Professional Biography
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Christopher K. Veatch Partner

  • Chicago

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    Chicago

    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL

    +1.312.324.8410

    CVeatch@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

White Collar & Investigations practice partner Christopher K. Veatch is the former Chief of the National Security & Cybercrimes Section with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). His more than 12-year tenure as a federal prosecutor included serving as a Deputy Chief in the National Security and General Crimes Sections, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Case, Complex Fraud, and Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Sections. In addition to his leadership positions, Chris was the office’s Crisis Management Coordinator for many years, and served as one of its Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Coordinators.

Chris has extensive experience investigating and prosecuting complex and sensitive matters, including those involving cybercrime; securities, bank, accounting, healthcare, tax and other fraud; international bribery and money laundering schemes; copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage; export controls and U.S. sanctions programs (including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Arms Export Control Act (AECA), International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), Iranian Transactions Regulations (ITR) and other Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions programs); and, other national security matters.

Chris is a seasoned trial attorney, who has conducted accounting, bank, and securities fraud trials, and has briefed and argued matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also an experienced Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) practitioner.

Chris began his legal career as a staff attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in Chicago, where he developed a strong securities enforcement background by investigating and litigating matters involving violations of the federal securities laws, including those relating to insider trading, market manipulation, and offering and financial fraud.

Chris has been an active speaker on emerging issues regarding cyber and intellectual property risks and threats, data breach response and white collar crime. He has also worked with companies and law firms on cyber and intellectual property issues, including best practices for working with law enforcement before and after a breach. Chris has also provided training to hundreds of federal prosecutors and agents from across the country on topics relating to, among others, complex issues in national security and export control cases, legal and ethical issues in national security cases, critical incident management, preparation and response, and online investigations and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Professional Recognition

  • Certificate of Recognition - Christopher A. Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • Certificate of Recognition - James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Certificate of Recognition - Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Chairman’s Award for Excellence - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Related Employment

Government Service

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL
    • Section Chief, National Security & Cybercrimes Section, 2014 - 2018
    • Section Chief, National Security Section, 2012 - 2014
    • Deputy Chief, National Security Section, 2011 - 2012
    • Deputy Chief, General Crimes Section, 2010 - 2011
    • Assistant U.S. Attorney, General Crimes, Major Case, Complex Fraud, and Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Sections, 2005 - 2010
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Chicago, IL
    • Staff Attorney, Division of Enforcement, 2001 - 2005
  • Bloomington Police Department, Bloomington, IN
    • Police Officer, 1995 - 1998
  • Indiana University Police Department, Bloomington, IN
    • Police Officer, 1994, 2000 - 2001

Teaching Appointments

  • Loyola University Chicago, Department of Political Science, The Judicial Process, 2009, 2010
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Legal Writing, 2002 - 2004

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PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

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Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D.,
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    , 2001,
    Notes Editor, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
  • Indiana University, M.A., Criminal Justice, 2000
  • Indiana University, B.A., Criminal Justice & East Asian Studies, 1995