Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Davies focuses his practice on the representation of defendants in complex civil, administrative and criminal investigations and litigation, with emphasis on allegations of financial improprieties. He has particular expertise in representation of clients in parallel proceedings, particularly across multiple jurisdictions.
Mr. Davies has represented corporations, financial institutions, accounting firms, Boards of Directors and individual clients in federal, state, PCAOB and SRO civil enforcement proceedings, criminal and civil investigations, and trial and appellate litigation involving allegations of securities, tax and other frauds, pretexting, insider trading, FCPA violations, financial reporting and disclosure improprieties, business torts, breaches of contract, anti-money laundering violations and noncompliance with audit and regulatory standards. He also has represented a global oil and gas company in connection with a Department of Justice criminal investigation and other executive branch inquiries arising from an accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Davies has participated in numerous internal investigations concerning allegations of, among other things, improper document destruction, noncompliance with securities laws, insider trading, obstruction of government inquiries, financial and tax fraud and other misconduct. Mr. Davies also regularly counsels clients on matters such as attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, compliance and other risk management policies, document retention protocols and practices and auditor independence matters.
Mr. Davies has extensive international experience and has represented non-US-based entities (from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia) in both US and non-US proceedings.
Mr. Davies acts as counsel to a DC area private school. His other recent pro bono representation has included representing a DC-based non-profit mental healthcare provider in litigation to recover millions of dollars stolen by an investment adviser; appellate representation of indigent criminal defendants in Maryland; representing another non-profit mental healthcare organization in both private litigation and a suit against the DC government; filing suit on behalf of various Richmond residents and their children against the City of Richmond and the Richmond School Board for the Richmond schools' pervasive noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; providing legal and policy advice, as well as amicus brief-writing, to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; advising a West Virginia theater festival; and acting as a complaint examiner for DC's Police Complaints Board.
Mr. Davies is a co-chair of the DC office’s hiring committee.