Christopher A. Myers is chair of Holland & Knight's Compliance Services Team and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense Team. He is a former federal prosecutor and has represented clients in a broad range of complex matters affecting heavily-regulated industries, including healthcare & life sciences, government contracts, financial institutions, educational institutions, publicly-traded and privately held companies doing business both domestically and internationally. He has defended and protected organizations in both internal and external civil and criminal fraud investigations, design, implementation and assessments of compliance and ethics programs; voluntary disclosures, and corporate governance matters. For thirty years, he has helped clients respond to issues involving all of the major enforcement statutes, including the False Claims Act, bribery and anti-kickback acts, the Bank Secrecy Act and Money Laundering Control Act, procurement fraud statutes and many others. He is a member of the firm's Financial Recovery Team and helps to protect clients against compliance and enforcement issues surrounding the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and the economic stimulus programs. Mr. Myers is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. He is the editor of the Corporate Compliance Answer Book, published every year since 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute.
Mr. Myers' experience has included representation of companies and individuals in responding to civil and criminal investigations conducted by state and federal enforcement authorities; working with clients to identify areas of risk and designing and implementing compliance programs to protect against those risks. He has also developed materials and conducted employee and management training on compliance issues. Mr. Myers has conducted internal investigations to determine potential exposure of clients to enforcement actions and made recommendations on how to respond to a variety of compliance and enforcement issues, including participation in the government's voluntary disclosure programs. Mr. Myers has also defended clients against civil and criminal enforcement actions and claims involving both state and federal authorities. Other matters with which Mr. Myers has experience include advice regarding duties and responsibilities of senior officers and boards of directors. He writes frequently on enforcement and compliance issues and conducts seminars for clients and other organizations on these issues.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Myers has been a faculty member at a wide variety of continuing legal education and law school programs relating to enforcement and compliance issues, trial and deposition practice and the use of expert witnesses.
From 1979-84, Mr. Myers served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Myers has been in private practice handling both civil and criminal litigation since 1984.