Christopher Berg’s practice focuses on criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. He has represented multinational companies, senior executives, and other entities in class actions, investigations, and prosecutions in state and federal court.
Chris maintains an international practice, with matters involving alleged conduct in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. These representations have involved a wide range of substantive areas of law, including securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, commercial bribery, antitrust violations, bank fraud, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act sanctions, and a variety of fraud and unfair competition charges under state law. Chris has experience working in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, professional services, telecommunications, mining, sports, and energy.
Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has successfully represented indigent criminal defendants in felony-level cases in Superior Court for the District of Columbia and in Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland in matters involving alleged conduct ranging from armed robbery to conspiracy to riot. He also represents clients applying for asylum before the U.S. Immigration court. Chris volunteers at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center in D.C. Superior Court to provide free legal information to unrepresented landlords and tenants who have residential housing disputes in the District of Columbia. Chris also has represented arts and culture-focused charitable organizations to apply for 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service, the State of New York, and the District of Columbia. He is a member of D.C.’s Capital pro bono “High Honor Roll.”
Chris has represented clients in trial and before an array of government authorities, including:
- United States Attorneys’ offices across the country
- Department of Justice divisions and branches, including Antitrust, Criminal Fraud, and Civil Fraud
- Office of Foreign Asset Control
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Internal Revenue Service
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
A native of El Paso, Texas, Chris graduated with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Duke University School of Law. Chris joined Williams & Connolly in 2014 after clerkships with the Honorable Judge Michael Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Chris’s experience includes:
- Represent international sports broadcasting company in civil RICO action arising out of the FIFA investigation
- Represent individuals in FCPA and money laundering investigation relating to alleged conduct in Africa
- Represent individual in criminal antitrust investigation relating to alleged conduct in South Korea
- Represent former CEO in securities fraud dispute
- Defended telecommunications executive against wire fraud and money laundering charges; prosecution dismissed all charges at trial
- Represented financial institution in securities and bank fraud prosecution; prosecution dismissed all charges at trial and entered into civil resolution
- Represented individual charged with rioting and conspiracy to riot for marching in a protest on Inauguration Day; prosecution dismissed charges before trial
- Represented individual charged with armed robbery; prosecution dismissed charges before trial
- Represented former bank CEO charged with negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against the FDIC
Other Government Service
- Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, July 2011 - August 2011
- Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, Narcotics Section, June 2010 - August 2010