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Christopher D. Man


Christopher D. Man

Washington, DC

T:+1 202 974 5608

Christopher Man's practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal litigation, appeals, internal investigations, and investigations conducted by Congress and the Executive Branch. He has significant experience defending clients accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering laws, trade sanctions, securities laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and federal election laws. Mr. Man also advises companies on compliance with anti-bribery laws and trade sanctions.

A frequent author, Mr. Man has written numerous articles for legal publications, including The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Legal Times,, Business Crimes Bulletin and several prominent law reviews.

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  • Education

    1997 - LL.M., George Washington University Law School
    1995 - J.D., Order of the Coif, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    1992 - B.A., University of Kansas

    While in law school, Christopher was the articles editor for The Washington University Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law

  • Representative experience
    • Brought a precedent setting case against the US military pro bono on behalf of current and former members of the military and their same-sex spouses to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and similar restrictions in the military titles of the US Code that unconstitutionally prevented the military from paying spousal benefits to legally married spouses of the same-sex. The President, Attorney General and military advised the Court they agreed these laws were unconstitutional, and a judgment declaring those laws unconstitutional was entered.
    • Served as alternating first chair at trial in the successful defense of former New York Governor George Pataki in defense of claims that he violated the civil rights of plaintiffs who were hospitalized under the Sexually Violent Predators Initiative. The jury found Governor Pataki not liable.
    • Represented former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards at trial for violating the federal election laws. The jury acquitted Senator Edwards on all charges.
    • Represented several Iranian expatriates in an investigation by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) into allegations they had funded a foreign terrorist organization, which ended in no action being taken by OFAC beyond issuing a cautionary letter to the clients.
    • Represented a Puerto Rican Senator Hector Martinez at a criminal trial that ended in a conviction of only one of the four charges, and he successfully overturned the remaining count of conviction on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
    • Represented a transgender inmate pro bono on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that established an important precedent requiring prisons to respect the medical needs of transgender inmates.
    • Represented Paul Minor on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit in a case that overturned his conviction for federal programs bribery (Section 666) and that set an important precedent limiting the reach of the statute.
    • Represented Ousama Naaman, a Lebanese-Canadian citizen under investigation by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, and the UK's Serious Fraud Office, on allegations he violated the United Nation's Oil-for-Food Program and the FCPA by paying bribes to the Iraqi government and its officials. A favorable plea agreement was negotiated in exchange for his cooperation, and Mr. Naaman was transferred to Canada to serve his sentence in record time where he was quickly paroled.
    • Represented Wal-Mart in civil and criminal proceedings concerning allegations it used contractors who employed undocumented workers as floor cleaners in 22 states.
    • Represented ConocoPhillips in civil and criminal proceedings concerning allegations of a conspiracy between corporate officers and Australian government officials to bribe East Timorese government officials in exchange for rights to develop US$50 billion worth of oil and gas in the Timor Sea.
    • Represented Scott Sullivan, former Chief Financial Officer of WorldCom, in criminal proceedings.
    • Assisted in preparing successful presidential pardon applications for Marc Rich and Pincus Green.
    • Represented a major tobacco company in litigation brought by the European Community and various European and Latin American governments seeking billions of dollars in damages for alleged RICO violations concerning smuggling and money laundering on behalf of Colombian drug lords.
  • Admissions
    • District of Columbia State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Second place, National Environmental Moot Court, 1995
    • First place and high oralist, Washington University Environmental Moot Court, 1994
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Federalizing Corporate Internal Investigations And The Erosion Of Employees' Fifth Amendment Rights," Georgetown Law Journal – 40 Geo. L.J. Ann. Rev. Crim. Proc., June 2011
    • "'Not Every Wrong is a Crime': The Legal and Practical Problems with the Federal 'Honest-Services' Statute," 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 11, 2010
    • "US Trade Sanctions Are a Trap for the Unwary," Project Finance NewsWire, April 2007
    • "Is the DOJ's New Policy of Prosecuting Corporations Real Reform or Business as Usual?,", January 31, 2007
    • "The Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Booker Opens the Door to Fairer Sentences in White Collar Cases," Securities Litigation and Enforcement NewsWire, April 2005
    • "Revenue Rule to Get Spotlight," National Law Journal, July 19, 2004
    • "High Court is Set to Consider 'Revenue Rule' in Criminal Context," New York Law Journal, July 19, 2004
    • "The USA Patriot Act of 2001 Poses a New Threat to Grand Jury Secrecy," 9 Business Crimes Bulletin 1, February 2002
    • "Coordinated Criminal Investigations Between the United States and Foreign Governments and Their Implications for Constitutional Rights," 42 Virginia Journal of International Law 821, 2002
    • "Extradition and Article III: A Historical Examination of the Judicial Power of the United States," 10 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2002
    • "Preventing Disclosure of Grand Jury Materials to Foreign Governments Pursuant to MLATs," 8 Business Crimes Bulletin 1, June 2001
    • "Restoring Effective Judicial Review of Environmental Regulations in Civil and Criminal Enforcement Proceedings," 5 Environmental Lawyer 665, 1999
    • "The Constitutional Rights of Non-Settling Potentially Responsible Parties in the Allocation of CERCLA Liability," 27 Environmental Law 375, 1997
    • "The Scope of Intellectual Property’s Protection of Stylistic Rights," 47 Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law 250, 1995
    • "Forecasting Sexual Abuse in Prison: The Prison Subculture of Masculinity as a Backdrop for Deliberate Indifference," 92 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1, 1992