Christian Everdell is a member of Cohen & Gresser’s White Collar Defense group and represents companies and individuals in regulatory and internal investigations and criminal prosecutions. Chris’s practice also focuses on digital currency and blockchain technology, as well as privacy and cybersecurity. He has extensive experience in matters involving securities and commodities fraud, international money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, cybercrime and digital currencies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations, consumer fraud, trade secrets theft, and economic espionage. Chris has tried a number of federal criminal trials, and he has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris served for nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Previously, Chris was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where his practice focused on FCPA matters and internal investigations, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. Chris also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Chris and his colleagues in the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit were awarded the 2016 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Prosecuting Attorney’s Award for exceptional commitment to consumer protection. In 2014, the Federal Drug Agent Foundation awarded Chris and his team the True American Hero Award for their work in the investigation and apprehension of the former head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico (“Chapo Guzman”).
Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Princeton University.
Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001); Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1996)
New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Activities and Affiliations
Member, Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition