Christopher C. Chiou is a litigator with experience in significant commercial disputes, corporate compliance, and criminal and regulatory matters. In his civil practice, Mr. Chiou specializes in complex commercial cases in federal courts, California state courts, and arbitration, focusing on breach of contract, fraud, and employment issues. He has also represented clients in white collar criminal defense matters regarding alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, insider trading, and environmental crimes.
Mr. Chiou has represented companies in business disputes in a wide variety of industries, ranging from transportation to defense. For example, he served as trial counsel for an air freight company in a jury trial in federal court, in which it successfully defended against the plaintiff’s claims for $195 million. Mr. Chiou has also achieved early dismissals of claims and obtained preliminary injunctions / restraining orders that led to successful early resolutions for his clients.
In addition, Mr. Chiou counsels companies and executives in white collar criminal defense matters. He has conducted internal investigations for private and publicly-held corporate clients, including defense contractors and pharmaceutical companies, as well as provided FCPA training to executives. Recently, Mr. Chiou helped monitor Credit Suisse AG, following the bank’s settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services (part of a broader settlement that involved the U.S. Department of Justice and federal regulators).
In 2010 and 2012-2018, Southern California Super Lawyers recognized Mr. Chiou as a “Rising Star” in business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has written numerous articles covering an array of legal areas, such as social media evidence and online tort liability, for legal publications including the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Law360.
Mr. Chiou maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing individual criminal defendants in California state court and plaintiffs in Section 1983 cases. In 2015, he received an award from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California “in grateful appreciation of pro bono services rendered” in the Central District.