Areas of Practice
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University - New Delhi, India, International Studies, 1994
  • Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1992
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Milton I. Shadur, Senior Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1997-1998
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Chris Niewoehner

115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1240
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Chris Niewoehner is an esteemed trial lawyer who defends prominent individuals and corporations in all phases of government investigations and prosecutions, and handles matters related to complex civil litigation. Mr. Niewoehner brings to the table 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor, during which time he handled some of the most notorious political corruption investigations ever brought in the Northern District of Illinois – most notably, the conviction of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Mr. Niewoehner plays a leading role in managing worldwide issues involving one of the largest Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal settlements of all time (see United States v. Volkswagen).

Mr. Niewoehner also conducts government investigations involving healthcare, securities, antitrust, financial institutions, pension systems, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In civil litigation, he focuses his practice on commercial matters. In addition to his trial work, Chris has argued many appeals in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. Niewoehner is co-chair of Steptoe’s White-Collar Criminal Defense Group, which was named a Law360 White-Collar "Group of the Year" in 2016, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) – a distinction reserved for one percent of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada.

Representative Matters

  • Representing COO in joint criminal and civil investigations involving allegations of manufacturing fraud.
  • Representing CEO in criminal healthcare investigation.
  • Representing Fortune 50 senior executives in criminal investigation involving alleged misrepresentations to the government.
  • Advising Fortune 200 company on strategies to investigate and use plaintiff’s fraud against company to resolve numerous international law suits worth hundreds of millions.
  • Representing dietary supplement company indicted for violations of fraud and FDA statutes.
  • Representing board members and executives in investigations and criminal proceedings involving the SEC, IRS, Department of Labor, and state attorney generals.
  • Led defense team in six-week trial of former US Congressman Rick Renzi on public corruption, racketeering and fraud charges, and obtained acquittal or dismissal of 32 counts against Mr. Renzi.
  • Led internal investigation at financial institution in response to government investigation of mortgage origination practices.


  • Received the Director’s Annual Award for Excellence, the FBI’s highest award for criminal investigations
  • Received the US Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2013, 2016-2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2015-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2016-2018

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers