Washington, D.C. Phone Number: +1 202 776 5255
Christopher H. Casey is a first-chair trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar defense and criminal and civil antitrust litigation, and has particular experience with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial services and food industries. Mr. Casey previously worked in the Associate Attorney General's Office of the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and as an Assistant United States Attorney. Relying on his government experience, he regularly conducts internal investigations for his clients.
As a Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2014 to 2016, Mr. Casey advised top officials in the DOJ on the formulation and execution of policy in the areas of financial fraud, antitrust, tax and bankruptcy. Mr. Casey’s oversight responsibilities included the Antitrust Division, the Tax Division, and the United States Trustee Program.
He was one of two deputies to the Associate Attorney General—the Department’s third-highest ranking official—who supervised the Department’s cases against the world’s largest financial institutions for the fraudulent packaging and sale of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS). In this role, he worked with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and RMBS Working Group, as well as lawyers in the Department’s Civil Division and in U.S. Attorney's Offices throughout the country. Those cases produced multibillion-dollar settlements with some of the world's largest financial institutions. He also worked with the leadership of the United States Trustee Program, the watchdog of the U.S. bankruptcy system, on investigations of mortgage-loan servicing violations by major financial institutions.
While at the DOJ, Mr. Casey led the Department';s development of a first-ever policy for selection of compliance monitors in civil corporate settlements. Working with the Antitrust Division, he led the Department's response to the White House Executive Order on Competition in 2016. Mr. Casey was also part of the working group that developed the Department's September 2015 policy statement on "Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing" (the "Yates Memorandum").
In addition to the DOJ, Mr. Casey spent nearly six years litigating antitrust merger challenges at the FTC in Washington, primarily in the healthcare, telecommunications, energy, chemical and food industries.
As Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2006, Mr. Casey prosecuted felony white-collar, narcotics, firearms and immigration crimes.
Mr. Casey earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.A. in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Areas of Practice
White-Collar Criminal Defense
Antitrust and Competition
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1987
- College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1983
Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2018-present
Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Partner, 2016-2018
United States Department of Justice
- Deputy Associate Attorney General, 2014-2016
Dilworth Paxson LLP
- Partner, 2006-2014
-Chair, Corporate Investigations and White Collar Group, 2013-14
United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Assistant United States Attorney, 1999-2006
Sole Practitioner/Assistant Public Defender, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1995-1999
Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition
- Antitrust Litigator, 1990-1995
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk, 1988-1990
- Associate, 1987-1988
Kimmel Cancer Center, 2013-14
Honors and Awards
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2021 and 2022
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense: White Collar category, by Philadelphia Magazine, 2013, 2014
Federal Trade Commission, Award for Meritorious Service, 1994, 1995
Member, Federal Criminal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
American Bar Association
- Criminal Justice Section
- White Collar Crime Committee
- Antitrust Law Section
- Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee
- Pricing Conduct Committee
- Trial Practice Committee
- Litigation Section
- Business Torts and Unfair Competition Litigation Committee
- Criminal Justice Section
- Federal Trade Commission, et al. v. Vyera Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al: Lead attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli defending allegations of monopoly maintenance and anticompetitive conduct under the Sherman Act (S.D.N.Y.).
- United States v. CVS Health Corp, et al.: Lead attorney for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, amicus curiae participant in Tunney Act challenge to CVS Health/Aetna merger (D.D.C.); case involved first-ever Tunney Act evidentiary hearing with live witnesses.
- Represent Pennsylvania internet retailer defending investigation by Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General for price-gouging arising from COVID-19 pandemic.
- Represent national manufacturing company in bid-rigging investigation by DOJ Antitrust Division.
- Conducted analysis of antitrust risk of proposed merger of large Pennsylvania-based healthcare delivery systems.
- Represented packaged seafood company against allegations of price-fixing.
- Successfully defended aviation fuel refiner against refusal to deal claims by retailer in Hawaii state court.
- Represented airline in dispute with competitor raising potential antitrust issues.
- Obtained business review letter from DOJ Antitrust Division approving merger creating largest physician network in northeastern Pennsylvania.
- In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation - Successfully represented executive in price-fixing class action litigation (N.D. Ohio).
- In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation - Liaison counsel for indirect purchaser class in nationwide price fixing class action (M.D. Pa.).
- In re Mushroom Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation - Represented mushroom grower defending price-fixing class action in federal court (E.D. Pa.).
- Successfully defended manufacturer of wastewater treatment systems against subpoena by Antitrust Section of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in bid-rigging investigation.
- United States v. Kauffman - Represented defendant charged by U.S. Attorney’s Office with filing false tax returns; after defendant pled guilty, sentencing guidelines called for range of 10 to 16 months imprisonment, but the court granted motion for downward variance and sentenced defendant to probation. (E.D.Pa.).
- Conducted internal investigation of allegations of commercial bribery for national food service company.
- Conducted internal investigation of possible violations of wiretapping laws for national health care company.
- Lead counsel for Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus defending investigation by Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General of alleged illegal use of government resources, known as “Bonusgate”.
- Lead counsel defending investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office (E.D. Pa.) of sitting member of Congress.
- Lead counsel for Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus defending document subpoenas in corruption investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office (M.D. Pa.).
- Achieved declination of prosecution from U.S. Attorney’s Office (M. D. Pa.) for prominent attorney in investigation involving alleged theft of estate funds.
- Achieved declination of prosecution from U.S. Attorney’s Office (W. D. Pa.) for alleged promoter of fraudulent investment scheme.
Secured summary judgment, affirmed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, for Acme Markets Inc., directing $4.15 million in lottery ticket winnings to ACME in a conversion suit concerning an employee who had taken a Pennsylvania Lottery “Match 6 Lotto” ticket after determining it was a winner.
- Successfully defended executive against breach of fiduciary duty claims; plaintiff had sued for $5.3 million, court awarded approximately $22,000 after trial (Delaware Court of Chancery).
- Represented Chicago real estate firm defending request for disclosure of proprietary information under Pennsylvania Right To Know Law.
- Represented Turkish chemical company defending trade secret litigation in Delaware Court of Chancery and Pennsylvania state court.
- Successfully defended real estate developer from suit by neighboring landowner seeking specific performance of right of first refusal to 75-acre property; obtained denial of specific performance after trial in Pennsylvania state court, allowing developer to keep land (Lebanon County C.P.).
- Successfully defended roofing company in contractual dispute with supplier; obtained $2 million judgment after federal court trial (E.D.Pa.).
- Successfully defended cable television distribution company against claim of tortious interference with contract; obtained favorable verdict after trial in Pennsylvania state court (Luzerne County C.P.).
- Successfully defended three health insurers against requests for disclosure of proprietary rate information under Pennsylvania Right To Know Law; obtained reversal in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court of adverse trial court ruling.
- Successfully represented bank in foreclosure action in Pennsylvania state court, obtaining $1 million equitable lien (Bucks County C.P.).
- Successfully represented The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News, and several of their reporters, in defamation suits, access litigation under Pennsylvania Right To Know Law, and subpoena defense.
- Harmelin v. Man Financial Inc. - Member of litigation team that successfully represented receiver in hedge fund fraud case, resulting in recovery of $96 million for investors (E.D.Pa.).
- Co-author, "Nomination of DOJ Antitrust Head Signals New Era in Antitrust Enforcement," Westlaw Today, August 17, 2021
- Quoted in, "FTC Asks Second Circuit to Revisit 1-800 Contacts Ruling," Global Competition Review, August 10, 2021
- Co-author, "1-800 Contacts Ruling Illustrates IP Hurdle For Antitrust Cases," Law360, July 8, 2021
- Co-author, "Expect Increasing Scrutiny of Wage-Fixing, No-Poach Deals," Law360, May 5, 2021
- Co-author, "Fourth Circuit Upholds First-Ever Antitrust Relief in Private Challenge to Consummated Merger," Duane Morris Alert, March 3, 2021
- Quoted in, "Sen. Klobuchar Proposes Sweeping Change in Antitrust Law," Marketplace, February 4, 2021
- Featured in "Employee Who Bought Discarded $4.15M Winning Lotto Ticket Has No Claim to It, Pa. Appeals Panel Rules," The Legal Intelligencer, December 21, 2020
- Co-author, "Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans Agree to Structural Changes and Payment of $2.67 Billion in "Historic" Antitrust Settlement," Duane Morris Alert, December 17, 2020
- Co-author, "U.S. Department of Justice Updates Merger Remedies Manual," Duane Morris Alert, September 21, 2020
- Co-author, "Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Issue Vertical Merger Guidelines," Duane Morris Alert, July 8, 2020
- Co-author, "DOJ Updates Guidance on Corporate Compliance with Focus on Data Analysis and Continuous Monitoring for Effectiveness," Duane Morris Alert, June 22, 2020
- Co-author, "Third Circuit Reaffirms 'Rigorous Analysis' Requirement for Class Certification," Duane Morris Alert, April 27, 2020
- Co-author, "FTC and DOJ Warn Against Anticompetitive Conduct That Harms Workers During COVID-19 Crisis," Duane Morris Alert, April 16, 2020
- Co-author, "Federal and State Enforcers Will Scrutinize Pricing Behavior During COVID-19 Pandemic," Duane Morris Alert, April 7, 2020
- Author, "Over Three Years After Policy Shift, Still No Wage-Fixing or No-Poach Prosecutions from DOJ," Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2020
- Co-author, "Expect Delays in Merger Reviews by FTC and DOJ During COVID-19 Restrictions," Duane Morris Alert, March 26, 2020
- Co-author, "DOJ Makes Clarifying Changes to FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy," Duane Morris Alert, December 2, 2019
- Co-author, "DOJ Criminal Division Issues Comprehensive Guidance on Evaluating Claims of Inability to Pay Criminal Fines or Penalties," Duane Morris Alert, October 14, 2019
- Author, "Three Years After Policy Shift, Still No Wage-Fixing or No-Poach Prosecutions from DOJ," Duane Morris Alerts, October 10, 2019
Co-author, "In Major Shift, DOJ Antitrust Division Now Credits Compliance Programs at the Charging Stage," Duane Morris Alert, July 31, 2019
Co-author, "FTC Issues Report on Its Authority Under Section 5 of the FTC ACT to Challenge Pharmaceutical Drug Price Increases," Duane Morris Alert, July 16, 2019
Co-author, "DOJ Criminal Division Issues Comprehensive Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs," Duane Morris Alert, May 17, 2019
Quoted, "Working With the Feds, Nike’s Avenatti Case Highlights Cooperation," WWD, April 11, 2019
Author, "DOJ Fraud Section Suffers Rare Rule 29 Acquittal in Forex Options Case," Duane Morris Alert, March 22, 2019
Co-author, "Third Circuit Curtails FTC's Authority to Seek Injunctions and Restitution in Federal Court," Duane Morris Alert, March 1, 2019
Co-author, "U.S. District Court Further Reinforces Use of Per Se Standard in Criminal Antitrust Cases," Duane Morris Alert, February 26, 2019
Co-Author, "Ninth Circuit Reinforces Applicability of Per Se Standard in Criminal Antitrust Cases," Duane Morris Alert, February 4, 2019
Quoted in, "Tweaks to Yates Memo Will Make Investigations More Efficient, Lawyers Say," Global Investigations Review, January 8, 2019
Co-author, "DOJ Eases Yates Memo’s “All or Nothing” Approach to Corporate Cooperation Credit," Duane Morris Alert, December 10, 2018
Author, "App Buyers’ Claim of Apple Monopolization Has Supreme Court Questioning Longstanding Antitrust Doctrine," Duane Morris Alert, December 4, 2018
Author, "DOJ Antitrust Division Suffers Another Trial Setback in Forex-Rigging Case," Duane Morris Alert, November 7, 2018
Author, "DOJ Criminal Division Issues New Guidance on Corporate Compliance Monitors," Duane Morris Alert, October 23, 2018
Author, "FIRREA: A Powerful Tool for the Government," The Banking Law Journal, November/December 2018
Author, "Enforcement Against "No-Poach" Agreements on the Rise," Duane Morris Alert, July 23, 2018
Quoted in, "HSBC Is In Talks With U.S. to End Crisis-Era Mortgage Probe," Bloomberg, July 5, 2017
Quoted in, “FTC Highlights Record-Breaking Actions in 2016,” Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine, May 31, 2017
Quoted in, "Competition Cases to Watch In 2017," Law360, January 2, 2017
Co-author, "Don't Shoot the Plaintiff: The New Regime in Federal Pleading," The Legal Intelligencer, June 30, 2010
Co-author, "Dual Enforcement of Antitrust Laws Keeps Businesses in Line," The Legal Intelligencer, September 24, 2008
Co-author, "Recent High Court Decisions May Help or Hurt Antitrust Defendants," The Legal Intelligencer, April 29, 2008
Co-author, "U.S. High Court Poised to Clarify Its Holding in Booker Case," The Legal Intelligencer, April 17, 2007
Co-author, "The Booker Revolution in Federal Sentencing Has Not Materialized," The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2006
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Moderator, "Antitrust and Politics: Are We Entering a New Era?" Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual White Collar Practice Conference, November 11, 2021
- Presenter, "Mitigating Civil and Criminal Antitrust Risks During a Pandemic and the 'New Normal,'" Duane Morris COVID-19: Navigating Forward Webinar Series, February 25, 2021
"White Collar Practice," Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, November 21, 2019
"Dealing with Corporate Crisis," The Directors Roundtable, New York, June 28, 2018
Presenter, "Antitrust Enforcement Action Update," Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine's Spring Competition Litigation Symposium, London, February 23, 2017