Theodore T.Chung (Ted)

Practice Leader Investigations & White Collar Defense

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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; health care and life sciences, financial, and regulatory fraud (e.g., False Claims Act [FCA], 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 was the recipient of outstanding service and performance awards from many governmental agencies.

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.


  • Fortune 1000 public company assesses its compliance programJones Day assisted a Fortune 1000 public company in a year-long project to assess its compliance program and adopt enhancements to its program.
  • Multinational Fortune 500 company resolves SEC accounting issues investigation and obtains declination from DOJJones Day represented a multinational Fortune 500 company in a SEC and DOJ investigation regarding accounting issues related to multiple company projects in the U.S. and several countries around the world.
  • Sonepar sells Vallen Distribution to Nautic PartnersJones Day represented the Sonepar Group – a Paris-headquartered global leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services – in the sale of Sonepar's subsidiary business, Vallen Distribution, to Nautic Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Rhode Island.
  • Multi-state charter school company successfully defeats foreign government's 1782 applicationJones Day successfully defended a multi-state charter school company against an application brought by the Republic of Turkey that sought extensive discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
  • Fortune 100 company assesses its anti-corruption compliance programJones Day evaluated the adequacy and effectiveness of a Fortune 100 publicly traded company's global anti-corruption program.
  • Development and investment firm defends grand jury investigation relating to public corruptionJones Day represented a development and investment firm in connection with a federal grand jury investigation pertaining to public corruption.
  • HOERBIGER Group acquires Deublin CompanyJones Day advised HOERBIGER Group, a privately-held industrial company headquartered in Switzerland, on the acquisition of Deublin Company, the leading manufacturer of rotating unions in the world.
  • U.S. design company conducts internal investigation into anonymous complaintsJones Day assisted a U.S. design company by conducting an internal investigation into anonymous allegations regarding the management and operations of the client's Chinese factory, including issues of conflicts-of-interest and corruption.
  • Child pornography victim recovers $93,532.57 in restitutionJones Day represented a child pornography victim and her family in obtaining a $93,532.57 criminal restitution award on July 25.
  • Chevron buys Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day advised Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. ("PRSI") and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • Hyster-Yale acquires 75% of Zhejiang Maximal Forklift TruckJones Day advised Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in its acquisition of 75% of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Limited from KNSN Pipe and Pile Company Limited.
  • The Carlyle Group sells Signode Industrial Group Holdings to Crown Holdings, Inc. for $4 billionJones Day advised The Carlyle Group and its affiliates in connection with the sale of Signode Industrial Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd., a leading global provider of transit packaging systems and solutions, to Crown Holdings, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of packaging products for consumer goods, for an aggregate purchase price of up to $4 billion.
  • Illinois victim of torture sentenced to life without parole at age 17 wins early releaseOur Jones Day team, working in collaboration with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and DLA Piper, helped to secure the early release of Jaime Hauad from prison because he had been subject to torture by Chicago police officers during their investigation of the crimes underlying his conviction.
  • Audit committee of large public company conducts investigation into allegations of public procurement corruption in MexicoOn behalf of the audit committee of a large public company, Jones Day conducted an investigation into certain contracts awarded by Mexican government agencies public bids and evaluated the awards in light of Mexican public procurement and anti-corruption laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Publicly traded medical device company conducts FCPA compliance assessment of distributor services and margins in ChinaJones Day counseled a publicly traded medical device company with respect to its compliance assessment of distributor margins and distributor services in China.
  • Publicly traded life sciences company conducts FCPA investigation of China whistleblower allegations and assessment of local government enforcement actionJones Day assisted a publicly traded life sciences company with its investigation of allegations that senior management in China helped distributors evade the company's anti-corruption controls in potential violation of the FCPA.
  • U.S. company evaluates issues associated with filing an antidumping or countervailing duty petitionJones Day is helping a U.S. company evaluate issues associated with filing an antidumping and/or countervailing duty petition targeting products imported from China.
  • Fortune 500 medical device company conducts mock dawn raidJones Day devised and conducted a mock dawn raid and training at the Brazilian headquarters of a U.S.-based Fortune 500 medical device company.
  • National retailer defends allegations of corruption in Latin America and AsiaJones Day is representing a national retailer in an internal investigation into allegations of corruption in multiple countries in Latin America and Asia and related DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • Jones Day Chicago develops relationship with the Civic Consulting AllianceIn 2011, the Chicago Office began a relationship with the Civic Consulting Alliance ("CCA"), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that reshapes how Chicago works by building pro bono teams comprised of business and legal experts, government leaders, and its own staff to work on discrete projects designed to make the city, county, and other parts of the state more livable, affordable, and globally competitive.
  • 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)


    • 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
    • 2008
      Representing Clients in the Maelstrom of Government Investigations: Reflections on Assorted Topics in White Collar Criminal Defense, Managing White Collar Legal Issues
    • 1994
      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