Christian Everdell is a member of Cohen & Gresser’s White Collar Defense and Litigation and Arbitration groups. Chris represents companies and individuals in criminal prosecutions, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex civil litigation. He regularly defends clients in matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other government enforcement agencies. Chris has extensive experience in matters involving securities and commodities fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, consumer fraud, and U.S. economic/OFAC sanctions and export regulations. Chris’s practice also focuses on regulatory issues concerning digital currency, blockchain technology, and initial coin offerings (ICOs), as well as privacy and cybersecurity.
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. While in the office, Chris tried a number of federal criminal cases and also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 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 was previously an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented companies, audit committees, and executives in white collar criminal defense and regulatory matters and internal investigations involving allegations of improper accounting and revenue recognition, market manipulation, and channel stuffing. While at Debevoise, Chris conducted five felony trials while serving as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for a six-month pro bono term.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Chris 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 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