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Theodore T. Chung (Ted)

Practice Leader Investigations & White Collar Defense


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  • 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)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Law Clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1993-1994)

Government Service

  • 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)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recipient of outstanding service and performance awards from the FBI, U.S. Customs Service, and U.S. Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Agriculture
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