cyber issues.

Chris also held various interim and permanent leadership positions as an assistant United States attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of California and the EDNY. As an AUSA, he prosecuted cyber-, fraud, and public corruption matters, among others, winning more than 30 cases jury trials as a first-chair litigator. Subjects of Chris' investigations have also been featured on the true-crime TV show "American Greed."

Chris’s work has been featured or cited in cyber-, economic espionage, and white-collar matters by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, CNN, CNBC, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Chris, who joined DOJ directly after his federal clerkships, has won the Assistant Attorney General Award for Excellence, DOJ Director's Award for superior performance by a litigative team, DOJ National Victim Rights Champion, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF) Prosecutor of the Year, and other domestic and international awards.

Additional Qualifications

  • Cyber Counsel, National Security Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 2016-2018
  • Senior Trial Counsel, held various leadership posts in the Business and Securities Fraud Unit, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, 2013-2018
  • Assistant United States Attorney, held various leadership posts in the Business and Securities Fraud Unit, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, 2008-2013
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office , Southern District of California, 2004-2008
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Denis Hurley, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002-2004
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Harris Hartz, United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit,2001-2002
  • Emory Scholar, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, 2001

Professional & Community Activities

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2014-present
  • Mortgage Fraud Coordinator, Eastern District of New York, 2013-2016
  • Cyber Crime Working Group, Eastern District of New York, 2014-2018
  • New Hampshire Hannah House, 1997-1998
  • Sexual Abuse Peer Advisors Program, Dartmouth College

Professional Recognition

  • Assistant Attorney General Award for Excellence, Department of Justice, 2018
  • National Victim Rights Champion, United States Department of Justice, 2015
  • Award for Meritorious Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2011
  • Award for Meritorious Service, Internal Revenue Service, 2011
  • Award for Meritorious Service, Defense Contracting Investigative Service, 2011
  • Award for Meritorious Service, Defense Contracting Auditing Agency, 2011
  • Special Commendation, Money Laundering Unit, London Metropolitan Police