Christopher Garcia defends clients in their highest-stakes regulatory and criminal disputes.

Leveraging his extensive experience as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Garcia helps companies, boards of directors, executives, broker-dealers, and investment advisers navigate:

  • Internal investigations
  • Securities class actions in state and federal courts across the US
  • Securities and corporate governance issues
  • Regulatory compliance

Mr. Garcia was previously Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In this role, he led all aspects of securities fraud investigations and litigation, including those The New York Times highlighted as underpinning “the government’s widespread crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street.” He has supervised the investigation and prosecution of more than 300 cases relating to corporate fraud, consumer fraud, insider trading, fraudulent investment schemes, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including matters arising from the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr. Garcia is a recognized as a thought leader in the academic and legal community. He served on Law360’s 2020 Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board and regularly speaks and writes on securities litigation, enforcement, and white collar topics, including cybersecurity, social media communications and related US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure issues, and anti-corruption enforcement. He has presented as a featured speaker at events coordinated by Bloomberg/Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the SEC, and the US Department of Justice. He also has been featured in leading publications, including Bloomberg, Forbes, and Reuters.

Mr. Garcia serves as Chair of the New York Regional Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s White Collar Crime Committee and as Co-Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Securities Fraud Sub-Committee. He has also served as a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Membership Committee and on the board of the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1999
  • AB, Harvard University, 1995
    magna cum laude