White Collar Criminal Defense

We know federal criminal litigation from both the prosecution and defense side.

We are a premier federal criminal defense firm. Firm founder Chris Gair was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago for seven years and brings a deep understanding of the grand jury process and trials.

Our goal is always to try and avoid the client being charged. If charges are brought, we defend our clients aggressively and bring decades of experience on both the prosecution and defense side to the fight.

We have handled a wide variety of federal criminal cases including alleged bribery and extortion, tax evasion, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, securities and commodities fraud, and insider trading. Clients include elected officials, cities and villages, bankers, lawyers, business people, accountants and Fortune 500 companies. We have a deep understanding of how to represent officers, executives, and directors of corporations.

Recent matters include:

  • Defending the owner of a Wrigley Field rooftop in a jury trial on charges that he defrauded the Chicago Cubs of hundreds of thousands of dollars under a royalty contract

  • Defending the accused in a case alleging two distinct bank fraud schemes and a false financial statement. The defendant was acquitted after trial on both schemes and received a sentence of 90 days house arrest on the remaining false statement charge

  • Defending trader in grand jury investigation relating to spoofing

  • Defending a Chicago attorney on federal charges arising out of a failed tax shelter

  • Defending the former owner of a bank in case charging financial institution fraud

  • Defending real-estate developer in mortgage fraud case

  • Defending investment advisor in fraud prosecution

  • Defending officer and board member of Japanese company in price-fixing investigation

  • Defending a Chicago law firm and its partners in connection with federal grand jury investigation of fraud in the Southern District of New York

  • Defending a physician on charges of Medicare fraud in relation to home health care services

  • Obtaining a declination of prosecution against a trader for allegedly engaging in market manipulation and “spoofing”

  • Obtaining a declination of prosecution against an insurance broker for allegedly creating a multi-million fraud scheme against insurers and bankers

  • Obtaining a declination from the IRS in an alleged international tax fraud scheme by an Algerian national

  • Defending target of a federal bankruptcy fraud investigation

  • Defending an accountant under investigation for tax fraud

  • Defending the CEO of a South American corporation under investigation for money laundering

  • Defending a consultant in a grand jury investigation involving allegations of bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  • Advising witnesses in grand jury investigations relating to allegations of fraud in the scrap metal business and violations of minority/women-owned business rules in connection with public construction contracts

Other significant criminal defense cases:

  • The defense of the lead defendant in the largest tax fraud case in U.S. history, United States v. Daugerdas (S.D.N.Y.), winning a new trial based on juror misconduct;

  • Winning a reversal of the conviction of Chicago’s City Treasurer in United States v. Miriam Santos (N.D. Ill.); and

  • Defeating an attempt by the Justice Department to extradite a businessman to Poland for supposed complicity in the murder of the head of the national police force, Matter of Edward Mazur (N.D. Ill.).