Rydberg, Christopher John

Christopher (C.J.) Rydberg


C.J. Rydberg is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.

Mr. Rydberg advises on white collar criminal defense and government and internal investigations for clients across a variety of industries, with a focus on technology, healthcare, education, and financial services. 

He has experience advising clients on compliance with, and investigations related to, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other domestic anticorruption laws, US export controls and trade sanctions, US antiterrorism laws, and the False Claims Act. Mr. Rydberg has represented clients in government-facing investigations before and litigation with the Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, and other domestic regulators. 

Mr. Rydberg also has experience conducting high-stakes, sensitive internal and government investigations for educational institutions and companies involving antidiscrimination and workplace misconduct matters.

In addition, Mr. Rydberg counsels clients on anticorruption and trade controls diligence for cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions.

Mr. Rydberg currently serves as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active and varied pro bono practice. His pro bono work has included advising an independent panel of experts charged with investigating the circumstances surrounding the 2019 death of Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colorado; representing incarcerated clients challenging prison failures to mitigate COVID-19; counseling nonprofit organizations on compliance with US sanctions; and representing clients seeking permanent immigration status.

Mr. Rydberg received his JD from New York University School of Law, graduating cum laude. In 2011, Mr. Rydberg received his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2018
  • BS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2011