Overview

Christopher A. Myers is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. He is chair of Holland & Knight's Compliance Services Team and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense Team. Mr. Myers is a former federal prosecutor and represents clients in a broad range of complex matters affecting heavily-regulated industries, including healthcare and life sciences, government contracts, financial institutions, educational institutions, and publicly-traded and privately held companies doing business both domestically and internationally. He defends and protects organizations in both internal and external civil and criminal fraud investigations; design, implementation and assessments of compliance and ethics programs; and voluntary disclosures and corporate governance matters. For 30 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 includes the 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 1979-1984, 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.

Experience

  • Investigation: representing a medical device company in defending a federal civil False Claims Act and parallel criminal Anti-Kickback Statute and related fraud investigation into sales and marketing activities and relationships with physicians and medical facilities; the case has been made more complicated by media attention caused by disclosures to a reporter by the qui tam relator; as a result, we have also advised the company on the public relations aspects of the investigations and the behavior of the relator; we are also defending the company in a related state attorney general investigation under a state consumer protection statute 

Credentials

Education
  • The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D.
  • Kenyon College, B.A., Political Science, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • All State Courts in Virginia
  • All State Courts in Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Memberships
  • Ethics & Compliance Officer Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association
  • Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013-2019
  • Top Rated Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, 2015 
  • Top Rated Lawyer, White Collar Criminal Defense Law, The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2011
  • Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2010
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, November 2009
  • ACAMS Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional
  • Special Achievement Award for Work as a Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Publications

Speaking Engagements

News