Chris Pelham is a former Assistant United States Attorney who serves international clients with dispute, regulatory, litigation, and internal investigation needs in China and East Asia. Chris is one of only a small number of American former prosecutors who are based in mainland China. From his location in Shanghai, Chris provides Chinese and East Asian clients with immediate insight into, and advice about, the U.S. litigation and criminal systems. He also provides U.S. and European clients with insight into current business and legal issues in China.
Chris represents multinational companies involved in commercial disputes in Asia. His engagements have included disputes over breaches of contract, copyright infringement, trade secrets theft, and fraud, both in U.S. federal and state courts and in arbitration. He also represents Chinese and Asian clients with pending investigations before U.S. prosecutors. Chris's work has included highly sensitive matters such as money laundering and health care fraud.
Chris also assists U.S. and European companies with compliance and anticorruption issues in China and East Asia. He helps clients investigate allegations of embezzlement, conflicts of interest, and commercial and public bribery involving their employees, contractors, and joint venture partners.
Chris previously served eight years with the United States Department of Justice. He tried 10 felony cases before federal juries, submitted at least 10 different appeals briefs, and orally argued before the United States Court of Appeals on four cases.
Chris has been active with several Los Angeles-based nonprofits, including School on Wheels and the L.A. Center for Law & Justice, as well as with Stepping Stones in Shanghai.
Evidence Collection in Criminal Investigations: Cross-Border Issues and Corporate Employee Considerations
- March 30, 2017
International Corporate Compliance, Governance, and FCPA Enforcement in the New Administration
- October 20-21, 2016
California Minority Counsel Program – 27th Annual Business Conference
- October 19, 2016
Data Privacy Laws and Their Impact on Bribery Investigations and Third Party Audits: Strategic Insights for Cross-Border Transfer of Sensitive, Confidential Information
- August 26, 2016
Batson v. Kentucky: 30 Years of Progress and Challenges
- March 31, 2016
Batson v. Kentucky, 30 Years of Progress and Challenges
- January 27, 2016
Litigation Hold: When and How to Preserve Evidence During Investigations and Litigation
- New York University (J.D. 2005; Moot Court Law Board; Black Allied Law Students Association); University of California, Berkeley (B.A. in Rhetoric & Political Economy of Industrial Societies with honors 2002)
- Assistant United States Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Central District of California (2007-2015)
- Recipient of the 2014 California Lawyer of the Year Award in Criminal Law