Professional Biography

Caryn L. Trombino Partner

  • Chicago

    D +1.312.324.8420

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    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL 60603-5559




White collar defense and investigations attorney Caryn Trombino represents corporate clients and executives facing a range of civil and criminal government enforcement actions brought by agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and various Offices of Inspector General. Additionally, Caryn handles investigations brought by the U.S. Congress, state attorneys general and self-regulatory organizations (SROs) such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group). Caryn also regularly conducts confidential internal investigations in anticipation of potential government scrutiny or other legal exposure, and frequently counsels clients in connection with whistleblower allegations, transactional due diligence and legal/compliance risk assessments.

Caryn’s recent representative matters include:

  • Securing DOJ declination for a former investment bank vice president in a criminal investigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and subprime loans that resulted in the bank’s multibillion-dollar settlement with DOJ.
  • Obtaining DOJ declination on behalf of a former board and audit committee member of a medical device company facing allegations relating to false claims act/physician kickback allegations. DOJ closed investigation without further action and declined to intervene in related qui tam action.
  • Achieving a significantly below-Guidelines sentence for a hotel developer who pled guilty to federal wire fraud charges in connection with the U.S. “EB-5” visa program, after raising approximately $160 million in capital from foreign investors.
  • Counseling a multinational consumer food manufacturer following a Listeria contamination that prompted a nationwide product recall.
  • Negotiating a no admit/no deny settlement on behalf of an electronic trading firm and two traders in a “spoofing”-related investigation conducted by the self-regulatory arm of the CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

Additionally, Caryn has over a decade of experience representing, counseling and training corporate clients on global anti-corruption and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), particularly in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceutical, medical device, military/defense and extractive services. She has handled international matters spanning five continents, including in: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Botswana, Zambia and Lesotho.

Caryn serves as a founding leader of the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, and serves as an editor of the White Collar Briefly blog, where she helps shape practical insights on an evolving regulatory environment. Caryn previously served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 2020

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers USA as a "Leading Lawyer in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations," 2020
  • Listed in the Future Leaders - Partners section of WWL: Investigations 2019 and WWL: Investigations 2020
  • Listed in Crain’s, “Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers,” 2018   

  • Listed as an "Illinois Rising Star", White Collar Criminal Defense, as published by Law & Politics, 2012 - 2020
  • Listed as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense Law:  White Collar by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers.

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Chicago Chapter, Founding Leader, 2017
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Member

Related Employment

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2006 - 2010
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C., Attorney Advisor, Ethics Division, 2004 - 2006
  • Office of the Appellate Defender, New York, NY, Law Clerk (Clinic), 2004
  • Reed Smith, LLP, Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 2003
  • New York University School of Law, New York, NY, Research Assistant, 2002 - 2003



Publications, Presentations & Blogs


Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004, NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, Senior Editor for Student Written Work
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Humanities, summa cum laude