Ted Chung, chair of the Firm's Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, has deep experience conducting internal investigations, defending companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, and counseling clients on compliance programs and issues.
Throughout his career, Ted has helped participants in many different industries address some of their most complicated and sensitive problems. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has served as investigative and defense counsel in numerous high-profile criminal and administrative matters in the United States and across Latin America, Asia, and Europe. These matters have involved allegations of bribery and other corrupt conduct, including alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Anti-Kickback Statute; financial and regulatory fraud (e.g., False Claims Act, tax, bankruptcy, federal programs); procurement fraud; accounting irregularities; violations of export/import and immigration laws; and violations of corporate policy.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Ted had a distinguished and multifaceted career in both private practice and public service, having served as General Counsel to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a partner at another major law firm, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office, the First Assistant Corporation Counsel in the city of Chicago's law department, and Deputy Chief of Staff (Public Safety) for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Ted has held an appointment as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law and writes and lectures frequently on topics related to white collar crime, corporate compliance, and ethics.
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.
Representation of executives in financial services firm
Represented high-ranking executives of financial services firm in connection with federal criminal investigation into fraud and public corruption.
Federal criminal investigation into public grants
Represented and counseled public agencies in connection with federal criminal investigation into grants issued to various organizations.
Internal investigation for large public transportation agency
Conducted internal investigation into allegations of irregularities in Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program administered by large public transportation agency.
Operation Board Games
Represented State of Illinois in connection with corruption investigation and prosecution of former Governor.
State of Indiana v. Pastrick et al.
Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General (Indiana) in civil racketeering case against former Mayor, other public officials, and contractors.
"Hired Truck" Investigation
Represented and counseled City of Chicago departments and officials in connection with federal corruption investigation and prosecutions targeting high-ranking City officials and contractors.
Representation of state panel in review of university admissions practices
Conducted investigation into allegations of improper admissions practices at University of Illinois on behalf of State commission.
Operation Safe Road
Lead federal prosecutor in multiple cases charging trucking company officials and other individuals with fraud and bribery in connection with licensing of commercial drivers license applicants in Illinois and elsewhere (N.D. Ill.)
U.S. v. Mantas et al.
Prosecution of meat distribution company and owner who stored tons of adulterated meat and poultry (N.D. Ill.)
U.S. v. Carman et al.
Led prosecution of kidnapping ring for murder, racketeering, narcotics, and weapons offense, resulting in exoneration of four men wrongfully convicted in earlier state prosecution (N.D. Ill.)
U.S. v. Reynolds
On behalf of government, briefed and argued former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds' appeal of federal fraud conviction (7th Cir.)
Kirschenbaum v. Northwestern University
Defense of University against contract claim by tenured professor seeking guaranteed salary (Circuit Court, Cook County)
Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Internal Investigations: Whether and How to Investigate During a Global Pandemic
- February 18, 2015
Expecting the Unexpected: How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive a Search Warrant, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- September 20, 2010
Advice to Counsel on 'Advice of Counsel," Law360
Representing Clients in the Maelstrom of Government Investigations: Reflections on Assorted Topics in White Collar Criminal Defense, Managing White Collar Legal Issues
Democratic Theory and the Legislative Process: Mourning the Death of Originalism in Statutory Interpretation, co-author, 68 Tul. L. Rev. 803
- June 26-27, 2018
ACI's Midwest Anti-Corruption Compliance Forum
- June 7, 2018
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Managing Risks for International Companies, Jones Day University
- June 20, 2017
Current Issues in Internal and Government Investigations: What Companies Should Know
- June 1, 2017
Cross-Border Investigations, JD University
- February 23, 2017
U.S. Business Outlook in the New Administration Transition in the Legal Trenches: How Trump Appointees Could Shape the Judiciary and Influence Enforcement Priorities
- May 5, 2016
Office of the Governor - General Counsel's Office, CLE panelist, Supreme Court Review: October Term 2015 and Beyond
- February 22, 2016
Commercial, Political, and Regulatory Risks in Foreign Operations
- February 26, 2015
Answering the Door When the Government Knocks: Effectively Responding to Government Investigations
- October 16, 2014
Jones Day Partners Take Part in the Inaugural Illinois Leadership Conference
- May 6, 2014
The Continuing Expansion of Health Care Enforcement by U.S. and International Authorities: Key Developments and Implications for the Future
- May 18, 2013
US Attorneys Office Asian American Heritage Month Luncheon
- April 9-10, 2013
Jones Day 2013 Chicago Health Care Conference
- November 15, 2012
Latest Trends With The Corporate Whistleblower: What In-House Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officers Should Be Prepared For, North Shore Wine Tasting and CLE
- June 7, 2012
Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
- May 2012
Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office Annual Asian-American Heritage Month Luncheon
- January 2012
Jones Day Chicago hosts University of Illinois BLSA students in an informational panel
- November 4, 2011
The Feds Are Coming: How to Conduct Internal Investigations and the Nuts and Bolts of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Chicago Bar Assn. Breaking Barriers Building Bridges Seminar
- May 19, 2011
Jones Day MCLE University - Chicago
- May 2, 2011
Expert Witness Expertise: Amended Rule 26 and its Impact on Being a Good Expert, Alvarez & Marsal University
- September 2010
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments & Guidance for Counsel, International Association of Korean Lawyers 2010 Conference
- May 2010
The Duty of Loyalty: Managing Expectations and Strategies for Resolving Issues that Arise Between In-House and Outside Counsel, ABA Spring Minority Counsel Program
- April 2010
From Rhetoric to Reality: What Managers Can Do to Inspire Ethical Conduct by Employees, Illinois Department of Transportation Ethics in the Workplace Seminar
- October 2009
Sage Counsel in Crisis: Responding Effectively When a Crisis Comes Knocking, Association of Corporate Counsel
- May 2009
Through Ethics: How Do We Restore Trust in Government?, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area
- November 2008
Workplace Investigations: Best Practices and Big Mistakes by Employers, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- October 2008
Preparing for and Responding to Government Investigations: Practical Guidance for Corporate Counsel and Compliance Officers, Association of Corporate Counsel
- Northwestern University (J.D. cum laude 1993; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review); Dartmouth College (A.B. in English cum laude 1989)
- General Counsel, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois (2009-2010); Counsel, Illinois Admissions Review Commission (2009); First Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Law (2005-2007); Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley (2004-2005); and U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, Criminal Division: Deputy Chief of General Crimes Section (2002-2004) and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1998-2004)
Chambers USA: litigation: white-collar crime & government investigations (2019 and 2020)
Legal 500: recommended in U.S. dispute resolution: corporate investigations and white-collar crime (2018-2020) and in Latin America: international firms: compliance and investigations (2021)
Best Lawyers in America: criminal defense: white collar (2019-2021)
Illinois Super Lawyer (2013-2021)
Recipient of outstanding service and performance awards from the FBI, U.S. Customs Service, and U.S. Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Agriculture
- Law Clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1993-1994)