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Christopher K. Pelham
Black Allied Law Students Association)
Moot Court Law Board
New York University (J.D. 2005
University of California, Berkeley (B.A. in Rhetoric & Political Economy of Industrial Societies with honors 2002)
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Chris Pelham focuses on all aspects of complex commercial and criminal litigation, corporate investigations, and trial advocacy. He is a former federal criminal prosecutor who has won major victories in fraud and RICO cases. He has investigated and litigated cases involving racketeering, securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and public corruption.Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Chris served eight years with the U.S. Department of Justice. During this time he worked in both the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Major Frauds Sections. Chris has tried 10 felony cases before federal juries against more than a dozen defendants, submitted at least 10 different appellee briefs, and orally argued before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on four cases. While an AUSA, Chris's significant cases included four complex racketeering indictments, four lengthy multidefendant trials involving organized crime allegations, two appeals resulting in published Ninth Circuit opinions, and two office nominations for the Attorney General's Award. He also served as a chairperson on the U.S. Attorney's Office's Diversity Committee.