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Former Federal Prosecutor and AmLaw 100 Partner, David M. Chaiken, Launches National White Collar Trial Boutique

November 2, 2020 GMT


Top white collar trial partner and former federal prosecutor David M. Chaiken announced today the formation of ChaikenLaw Ltd., a boutique national white collar litigation and investigations law firm based in Atlanta.

The formation of the new firm follows a streak of recent wins by Chaiken from coast to coast, including successfully negotiating a corporate Non-Prosecution Agreement on behalf of a real estate development company in the FBI’s “Operation Casino Loyale,” the high-profile federal investigation into corruption in Los Angeles City government, and the representation of an investment manager in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s investigation into conservation easement tax deduction transactions, which concluded with the issuance of a Senate report in August 2020.


The firm represents corporate and individual targets, subjects, witnesses, and victims in white collar criminal matters, civil and criminal government investigations and enforcement actions, and in corporate internal investigations involving allegations of securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, bank fraud, tax fraud, healthcare fraud, government contracting fraud, cybercrimes, and bribery and political corruption.

Chaiken left the partnership at the Troutman Pepper law firm, where he launched a white collar practice in December 2016 after prosecuting white collar cases for the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly a decade.

In addition to his time as a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm and serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Economic Crimes section of the Atlanta U.S. Attorney’s Office for almost ten years, Chaiken previously practiced at elite global law firms in Atlanta and San Francisco and completed a judicial clerkship with a federal trial judge in Atlanta. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his law degree from Emory University, where he graduated with honors and was a member of the law review.

Chaiken is known as a thought-leader in the white collar space, serving as a member of the White Collar Editorial Advisory Board for the national legal publication, Law360, since 2018. He is also active in the community, having been selected for Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2021; the Criminal Justice Act Panels for the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals; Emory Inn of Court; and the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization.


“Particularly in Atlanta, there is room in the market for a white collar trial and investigations boutique like those that have emerged in other major cities that can handle sophisticated matters ranging from an audit committee investigation to a federal jury trial,” said Chaiken. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality legal representation to our clients—equal to that of any top firm in the country—but with some of the efficiencies that can be achieved in a smaller setting, such as lower overhead, fewer conflicts, and more flexible fee arrangements.”

About ChaikenLaw

Founded by former federal prosecutor and AmLaw 100 partner David M. Chaiken, ChaikenLaw is a white collar litigation and investigations law firm based in Atlanta with offices pending in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The firm represents companies and individuals in highly sensitive investigations being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and other government and industry regulators, as well as in corporate internal investigations. Because its practice is primarily federal, the firm has the experience and the expertise to handle white collar matters across the country. See for more information.

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