Christopher T. Grohman

Special Counsel

  • Christopher T. Grohman
  • Phone: +1 312 499 0118
    Fax: +1 312 277 6486

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60603-3433

Christopher T. Grohman practices in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience both conducting and defending fraud investigations, including investigations focusing on Medicare/Medicaid fraud and on violating of anti-money laundering laws. He is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, having conducted multiple trials in federal court and briefed or argued eight cases before the United States Courts of Appeals. In addition, he is a veteran at conducting international investigations for publically and privately held companies. Some of Chris's notable internal investigations include a major investigation at a publically held bank accused of violating various SEC regulations and an investigation, and subsequent defense, of a Chinese company accused of violating the Economic Espionage Act.

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Grohman served for over five years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal criminal cases, including prosecutions involving public corruption, fraud accusations in multimillion-dollar investments, public grants, healthcare, securities and tax, as well as racketeering, terrorism, sex trafficking and exploitation, narcotics and gun trafficking, murder and gang violence.

Mr. Grohman is a 2006 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2003 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and also to the Honorable Algenon Marbley on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. From 2014-2017, Mr. Grohman served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, where he taught legal writing to both law students and Chicago police officers enrolled in a Master’s degree program. He has extensive experience examining the legality of online gaming and is the author of “Reconsidering Regulation: A Historical View of the Legality of Internet Poker and Discussion of the Internet Gambling 'Ban' of 2006,” 1 J. Legal Tech. Risk Mgmt. 34, 2007.

 Mr. Grohman now focuses his practice on anti-money laundering compliance, healthcare compliance, internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense, and online gaming regulations. 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Law
  • Health Law

Representative Matters

  • Healthcare Fraud: Defended podiatrist and related company accused of committing over $70 million in Medicare fraud by creating and implanting a computerized medical records system that automatically qualified all medical treatments for Medicare coverage.
  • Healthcare Fraud: Secured probation for internal medicine physician accused of fraudulently billing Medicare and insurance companies over $3 million by intentionally miscoding her procedures.
  • Bankruptcy Fraud: Represented family accused of avoiding creditors' claims by sending in excess of $600 million overseas prior to filing bankruptcy.
  • Fraud: Represented Bulgarian national charged with orchestrating credit card skimming and money laundering scheme designed to transfer money from United States club-goers to foreign held accounts.
  • Extortion: Represented purported Chicago Outfit member accused of collecting a debt using extortionate means and threats of violence.
  • Civil Litigation: Defended international union in federal civil suit alleging impermissible "secondary boycotting."
  • Civil Litigation: Represented School Superintendent in contract termination proceedings.
  • Civil Litigation: Defended manufacturing corporation on charges of corporate fraud in sale of assets.
  • Ethics: Represented two attorneys, one charged with criminal contempt and other charged facing disbarment from bankruptcy court.


  • Illinois
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006
    - Member, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
    - Intake Director, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
    - Research Assistant, Professor Charles Ogletree
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., summa cum laude, 2003


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2016-present
  • United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois
    - Assistant United States Attorney, 2010-2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    - Law Clerk to the Hon. Ann Claire Williams, 2009-2010
  • Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges LLP
    - Associate, 2007-2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    - Law Clerk to the Hon. Algenon L. Marbley, 2006-2007

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Young Lawyers' Division
    -- Vice-Chair, Criminal Justice Committee
  • Board Member of Harvard Law Society of Illinois
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DePaul University Law School
    - Adjunct Professor of Legal Drafting, 2015-present
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Named an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers, 2019

  • 2014 United States Postal Service Inspector General National Prosecutor of the Year
  • 2013 Chicago Crimestoppers Award

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, "Burke's Own Words Could Come Back to Haunt As Wiretap on Cellphone Lasted at Least 8 Months," Chicago Tribune, January 4, 2019

  • Co-author, "When the U.S. Knocks on Your Door," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 19, 2016
  • Author, "McDonnell Decision and the FCPA," Duane Morris Alert, June 30, 2016
  • Author, "Reconsidering Regulation: A Historical View of the Legality of Internet Poker and Discussion of the Internet Gambling 'Ban' of 2006," 1 J. Legal Tech. Risk Mgmt. 34, 2007

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "The False Claims Act Under the Trump Administration," Illinois Healthcare Association Convention and Expo, Springfield, Illinois, September 11, 2019

  • Speaker, "Responding to Government Investigations in the Long Term Care Space," Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Association, February 28, 2018

  • Speaker, "Responding to Government Investigations,"  Midwest Corporate Counsel Forum, November 30, 2017

  • Moderator, DePaul Law Review Symposium on Fantasy Sports and the Law, Chicago, March 14, 2016